Camp can be a safe place for a child with even the most severe allergies, as long as camp staff, parents and the camper are made aware and take precautions. In fact, many camps today are entirely nut free. Each camp or program will have their own procedures in place for allergies, food restrictions or special requests so it's important to ask the right questions.
Regarding special diets, that is no longer an issue at both day and overnight camps. Camps can accommodate special diets for religious or health requirements. Once the camp is informed of your child's needs, the director and counsellors will ensure that special accommodations are made so that your child is not provided with unwanted food options.
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I've heard about leadership (LIT or CIT) programs. What are they?
You may see the term LIT or CIT program; it's short for Leadership-in-Training or Counsellor-in-Training program.
These are opportunities camps provide...read more
Is there always someone supervising the campers? Even during the night at residential/overnight camps?
Yes. Camps take their responsibility for your child very, very seriously. Their programs, staffing, facilities and schedules are all planned...read more
What is the food like? My child is a picky eater . . . My child has special dietary needs . . . My child has allergies . . .
Camps aim for balanced menus that appeal to kids and that ensure nutritious, filling and tasty food. Some automatically include...read more
Meals, snacks provided ect., also sleeping arrangements, bedtime/wake up time, credentials of camp leaders and how they deal with unexceptable behaviour ex. bad language, behaviour issues ect.
Each camp varies in regard to meal times, snack times, sleeping arrangements and bedtime/wake up times so it's a good...read more
My daughter has a number of severe food allergies. It is not just that she could choose not to eat a particular item if it wasn't suitable- food has to be made intentionally without her allergens. She can still be around her allergens iI others were eating them but, on the other hand, I wouldn't want her to feel that what she is eating is to different or set apart as part of the camp experience is in all eating together. I would like for her to be able to experience camp but safely. Can anyone recommend a camp that truly can accommodate children with severe food allergies? So many camps I speak with tell me that they receive epipen training every year and that she could just not eat whatever wasn't safe for her! She wouldn't be able to eat anything then and hopefully she wouldn't ever need the epipen!
All of the camps that we work with are extremely attentive to children's safety and acknowledge that some children who...read more