How do you know that the camp you have chosen for your child is really aware of how to keep children with food allergies safe? It's a pretty important question, and one that isn't necessarily easy to answer. As an overnight camp that has been recognized by the FAAN and publications like Living Without Magazine for our innovations in this area we field a lot of phone calls from parents who really aren't sure what questions to ask camp directors.
With that in mind we put together a checklist of the 8 questions parents of a child with peanut or tree nut allergies should consider asking before choosing a summer camp. An example question is "on Chinese food night is sesame or peanut oil used?" You would be amazed at how many people don't know that this could be a potential source for an allergic reaction!
We also know that peanuts and tree nuts are not the only allergies or intolerances to be concerned about. For more than 10 years now we have proudly served children who have diets that are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, mustard free, or citrus free. For these families we also offer 6 questions we recommend asking to help keep your child safe this coming summer. One question we would certainly consider asking is "who is making sure that the correct meals go out on day or overnight trips?" Few prospective parents (or camp directors!) we speak with have considered the important logistics of making sure the right food goes on every hike, mountain climb or canoe trip.
Whichever summer camp your family chooses, we want to make sure that your children are safe and happy. We hope that these two checklists provide you with the right resources to find a camp that will keep provide your child with food allergies many wonderful summers!