I was really hungry. I had been at a fantastic trade show for people with food allergies for 6 hours and had forgotten to pack a lunch. As the crowd of potential summer camp parents and campers at my booth began to thin I went on a walk, hoping some of the vendors had some gluten free and peanut free samples to tide me over.
Our summer camp in NH is known for many things, and thankfully, one of them is for being a safe summer home for campers with food allergies and sensitivities. For more than 15 years we have proudly been peanut free and tree nut free, and have served safe meals for children who need gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free or even garlic free meals.
Thursday's are special days here at our overnight camp in NH. Most of the chefs have off, but that doesn't mean we are without delicious meals. At lunch time the entire community has a massive picnic on the lawn around our dining hall. The kitchen staff today put out an amazing feast of different deli meats, a few types of salads, grilled meats, veggies and cheeses for make-your-own-nachos, and an array of fresh fruits and homemade cupcakes.
Our summer camp in New Hampshire has proudly welcomed children with food allergies and sensitivities for more than a decade now. It's an important part of our mission that we are a safe summer home for people who need are avoiding gluten.
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.
Our chefs work really hard to create meals that our campers and counselors will love. As you can imagine, we have many different types of eaters, including carnivores, vegetarians, kids who prefer sandwiches, those who need to eat gluten free, egg free or dairy free, those who live on pasta, and of course, our picky kids who really prefer to only eat chicken fingers whenever possible. Thankfully, our team of 5 talented chefs (and one amazing baker) find ways to make delicious camp food for everyone, and our campers and counselors tell us that they love our meals!
Earlier in the summer I used our blog to answer an important question: so what do you guys do at your overnight camp when it rains? The short answer is that in the absence of thunder and lightning we play outside, and it's fabulous fun. But there are moments in the summer when the sky rumbles off in the distance, and we have a totally different set of protocols. Tonight was one of those nights, and it helped us have a fantastic, memorable evening.
It's a question children and parents ask me all the time: so what's the first day like at Kenwood and Evergreen? Implicit in the question is the concern how do I know that my child will be ok in this new community? Will she make new friends? Will he be glad that he signed up for this adventure? Well, let me share with what our opening day was like.