The Camp Office is all excited for Halloween! As is our tradition, we want to remind our friends that many of the trick-or-treaters coming to your door will have serious food allergies. Starting a few years ago the Food Allergy & Research Education Foundation made it really easy to identify which homes were offering safe alternatives for people allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten, or other ingredients. By posting a teal pumpkin on your front door you are letting every parent and child know that your home is offering something that they can safely enjoy.
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.
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.
We saw an extremely important announcement today that potentially effects all people with food allergies. If you or your child has a peanut or tree nut allergy and you own an Auvi-Q please make sure to read up on their massive product recall. It appears that their epinephrine injectors do not always provide a proper dosage to stop the onset of anaphylaxis.
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.
It was wonderful seeing so many of our camp friends this past Saturday. Almost 100 campers, staff and parents joined us for our annual camp reunion at the Longfellow Sports Club in Natick, MA! Many of our campers and staff had not seen each other since our closing day of the summer, and you could see how happy everyone was to be together. While most at the reunion live locally, a number of campers and staff traveled from New York, New Jersey, and even Georgia!
Helping make Halloween safe for kids with food allergies
Last week one of our Kenwood and Evergreen moms sent me an email with this teal pumpkin image attached. I had never seen it before, and I immediately thought it was a great idea. Hanging it in front of your house or apartment this Halloween will immediately signify to parents and kids that your home is aware and sensitive to the needs of kids with food allergies and intolerances. I love that this came from a K&E parent whose children have no known allergies. She just walks-the-walk when it comes to being inclusive!
We are very excited to welcome our friends and family to our summer camp in NH tomorrow
Tomorrow, sometime after 9am, about 1,200 parents, grandparents and siblings of our current campers' will be arriving at our summer camp in NH. Our very happy campers are eagerly anticipating seeing so many loved ones. If you need a copy of tomorrow's schedule please click here. Below is also a map of our campus, which will enlarge when you click on it.