Gluten Free Resources: Gluten Free Camps

NORTHEAST


Camp Celiac

Date: August 6-11, 2017
Price: $640
Location: Camp Aldersgate, 1043 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857
Contact: info@campceliac.org
http://campceliac.org/
Camp Celiac began as a weekend sleepaway camp in July 2000 and quickly evolved into a 5-day sleepaway camp that has grown in attendance each year. The summer camp is for youth aged 8 – 16 with Celiac Disease, and campers come from all over the United States as well as abroad. Camp Aldersgate's kitchen is thoroughly cleaned TWICE before Camp Celiac campers arrive, and the kitchen is entirely gluten free for the 5-day period. Two registered nurses are on site at all times. The property sits on 230 acres of woods, trails, fields, and a lake. A A variety of traditional camp activities, sports, and team building games are offered. NOTE: Camp Celiac is not able to accommodate any dietary intolerances/sensitivities or allergies other than gluten free and lactose free.

Camp Eagle Hill

Dates: Full Season (June 24-August 5, 2017), 4-Week Session (June 24-July 22, 2017), or 2-Week Session (July 22-August 5, 2017)
Price: varies based on session, age, and how early you register
Location: White Oak Road, Elizaville, NY 12523
Contact: Email Jesse Scherer at summer@campeaglehill.com
http://www.campeaglehill.com
This traditional summer camp now has a dedicated Gluten Free Kitchen and dedicated Chef for children in need of a gluten free diet. The camp is open to first-time and seasoned campers ages 6 – 16. Camp Eagle Hill is a 200 acre facility that blends a perfect mixture of open grassy fields, rolling hills, and woodlands. A large range of instruction in sports and activities is offered.

Celiac Strong

Dates: August 9-12, 2017. Registration opens February 1, 2017, and there are only 60 camp slots available.
Price: Visit the website
Location: Hunt, NY
Contact: Email Sabrina DeVos at celiacstrongcamp@gmail.com
http://www.celiacstrongcamp.org
This camp was started by Sabrina DeVos, a Celiac girl scout, as her project to earn her "Gold Award" in Girl Scouts. Originally started as a weekend camp, it has now expanded to 3 nights. It will be a worry-free camping experience for boys and girls, ages 7-16, and the camp will be able to accommodate both gluten free and lactose free diets. For more information, visit http://www.celiacstrongcamp.org or email Sabrina directly at info@CeliacStrongCamp.org

Camp Emerson

Dates: (Week 1/2) June 24-July 8, 2017; (Week 3/4) July 8-22, 2017; and (Week 5/6) July 22-August 5, 2017.
Price: $3,450 for a 2-week session. Pricing for 4 and 6-week sessions is available on the website. Limited scholarships are available.
NOTE: There is also a Family Camp from August 14-18 for $299 per person. Children under 6 are free. Infants to grandparents are welcome. Many families like Family Camp as a vacation destination. They know that all the food will be safe, and they don't have to travel with food or make it themselves!
Location: 212 Longview Avenue (P.O. Box 808), Hinsdale, MA 01235
Contact: 800-782-3395
http://www.campemerson.com
Camp Emerson welcomes campers that are gluten free and strives to make sleepaway camp worry free for kids and their parents. Gluten free foods are always availalbe. Plus, they support ALL food allergies and special diets. They are completely peanut, tree nut, shellfish, and sesame free.There is a Food Allergy Kitchen area with separate equipment, and professional chefs are trained in cross-contamination. Sue Lein, owner and Camp Director, will speak with you personally about your child's allergies and dietary needs and come up with an individual plan based on the specific allergies, as well as food likes/dislikes. At Camp Emerson, campers will enjoy 170 acres in the Berkshire Mountains, complete with lakes for swimming, sailing, water-skiing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and ziplining. There's also a heated pool, ropes courses, an art center and ceramics studio, outdoor stage, theater and performance hall, dance studio, rock band studio, media studio, commercial kitchen for cooking classes, and science and engineering labs. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the six tennis courts, gymnastics center, baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, an archery range, soccer fields, hockey arena, and golf driving range. Campers stay in wood cabins chaperoned by counselors. For more information, visit http://www.campemerson.com or call 800-782-3395. Details about their gluten free/allergy free meal program can be found on this page: http://www.campemerson.com/food-allergy-specialist

NJY Camps (Nah-Jee-Wah, Cedar Lake, TAC, and Round Lake)

Dates and Pricing: All information about the different camps they offer, based on age, is available on their website. Gluten free meals are available during all sessions.
Location: 570 Sawkill Road, Milford, PA 18337
NJY Camps offer a dedicated, GIG Certified, Gluten Free Kosher Kitchen. The camp is a co-ed resident camp, and their philosophy is that EVERY child should be able to enjoy the overnight camp experience without any restrictions. There is a gluten free compatible menu with a separate serving line and salad bar to avoid the potential of cross-contamination. Specific staff is hired to meet the dietary, emotional, and medical needs of the gluten free campers. Short or extended stays are available for children in Grades 1-11. Located just 1.5 hours from New York City in Milford, Pennsylvania, NJY Camp facilities include a full athletic complex, an Olympic pool, a lake, ropes courses, science labs, numerous art shops including a woodshop, ceramics studio and pottery wheels, horseback riding trails, plus hundreds of acres of natural wooded hiking area. Specialty camps are offered for sports, sciences and the arts. There are also a variety of family camp weekends, and the gluten free kitchen is open for those. One weekend is exclusively for gluten free families only. Visit their website at www.njyglutenfree.blogspot.com for more information, or call 973-575-3333, ext. 113 for more information. You can also email the camp at glutenfree@njycamps.org

 

MID ATLANTIC


International Sports Training Camp

Dates and Pricing: There are sessions offered throughout the summer. Dates and rates are available on their website
Location: 1100 Twin Lake Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Contact Rick Coxe, Executive Chef (and who happens to have Celiac Disease) at 570-620-2267 or email him at rick@international-sports.com
http://www.international-sports.com
International Sports Training Camp is a 500-acre facility located along the private Trout Lake in the heart of northeastern Pennsylvania’s beautiful Pocono Mountains. It combines traditional camping experiences with the one-week sports camp experience. They offer 1-week “All Sports” camps for kids ages 8-16, 1-week soccer camps for ages 8-16, and 1-week sports/adventure camp for ages 15-17. All camps accommodate Gluten Free campers. (Campers disclose their GF status in their medical history form, and the Chef is given that information. Chef Rick is happy to talk with parents prior to registration.) Prices for 2017 range from $1,195-$1,645 for the various overnight camps, depending on which camp and the number of days. Coaches stress sportsmanship and team play while teaching life skills in a fun and safe atmosphere. Campers improve their play and also make friends and try new experiences, which help them to grow as individuals. Modern cabins all have individual bathroom and shower facilities and are staffed by live-in counselors who take an active role in each camper’s day to ensure they get the most from their camp experience. Executive Chef and fellow Celiac Rick Coxe personally overseas a dedicated gluten free area of the main kitchen.


SOUTHEAST


Camp Weekaneatit

Date: May 28 – June 2, 2017. Register now...space is limited. Application must be complete by March 15, 2017. You can save $50 with the early bird registration discount if you submit your application by January 31, 2017. Sibling discounts are also available.
Price: $600
Location: Camp Twin Lakes/Camp Dream, 6135 Roosevelt Hwy, Warm Springs, GA 31830
Contact: For more information, contact Mary Bohdan at campweekaneatit@gmail.com or 770-716-7682
http://www.glutenfreecamp.org
This overnight camp is organized by the Georgia Celiac Foundation annually, and it welcomes kids aged 7 to 17 with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity -- and their siblings. Camp activities include swimming, boating, archery, ceramics, and, of course, all meals and snacks are entirely gluten-free. There is also a 24-hour on-site health center.

Gluten Intolerance Group Kids Camp, East (Camp Kanata)

Date: July 23 – 29, 2017 (this is the dedicated gluten free week). Registration is now open.
Price: $834 ($100 application fee due upfront; remaining $734 due by April 1, 2017).
Location: 13524 Camp Kanata Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Contact: You can contact the Gluten Intolerance Group's (GIG) office: 253-833-6655 or email GenerationGF@Gluten.org or contact the camp directly at: campkanata@mycatriangle.org or 919-556-9459
http://www.campkanata.org
This is a mainstream, integrated overnight camp for kids ages 6-15. Celiac and gluten free kids must be responsible for informing others about their eating restrictions, asking questions, and being aware of what they can and cannot eat. During this week, gluten-free meals are available, but the kitchen is not entirely gluten-free.


SOUTHWEST


The Great Gluten Escape at Camp Gilmont

Date: July 23-29, 2017.
Price: $575
Location: 6075 State Hwy 155, North, Gilmer, TX 75644
Contact: James Hilliard, Program Director, at 903-797-6400 or email alicia@gilmont.org with any questions.
http://www.gilmont.org/great-gluten-escape-ages-7-15.html
This 7 day/6 night camp is designed for kids aged 7 – 15. It provides campers with an opportunity to participate in all traditional summer camp activities like swimming, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, and nature. Older campers also take part in high ropes, zipline, power pole, and mountain biking. There is a registered nurse on site at all times, and nothing but gluten-free food will be served. Cooks are trained and supervised by a certified dietician, and the camp can also accommodate campers on dairy free and soy free diets.


MIDWEST


Camp Waluhili

Date: 2017 dates are: June 25-30, July 9 - July 14, and July 16-21.
Register online today at www.tulsacampfire.org/CAMP.
Early Bird Discount for registrations submitted or postmarked by April 15, 2017.
Discounts available for multiple campers in one family (they do not have to attend the same session/week).
Location: 706 South Boston Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119
Contact: 918-592-2267. Susan Bencke is the Camp Fire Green Country Camp Director and can be reached at sbencke@tulsacampfire.org.
Accredited by the American Camp Association, Camp Waluhili is an overnight camp for ALL kids ages 8-17. It is located on Fort Gibson Lake, 45 minutes outside of Tulsa. The camp is owned and operated by Camp Fire Green Country, a nonprofit organization and Partner Agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. Camp Fire believes all children deserve the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Camp Fire kids gain essential skills that equip and empower them for success in school, work, and life. Gluten free campers are welcome during all three weeks of camp. However, only gluten free food (utilizing Safe and Unsafe Food Lists published by Celiac.com) is available during Week 1 (June 25-30). You can also find more information on the camp's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/campwaluhili

Camp Gluten Freedom

Date: June 11-17, 2017 for Gluten Free week, but accomodations can be made for all 8 Summer Sessions
Price: $605 ($575 for YMCA members) Financial assistance is also available through the YMCA, if needed.
Location: Flat Rock River YMCA Camp, St. Paul, IN (near Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; and Cincinnati, OH)
Contact: Tina Duncan at 317-379-2350 or email tina@glutenfreeallergenfreecamp.com
http://www.glutenfreeallergenfreecamp.com
Started by a mother of a Celiac son over 3 years ago. Her son had attended other camps, but wanted a camp that had amazing activities with a location that was centrally located and would therefore allow many parents to bring their gluten-free campers there. The location is Flat Rock, located on the banks of the Flat Rock River. Camp activities include an alpine tower, zip line, high and low rope courses, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, team building, camp fires, gaga ball, archery, and crafts. This is an integrated camp, but the Food Services Director has a child with a gluten sensitivity issue and has worked in a major school corporation with multiple food allergy kids for several years. Flat Rock River YMCA works to instill the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility in all campers and staff through everything they do. Camp is open to kids aged 7-17, and campers are grouped according to age and live in cabins with 7-9 other campers and two counselors. Campers choose from a wide range of activities that foster friendships and provide outdoor fun. Campers learn to make individual and group decisions with the help of their friends and their counselors.

"Free To Be" Camp at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake

Date: June 18-24, 2017
Price: $475-$615 (tiered pricing). Early bird registration discounts available.
Location: 116 Westminster Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653
Contact: Deanna Seng at 313-341-8969 or deannaseng@gmail.com
http://www.campwestminster.com/summer-camp/food-allergies
Experience a world with new friends, new experiences, and great adventures all in and around beautiful Higgins Lake during Free to Be Camp, a camp for kids following allergen-free diets! Children ages 7-15 can take advantage of all the fun Camp Westminster offers with rock climbing, archery, hiking, arts & crafts, canoeing, kayaking and swimming in Higgins Lake, while enjoying great food free from worry. The camp is able to satisfy your camper’s dietary needs with menu options that support a wide variety of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Their Special Foods Team has experience safely preparing meals free of various allergens including gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, soy, egg, tree nut, peanut, and others. With trained staff and an on-site registered nurse, they’ll handle the food so your child is “Free To Be” just a kid at camp!

Camp Manitou-Lin

Date: June 25-July 1, 2017
Price: $607 (YMCA members receive a 5% discount.). There is an early bird registration discount available for those who register and put down a deposit by January 31, 2017. There is also a discount when more than one family member attends.
Location: Greater Grand Rapids YMCA Camp Manitou Lin, 1095 North Briggs Road, Middleville, MI 49333
Contact: 888-909-2267 or call Greta at 517-349-0294 if you need special information.
https://www.grymca.org/camp/summer-camp/overnight-camp/
Registration can be found on this page of their website. (Click on "Register" and then scroll down the page until you see the Gluten Free Overnight Camp Male and Gluten Free Overnight Camp Female boxes.) For questions, email: glutenfreemichigankidscamp@yahoo.com
Sponsored by the Michigan Capital Celiac/DH Group whose volunteers cook the meals and make sure everything is gluten free, this YMCA-run camp welcomes kids aged 8-16 for a one-week overnight session. Campers are divided into groups based on age, with kids entering grades 8 and 9 having many choices for activities and teens entering grades 10-12 having still more choices, including activities to boost leadership and job skills. While some non-gluten-free campers attend at the same time, gluten-free meals are served separately. The CSA Michigan Capital Celiac/DH Group will provide volunteers to work in the kitchen to make sure all the food for the gluten free camp will be safe. They also accept children with additional food allergies. You can also visit their Facebook page.

Gluten-Free Fun Camp

Date: July 16-21, 2017. Registration opens February 1.
Price: TBA.
Location: Camp Courage, Annandale, MN
Contact: Katie Radeke at camprockmom@gmail.com
Visit Twin Cities R.O.C.K. website for more information.
Located on 305 acres of beautiful lakeshore, woods, and fields near Maple Lake, Minnesota (about 50 miles west of the Twin Cities), campers aged 8-17 are welcome to enjoy a safe, gluten free environment. The goal of the Gluten -Free Fun Camp is to allow campers to forget their eating restrictions and enjoy a traditional summer camp experience. Activities include Dance Party, Ropes Course, Tubing, Archery, Night Games, Tie-Dying, Pool and Waterfront Swimming, Campout, Bonfires, Chocolate Fountain, and much more.

Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe

Date: June 17-July 11, 2017 and July 13-August 6, 2017.
Location: 2144 County Road 137, International Falls, MN 56649
Contact: 513-772-7479 or email Kathy Dix, the Director, at kathydix@ogichi.org
http://www.ogichi.org
An all-girls overnight summer camp that empowers the strong spirits of young women through wilderness tripping. Activities foster teamwork, confidence, perseverance, integrity, leadership, and respect. Located near Voyager’s National Park, girls live in seven newly built cabins and use newly built washhouses. Sessions vary in length from 10 days to Full Summer, depending on age group. Programs are available for girls ages 8-18. Camp Ogichi Daa Kwe has transitioned to a naturally gluten free menu of organic meats, dairy, fruits and vegetables. In fact, the menu at the new Great Lodge is now totally gluten free, so there are absolutely no cross contamination concerns. The 10-day wilderness adventure portion of the camp experience is also gluten free for any trip in which they have a Celiac camper. The portable kitchen for trips has not carried or cooked foods with gluten.

WEST


Camp Celiac

Date: Two sessions are available: July 16-19, 2017 or July 19-22, 2017. Registration opens February 1, 2017.
Price: $25 (additional donations welcome)
Location: Camp Arroyo, 5555 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Contact: 925-455-5118
http://www.celiaccamp.com/
This 138-acre camp, set amidst the rolling hills of the San Francisco Bay area, welcomes campers between the ages of 9 and 16 (junior counselor positions are available for 16-17 year olds) who are from northern California. Camp Arroyo is a spectacular facility managed by a joint public and private effort between the East Bay Regional Park District, the Taylor Family Foundation, and the YMCA. Campers enjoy traditional camp activities such as rock climbing, zip-lining, outdoor sports, boating, swimming, archery, art, and more while eating a completely gluten-free diet. Priority registration will be given to campers from Northern California.

Gluten Intolerance Group Kids Camp, West (Camp Sealth)

Date: July 31 - August 5, 2017 (Any session during this week is available to gluten free campers. Register for any in-camp program during Session 5.)
Price: $655-$905 (varies by program). A list of all available sessions, including pricing, during Session 5 is located on their website.
To register, you must fill out a form on Camp Sealth's website
Location: 14500 SW Camp Sealth Road, Vashon, WA 98070
Contact: Gluten Intolerance Group's (GIG) office: 253-833-6655 or email GenerationGF@Gluten.org OR contact the camp directly: Brigid Walsh, Member Services Manager at brigidw@campfireseattle.org or at 206-826-8937
http://campfireseattle.org/camp-sealth-overnight-camp/all-about-camp-sealth/gluten-intolerance-camp/
This overnight camp welcomes kids from 2nd through 10th grade and provides one week of gluten-free meals. Campers, however, must be aware of their eating restrictions and able to communicate their dietary needs as non-gluten-free meals will also be served. Food is prepared in a separate GF kitchen. Most other special diets can be accommodated.

Camp Blue Spruce

Date: August 20-26, 2017
Price: $725-$825 (tiered pricing) for General Camp ages 9-13. $800-$900 (tiered pricing) for Teen eXplorer and Counselor In Training progam. Camp ages 14-17. Early bird discounts, sibling discounts, and financial assistance are all available.
Location: Camp Tapawingo, 22505 Black Rock Road, Falls City, OR 97344
Contact: info@campbluespruce.org or 503-726-8886
This sleepaway camp, located at the base of the Oregon Coast Range and surrounded by 160 wooded acres, gives kids with food allergies ages 9-17 a summer camp experience where they can be independent, confident, and care-free. Days and nights at camp are filled with fun indoor and outdoor activities like sports, swimming, canoeing, cooking, arts and crafts, hiking, campfires, talent shows, and scavenger hunts. The camp is organized by a highly qualified team of medical advisors, parents of children with food allergies, cooks and nutritionists, and camp professionals. Camp Blue Spruce is free of foods with gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, and sesame. Favorite meals include a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner, taco night, and a BBQ. The fabulous allergy-friendly desserts are always a hit. For more details about the food and its preparation, visit this page of their website.