Dude note: If you have not seen the classic movie Meatballs, 1) shame on you and 2) some of the references in the post will make absolutely no sense to you.
Summer is around the corner and that means parents are scrambling, looking for ways to get rid of their kids for the summer. I mean, they’re looking for ways to enhance their child’s life. That means only thing: summer camp. Food, fun, games, new friendships, life lessons. What could be better? Well…for those kids with celiac disease, it throws a major monkey wrench into things.
Sure it matters. Three meals a day plus snacks? It totally matters. But if there were summer camps that could completely accommodate those with celiac disease?
Believe me…there are camps out there that do food right. And celiac friendly? Is it really possible to keep the kids safe in this atmosphere? Here is how the NJY Camps handle it:
As for the rest of our camp program, the cooking activity is gluten-free so anyone can sign up. Campers going out for athletic or swim meets have their meals prepared in the gf kitchen. Last summer we served over 75 campers and staff.
We run 6 family camp weekends over the course of the summer. One is a specifically GF family weekend, which this year is June 10-12, 2016. It is in partnership with the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University who supply medical staff for sessions in the.morning if parents wish to attend.
That’s how they handle it. Pretty cool, right? While I cannot personally vouch for them, they seem to be taking all of the proper precautions and doing it in a way where the kids do not feel different.
The questions is…are there other camps around the world that offer a safe zone for those kids with celiac? I have not done the research. In my defense, it’s out of pure laziness.
So do you run a celiac-camp? Have you attended a celiac-safe camp? Are you aware of any celiac-safe camps? Do you have a second cousin on your mom’s side who has a friend, whose sister has celiac and has been to a safe camp? I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.
Please leave a comment below and let us know what you know. No kid should miss out on summer fun because of a stupid autoimmune disease.
Believe me Tripper…it matters: