Top Rated Food Allergy-Friendly Day Camps

 
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School’s out and camp is in! Summer camp is a great opportunity for kids with food allergies to gain independence, self-advocacy skills, and to have fun!

Whether you have a budding thespian, athlete, scientist, and yes, even chef, Spokin users have shared 25 allergy-friendly day camps across the country.

California | Illinois | Indiana | Massachusetts | Michigan | New Jersey
New York | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin | Multiple Locations

 
 
 

CALIFORNIA


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Stretch the Imagination

Location: San Francisco, California

“We have done a few summer camps, and this one was by far the most relaxing for me, as a parent. The counselors were trained and organized. The camp was nut-free including “made in a facility” items, and by my observation, this policy was actually enforced when people sent in offending items by accident. Highly recommend.”

@ps who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, and soy allergies


ILLINOIS


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The Kids’ Table

Location: Chicago, IL

“This cooking camp was 100% nut-free when we attended — they also have great birthday parties too!”

@susie who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


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Lill Street Learning Center

Location: Chicago, IL

“Our daughter safely took a few camps here including comic making and pottery. She brought her own lunch and there was an option to buy lunch too. We felt very comfortable. 🎨”

@adamwood who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


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Hannaberry Farm

Location: Crete, IL

“This is a horseback-riding camp that is very aware of my food allergies, and contacts all the other campers’ families to be conscious of my allergy and to please not bring any nuts. The owners of the camp are incredibly kind and thoughtful. I’m so lucky to have found Hannaberry!”

@natalie who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


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Tamarak Day Camp

Location: Lincolnshire, Illinois

“We sent our airborne/contact reactive (to peanut) daughter to Tamarak for years. They were always exceptionally careful to be sure she was safe and included. When we had a VERY short list of “safe” places, Tamarak was our daughter’s oasis.”

@ctatelli who manages a Celiac-gluten allergy (parent of a child with a peanut allergy)


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Fred's Camp

Location: Chicago, IL

“A few members of the camp staff have children with food allergies so they are understanding and willing to accommodate food allergies. My son has attended this summer camp and even ridden their bus for two years without any problems.”

@aaps, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and sesame allergies


Mayer Kaplan JCC

Location: Skokie, Illinois

“The staff at Apachi Skokie (Mayer Kaplan) JCC is fantastic about food allergies. My 7 year old had his first real 8 week day camp experience and I felt confident from our first meeting pre-camp. My son is severely allergic to dairy…and despite the fact that they are Kosher and ask families to bring dairy lunches (no meat), they fully accommodated us every step of the way. It all comes down to the staff and they won me over day one. We’ll be back next year without a doubt.

@jens, who manages a milk allergy


Steve & Kate's Camp at Alcott Elementary

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“We love the flexibility of this camp in terms of schedule and activities offered. The food provided is nut-free and campers are discouraged from bringing their own food. There is a clear statement on the website that any food brought from home must be nut-free. Medications are stored at the HQ area and my daughter’s allergy is coded on her badge with a colored sticker. Staff has been very supportive and accommodating. It’s my understanding that they are all trained in first aid, including epi-pen administration.”

@laroko, who manages a tree nut allergy


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Emerald City’s Little Theater

Location: Chicago, Illinois

“Our daughter did a few theater camps here and they were really educated — at the time she went it was nut-free and they took food allergies very seriously.” 

@susie, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


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Dreams Gymnastics & Dance

Location: Glenview, Illinois

“My daughter, who is both contact and anaphylactic to dairy, attended a gymnastics camp at Dreams. Although there are no parameters on food brought in for snack-time, they wipe each child’s hands before and after snacks are eaten.”

@amgaetano, who manages a milk allergy


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The Laboratory

Location: Chicago, IL

“When we signed up for the camp, we had to agree that the camp was nut-free (in order to sign-up) and agree that we wouldn’t bring any nuts! I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

@susie, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


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JCC Apachi Chicago Day Camp at UIC

Location: Chicago, IL

“Apachi has always been very proactive re: food allergies. I never worried when our son was there. I knew he was in good hands!”

@sheberhard, who manages peanut, tree nut, seed, sesame, flax, and hemp allergies


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Kids Science Labs

Location: Chicago, IL

“Snacks are nut-free and staff has always accommodated other allergen-free requests such as dairy when needed or requested.”

@aaps, who manages peanut, tree nuts, milk, and sesame allergies


INDIANA

 

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Camp Tecumseh

Location: Brookston, IL

“This camp was AMAZING for my celiac kids. The food services director and I spoke on the phone and then he sent me a 2 week menu ahead of time. I spoke with each of my kids’ counsellors at drop off and they already knew about the kids needing to eat gluten free and fully supported helping them out. The kids came back with RAVE reviews about the food, and most importantly, never got sick…”

@thedyercrew, who manages tree nut, milk, egg, and Celiac-gluten allergies


MASSACHUSETTS


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Camp Shriver at UMass Boston

Location: Boston, MA

“One of the best camps around! High quality, extremely fun and safe.”

@mthomp2468, who manages a peanut allergy


MICHIGAN


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Camp Roger

Location: Rockford, Michigan

“Camp Roger has a “Special Foods” program designed to create a normal and safe week at camp for kids with food allergies!”

@katyspykman who manages tree nut and milk allergies


NEW JERSEY


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Tall Pines Day Camp

Location: Monroe Township, New Jersey

"I’m a parent of a food allergic elementary school child, and I provide food allergy counseling, education, and support to keep food allergic individuals safe and included in ALL aspects of life."

@safeandincluded, who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, soy, seed, vegetable, and legume allergies


NEW YORK


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Gate Hill Day Camp

Location: Stony Point, New York

"Very allergy aware, super careful, highly knowledgeable, and a great camp experience as well. Highly recommend.”

@jakeourman1, who manages peanut, tree nut, and sesame allergies


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Pierce Country Day Camp

Location: Roslyn, New York

"No nuts served at the camp. Very accommodating and careful with regard to food allergies and special needs in general. I prefer to send alternative ice cream/ice pops because my child is allergic to food coloring as well and they always make sure to have it out for her a the general snack time."

@mshapiro, who manages peanut, tree nut, and fish allergies


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Breezemont Day Camp

Location: Armonk, New York

"So supportive of our community. Besides being very allergy-friendly to campers, they are also hosting a food allergy fundraiser for EAT this year."

@jackieourman who manages peanut, tree nut, Celiac-gluten, and sesame allergies


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Frost Valley YMCA

Location: Claryville, New York

"There is a vegetarian option at every meal, along with gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. There are no nuts in any meals! An awesome camp all around."

@rachelmccain who manages peanut, tree nut, milk, and egg allergies and EoE


PENNSYLVANIA

 

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Carnegie Museums of Pittsurgh

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“We sent our daughter to a half day camp last year, but they had morning snack. This year, we will send her to the full day camp. They are very careful with allergies. They showed us what they were serving for snack so that if it was safe she could have the same snack as everyone else. They also let us send snack in for her. I felt totally comfortable sending her. The group was small and all of the counselors knew who she was and what she could and could not have.”

@punkinmama, who manages tree nut and milk allergies and EoE


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The Little Gym of Pittsburgh-South Hills

Location: McMurray, Pennsylvania

“The instructors here are very thoughtful. They do amazing 3 hour camps in the summer and during winter break. There’s a snack time during these. I’m able to call and find out what the snack is or stop in and read the label. I can then tell them if she can have the snack or that we will provide one. They also do a great job of keeping things clean and wiping down equipment often. Hands are also cleaned.

@punkinmama, who manages tree nut and milk allergies and EoE


WISCONSIN


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Convenant Harbor

Location: Lake Geneva, WI

“This was one of my favorite experiences as a kid. The camp was very allergy-friendly and had well trained staff and special meals pertaining to a person’s individual allergies and preferences.”

@diver96, who manages peanut and tree nut allergies


MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

 

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Camp TAG

Location: Multiple locations

"An incredible experience created by FAACT (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team for families managing food allergies, EOE, Celiac disease, asthma, and their siblings. I highly recommend Camp TAG for any family looking to provide their kids with a super fun and empowering week, with a little bit of food allergy education too! It will change their lives."

@suekelly who manages peanut, tree nut, and milk allergies


 
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