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12 Summer Camp Planning Tips
Make summer camp safe for your food-allergic child
Do you remember the first time you paddled a canoe, poured your energy into an artistic masterpiece or took the lead in a play? If you're like countless others, these memories likely stem from summer camp. Not just fun and games, summer camp is a place to step outside one's comfort zone, meet lifelong friends and learn life skills too.
Millions of children attend summer camp each year. And so can your child—even if he/she happens to have a food allergy (or two or three). Reach out to different camps prior to your child attending. Ensure that the director welcomes your child's needs. Proactively educate and prepare the camp staff for your child. And don't forget to assess your child's comfort level. Proper research and planning can yield a lifetime of positive memories.
Here are some tips to ensure your child has a successful—and safe—summer camp experience offered by Jill Tipograph, CEO/Founder of Everything Summer®:
• Summer Camp Checklist for Kids with Food Allergies or Asthma
• Camping with Food Allergies can be Safe and Fun
Jill Tipograph is the author of Your Everything Summer Guide & Planner; the 2010 edition has a chapter on managing food allergies at camp. She is CEO/Founder of Everything Summer®, the premier camp, teen and family resource. For more information, visit www.everythingsummer.com. Her company guides families to the right camp and summer experiences for their children and teens, including those with food allergies.