Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Summer Camps and Snacks

A couple of things floating around out there:

Camp Emerson - A summer camp for girls and boys, age 8 -15 in Massachusetts that addresses the allergy needs of its campers. Awesome! (found via Nicole's fantastic Allergic Child Newsletter).

I'd love to hear from anyone else who knows of summer camps that are good for kids with allergies (I'm sure a quick search of peanutallergy.com or kids with food allergies would bring up a few more). The thought of being able to send B off to summer camp without too much worry about her peanut allergy is amazing. The thought of paying that tuition might be more difficult though :)

Mark Bittman's recipe for Homemade Granola Bars. Only 4 ingredients! No preservatives or funky additives. Now, finding a safe granola might be a challenge in your local grocery store, but there's always Enjoy Life mail order. I'll be trying these this weekend. (found via Allergic Girl - thanks Sloane!)

5 comments:

Jennifer B said...

Interesting post. I thought Gina Clowes (www.allergymoms.com) was starting a summer camp specifically for FA kids, but I haven't heard any of the details. Anyone hear anything more about it?

Nicole said...

I have to tell you something.

A few months ago, you wrote about how your daughter's allergies are getting better. Our allergist had told us it was highly unlikely our son would outgrow a tree nut allergy, so before I read your story, I didn't even entertain the idea of it happening. However, your experience gave me hope, and I started visualizing my son's allergies going away.

When we first got him tested in October 2008, he was allergic to pistachios and cashews. Today we took him in, and he was sensitive only to cashews!!!!!! The doctor was amazed. Said if my son does the same thing in six months, he'll be "not allergic" to pistachios. I almost cried with joy. What a wonderful day to see one less reaction than before.

Thank you for being inspiring to me!

Jane Anne said...

That sounds wonderful- a camp that is attentive to allergies. Just thinking about sending my son to a camp one day makes me extremely nervous.

My latest post: Kindergarten Bound with Allergies

Anonymous said...

Our summer camp has began using SoyNut Butter last year in conjunction with its "no nuts" policy. Being super cautious, I called the company to double check, and it is clean. They were incredibly helpful and courteous and told me they are servicing lots of camps, schools, and daycares. Here is the website if you want to look them up.

http://www.soynutbutter.com/

BTW - my kids love the stuff!

Carla Burke said...

My daughter is 9 and is allergic to peanuts and nuts. She is signed up for 3 day camp in June. I just filled out the paperwork online and put that she is allergic to peanuts. I've checked their website and it doesn't mention food allergies at all. I'm on pins and needles hoping she'll be ok. The hosital is 20 minutes away from the camp. I wonder what I can do to ensure her safety?
Carla