Summer camp and especially overnight summer camp can be tricky on a gluten-free diet. There are many great camps that are not specifically gluten free but can accommodate the gluten-free diet.
There are also many camps that offer a 100% gluten-free camp experience. Gluten-free camps are typically sponsored by a celiac or gluten-free related group, not the camp location. Gluten-free camp is held for one or two sessions during the summer. The camps listed here are all 100% gluten free. If you’re thinking about sending your child to one of these gluten-free sleep-away camp, be sure to book early as most do fill up.
Camp Celiac is for kids ages 9 to 17 years old (16-17 can attend as junior counselors) who have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Camp Arroyo is located near Livermore, California and offers two different sessions. Camp activities include ropes course, rock climbing, zip-lining, swimming, archery, boating, arts and crafts, skit night, and outdoor sports. For more information, go to www.celiaccamp.com.
Celiac kids can go to Summer Camp Weekaneatit at Camp Twin Lakes Camp Dream, in Warm Springs Georgia for a gluten-free camp experience including swimming, kayaking, archery, rock climbing and arts and crafts. For more information visit www.georgiarock.org or the camp directly at www.glutenfreecamp.org.
Greater Grand Rapids Manitou-Lin YMCA
The Michigan Capital Celiac/DH Group sponsors a summer camp at the Greater Grand Rapids Manitou-Lin YMCA in Grand Rapids, for children ages 7 to 17 years. Gluten-free campers eat separately from non-gluten free campers. For information visit https://www.grymca.org/camp-manitou-lin/specialty-camp/
Camp Westminster’s gluten-free camp session is called Free to Be Me. This Christian camp is located in northern Michigan and is for children in grades 1 through 9. The camp includes swimming, sailing and canoeing and specializes in teaching kids outdoor and leadership skills. For more information go to www.campwestminster.com.
Gluten Free Fun Camp takes place at Camp Courage in Annandale, Minnesota. Campers ages 8 to17 years are welcome. For more information visit www.twincitiesrock.org
Celiac Strong Camp
A camp for boys and girls, ages 7 - 16 with celiac disease or have a gluten-free diet. Their siblings or others are welcome to attend, but we adhere to a strict gluten free diet and do not allow food or gluten containing items be brought to camp. The camp is located at Camp Cherith in Hunt NY. For more information, visit www. celiacstrongcamp.org.
Camp Kanata, a YMCA camp located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, offers a gluten-free camp experience (one session only). Gluten-free campers attend camp with other campers but eat gluten free. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sports, archery, dance, drama, nature, bouldering, arts and crafts and horseback riding. Campers ages 6 to 15 years are welcome. For more information visit www.campkanata.org
Camp Waluhili in Tulsa was proud to offer Oklahoma’s first gluten free camp in 2010. The camp offer a gluten-free experience for kids in grade 3 through 12 during in one session. Check out the website for more information. Go to www.tulsacampfire.org
Camp Blue Spruce
Camp Blue Spruce is dedicated to providing an authentic and fun camp experience free from the worry and anxiety that kids face every day just navigating their allergies. Our camp is free of the foods that cause more than 90% of allergic reactions, including dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, gluten and sesame. The food at Camp Blue Spruce is delicious, healthy, and allergen-free. For more information, visit www.campbluespruce.org.
A dedicated gluten-free kitchen allows campers to eat gluten free while attending any session of New Jersey Y camps’ Nah-Jee-Wah (grades 1-6), Cedar Lake (grades 7-9), and Teen Camp (grades 10-11). NJY camps are Jewish overnight camps located in Milford. There is a dedicated gluten free kosher kitchen. The camp also offers a gluten free family weekend. Go to www.njycamps.org
for more information.
Camp Celiac, located at Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate claims to be the largest celiac camp in the country, accommodating 171 campers and counselors in 2009. The camp runs one session and welcomes campers ages 8 to 16. For more information, visit www.campceliac.org
The Great Gluten Escape is located at Camp Gilmont in Gilmont, Texas, approximately 2 hours east of Dallas. Campers ages 7 to 15 are welcome. Normal camp activities are included. For more information visit www.gilmont.org/camp.html
Camp Sealth, located on Vashon Island. Youths with gluten intolerance are highly encouraged to attend session with food prepared by Gluten Intolerance Group. Activities include archery, crafts, cooking, canoeing, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, photography and fine art. Campers entering grade 1-12 are welcome. For more information, visit campfireseattle.org