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.
Below is a list of camps that are 100% gluten free or use a special gluten-free kitchen or other take other special precautions to ensure a gluten-free camp experience. If you’re thinking about sending your child to one of these camps, 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. Camp activities include ropes course, rock climbing, zip-lining, swimming, archery, boating, arts and crafts, skit night, and outdoor sports.
In addition to its other camps, KEF offers a 100% GF Camp for kids age 10 and older. KEF offers 2, 3 and 4 week summer camp options. They are located in Orlando and offer classes on animation, movie special effects and more. Campers also have opportunities to enjoy the theme parks.
Celiac kids can go to Camp Weekaneatit at Camp Twin Lakes-Camp Will A Way, in Winder Georgia for a gluten-free camp experience including swimming, kayaking, archery, rock climbing and arts and crafts.
Camp Emerson is an overnight summer camp for girls and boys, age 7-15. The camp is located on 170 beautiful acres in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. About 30% of campers have some type of food allergy or celiac disease. Their food is prepared in a Food Allergy Kitchen area with separate equipment.
Gluten Free Fun Camp takes place at Camp Courage in Annandale, Minnesota. Campers ages 8 to17 years are welcome.
Camp Eagle Hill offers a variety of programs in Elizaville, NY. They have a separate, dedicated gluten-free kitchen space.
A camp for boys and girls, ages 7 - 16 with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. The camp is located at Camp Cherith in Hunt NY.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Camp Silly-Yak is one of the many specialty camps offered at Brigadoon Village in Aylesford. It
is the first overnight summer camp of its kind in Atlantic Canada for children and youth ages 7-18 living with celiac disease
Camp Waluhili in Tulsa was proud to offer Oklahoma’s first gluten free camp in 2010. The camp offer a gluten-free experience for youth ages 8 through 17 during in one session.
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.
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.
Camp Celiac, located at Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate claims to be the largest celiac camp in the country. The camp runs one session and welcomes campers ages 8 to 16.
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.
Camp Sealth, located on Vashon Island. Youths with gluten intolerance are highly encouraged to attend session with food prepared by Gluten Intolerance Group (session 6). Activities include archery, crafts, cooking, canoeing, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, photography and fine art. Campers entering grade 1-12 are welcome.
Originally posted February, 2017. Updated February 2019