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 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.
Note related to COVID-19 – February, 2021
As this list is posted vaccines are being rolled-out and we are all asking the question – Will it be safe for my child to go to camp in 2021? The answer will be unique to each family. You should continue to follow all CDC and local health agency guidelines. You should talk to the camp to ensure that you are comfortable with the COVID protocols that they have put in place. If you still have questions about whether this camp experience is appropriate for you child you should consult with your pediatrician.
Camp Celiac is for kids 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.
Celiac kids and siblings 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.
This day camp for ages 6 – 12, Farmer, Forester, Chef! is located at historic Powisset Farm in Dover and is about getting outside, spreading wings, expanding senses, fostering imagination, and digging in—on the farm, in the forest, and in the kitchen. They deal with all types of food allergies and intolerance and have separate equipment.
Tentatively set for 7/18/2021 - 7/23/2021
Enjoy a week of games and adventures at True Friends in Annandale, Minnesota. The camp is sponsored by Twin Cities ROCK.
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.
Camp Kanata is a traditional overnight camp experience for campers aged 6 – 15. One session each year is a complete gluten-free camp. They also offer gluten-free options at their other sessions.
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 9-18 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 each summer.
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 2021