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.
Camp Celiac is for kids, ages 9 – 15, 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.
Youth with celiac disease and gluten intolerance ages 7 – 17 (and their siblings) can go to Camp Weekaneatit at Camp Twin Lakes – Camp – Rutledge – West in Rutledge, Georgia for a gluten-free camp experience including swimming, boating, camp fires 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 for all weeks of camp. There is one dedicated 100% gluten-free week in June.
Enjoy a week of games and adventures at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minnesota. The camp is sponsored by Twin Cities ROCK.
Camp Eagle Hill offers a variety of programs in Elizaville, NY. There are overnight and day camp options. They have a separate, dedicated gluten-free kitchen space.
A camp for boys and girls, ages 7 – 16 with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Campers play games, make crafts, sing songs, and roast s’mores, 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 7-18 living with celiac disease
Camp Waluhili near Wagoner 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 one session each summer.
This one week session at Camp Davern is for ages 7-15. The camp allows kids with and without gluten challenges to take part in an unforgettable adventure together in a completely gluten-free environment.. The camp includes the traditional summer camp activities like archery, water sports and arts and crafts.
Session 1 – August 7, 2023 – August 12, 2023
Session 2 – August 14, 2023 – August 19, 2023
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. The food at Camp Blue Spruce is delicious, healthy, and allergen-free. Camp is open to kids and teens with food allergies, celiac disease, and other related conditions
A dedicated gluten-free kitchen allows campers to eat gluten free while attending any camp session; Nah-Jee-Wah (grades 1-6), Cedar Lake (grades 7-9), and Teen Camp (grades 10-11). NJY camps are overnight camps located in Milford, PA. 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 is one of the largest celiac camp in the country with 145 campers. The camp welcomes campers ages 8 to 16. The property is situated on 230 acres of woods, fields, and trails.
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. Ages 16 and 17 are welcome as junior counselors. Campers participate in all kinds of camp classics like swimming, archery, canoeing and much more.
Camp Sealth is located on Vashon Island. Youths with gluten intolerance are encouraged to attend the session with food prepared by Gluten Intolerance Group. Activities include archery, crafts, cooking, canoeing, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, photography and fine art.
Originally posted February, 2017. Updated January, 2023.