Gluten Free Summer Camps

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.

California

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.


Georgia

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.


Michigan

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 go to lansingglutenfreegroup.weebly.com.

Camp Westminster
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.


Minnesota

Gluten Free Fun Camp
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.


North Carolina

Camp Kanata
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.


Oklahoma

Camp Waluhili
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.


Pennsylvania

Nah-Jee-Wah, Cedar Lake and Teen Camp
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.


Rhode Island

Camp Celiac
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.


Texas

The Great Gluten Escape
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.


Washington

Camp Sealth
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.

2 Comments on “Gluten Free Summer Camps”

  1. Hi,
    I am a part of this group and have Celiac Disease. Over the summer, I went to a great sleepaway camp in the Berkshires and had a wonderful experience with gluten free and overall. I was wondering how I could add the camp (Camp Emerson) here?

    Thanks!

    1. Jessica, Camp Emerson is a great choice for a camp that can accommodate gluten-free (GF). The camps listed here are those that are 100% GF. I am not sure that was clear when you made this comment and we have edited the introduction to make that point, these camps are 100% GF.

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