March 31 2020
Since it’s opening, Everwood Day Camp has been an allergy friendly campus, accommodating the needs of our campers with peanut and tree-nut allergies, as well as gluten and dairy allergies. A prime focus of our mission is the health and safety of the campers and counselors in our care. Therefore the decision to be allergy friendly was a simple one. We are a community where we take care of each other and being allergy friendly is one way that we do that.
By providing peanut and tree nut free snacks, and gluten and dairy alternatives everywhere in campus that food is served (including our cooking program), all of our children are able to fully participate in our camp program. Our families have all agreed to forgo lunch items that contain peanuts and tree nuts, and our counselors are diligent about double checking lunches. Our two registered nurses are incredible resources and work with all our families of children with allergies and train our staff to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all our campers.
An estimated 15 million people in the United states have a food allergy, including 1 in 13 children. As youth development professionals were are committed to making the Camp experience safe and accessible for as many children and families as possible! For more information about FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) and their recommendations for families regarding management of food allergies at camp, click here!