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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:05 pm 

Joined: Tue Nov 29, 2005 4:04 pm
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Location: Gatineau, Quebec
I just got this via email... Sadly for those of us in Canada, the camp is in Masschusetts, but it looks amazing.

Does anyone know of any allergy-friendly overnight camps in the Ottawa area?




As a parent of a child with food allergies, you have spent a great deal of time reading, networking, planning and preparing meals. It's a lot of work but you can be confident it's been done right. Perhaps one of your biggest challenges, however, is finding a way to give your child the independence they seek while making sure they are safe. It is a constant struggle, trying to find a balance that allows them the freedom to “be like everyone else” and yet ensure that their dietary needs are met.

Now I know the thought of summer camp causes an immediate "no way" reaction for many food allergy families. But what if you could feel confident of a safe experience? Wouldn't it be great?

My name is Sue Lein. I own Camp Emerson, a summer camp for girls and boys, age 8 -15 in Massachusetts. My parents started it in 1968. We have always had a reputation for paying attention to the details that help each child to succeed. Part of this approach has been to tailor our food choices to the needs of our campers. Twenty years ago, I remember we had our first camper who was allergic to wheat and gluten. Back then, all the great gluten-free options we have today didn't exist and his choices were much more limited. But we worked hard to ensure that his dining experience was as positive as everyone else's by providing him special meals that matched his needs.

Today, I am proud to say we have as many choices in food as we do in activities - something for everyone. We offer gluten-free meals and can support all major food allergies. We work with each family individually before camp to understand your child's specific concerns. You should see the smiles on the campers' faces when I tell them that their menu will mirror the regular camp menu, they are so amazed!

Westchester Parent Magazine recently published an article about how food at summer camp has changed. Camp Emerson's support of food allergies and dietary needs was highlighted for being progressive and inclusive Move Over Bug Juice!. To learn more about how we could provide you and your child with a worry-free summer camp experience, look at our brochure, Camp Emerson - The Food Allergy Specialist or call me.

Please share this information with any friends and families you think might be interested.

Thank you.


P.S. I have food allergies and so does my son.

Sue Lein
Camp Emerson


Other links in the email:
- ... ialist.pdf
- ... gJuice.pdf

Karen, proud Mom of
- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma

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