Did you enjoy summer camp as a child? Or perhaps you never had the opportunity to attend camp, but you’ve been hoping your child would have the opportunity to learn and grow in a summer camp environment! This can be difficult, even impossible, if your child struggles with food related health problems.
Whether your child has food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances, we hope to meet their needs. Food preparation will be handled by people with experience in special needs cooking. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Is your camp kitchen always gluten and casein free? How will you prepare the kitchen?
The camp kitchen is not gluten and casein free year round. Prior to the start of camp, the kitchen will be thoroughly cleaned in an effort to prevent cross contamination from wheat flour dust on shelving, counters, and storage areas. New containers of staple foods will be used for GFCF campers. Clean up will be supervised by people familiar with food related health issues.
Who will be cooking? What is their experience with special food preparation?
Pam Jann and Deanna Seng will be planning the menu and supervising all food preparation, as well as training and educating the kitchen staff. They have 14 years of experience handling food related health issues, including multiple food sensitivities. They coordinate a support group in Howell, MI that specializes in gluten and casein free dietary intervention and education. In addition, they both have families with food issues- in short, they have experience and compassion! If you have any food related camp questions, please contact them: Deanna Seng firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Jann email@example.com.
Our family is gluten free, but we drink milk. What will my child drink at camp?
We understand that not everyone attending this camp avoids milk. The following milk choices will be available for drinking and cereal: Cow milk, Soy milk, Rice milk, Almond milk, and potato based Dari Free. Please make sure you fill out the food questionnaire for each camper you are sending to assist us in our planning. This will also help us answer your child’s questions regarding what they should be drinking.
Can you accommodate food sensitivities in addition to gluten and casein?
Yes! We have experience with a wide variety of food sensitivities, allergies and/or intolerances. Contact Pam or Deanna to discuss your individual situation, and we’ll see what we can do.
What foods will you be serving?
The menu is still being planned, but it will be available approximately one month prior to the start of camp. The menu will include many camp favorites. There will also be a sponsor/donor list available, as multiple manufacturers provide food for this incredible week of camp.
Can you accommodate children with special needs, such as autism? Camp Westminster is a mainstream church camp. At this time, we are not able to provide for special needs- either physical, emotional, or mental. Any child registered should be able to participate in camp activities without specialized assistance. If you have questions about whether or not Camp Westminster will be a good fit for your child, contact the camp office at 313.341.8969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will there be a nurse on site during Free To Be Camp?
Yes, there will be a Registered Nurse on site.
NEW! Now there is a gluten free/casein free food option for any session of camp! You tell us when you want your child to come...and we’ll make it happen!
Call the camp office at 313.341.8969.