Winter is prime time for camp seekers. So many families are exploring options and trying to determine which camp(s) will be a best fit for their children’s needs and interests this coming summer. There are camp fairs, camp talks, camp open houses, and a whole host of camp and camp-related events—all in the interest of helping parents and guardians and their campers to find a just right camp for this coming summer. There’s no shortage of opportunities to learn more about camp!
Today we highlight two important regional resources who support families of campers with serious allergies and asthma and one national one:
The Allergy and Asthma Foundation, New England Chapter is sponsoring a talk for parents tonight at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Nat Saltonstall, President of the ACA New England Board of Directors and Director of Beaver Summer Programs in Chestnut Hill is on the panel and so are Will and Sandy Rubenstein of Camp Wingate*Kirkland, an overnight camp on Cape Cod. For families in Boston’s Western suburbs, it’s great to have an opportunity to discuss this important topic in person. And, for those who cannot attend tonight, the Asthma & Allergy Foundation, New England Chapter is sponsoring another talk in late February—this time at Salem Hospital on the North Shore. Jason Sebell, Director of Camps Kenwood & Evergreen (ACA Accredited overnight camps in NH) will be a panel member for this opportunity. See the details on our Event Calendar.
Specifically with regard to serving campers with food allergies in summer camp settings, we link to the work of Dr. Michael Pistiner, a local pediatrician and food allergy expert
and great friend and supporter of summer camp and creator of AllergyHome.org a site designed with parents, camps and schools in mind. In this excellent post, Dr. Pistiner offers help with the camp planning process for campers with food allergies.
And for excellent articles and updated information on this critically important topic, we also highlight our favorite national source, the American Camp Association, which offers these educational resources for camp professionals and families of children with food allergies.