Gluten-Free Summer Camps

Camp Celiac A while back we mentioned one gluten-free camp with specially written gluten-free music. It turns out that there are many, many gluten-free camps to which you can send your child. has a great list of those camps. I’d like to add to their description of eating and safety environments with some details about the sort of activities your child would do all day. Even in the small subcategory of GF-friendly camps, parents and children have a wide range of options.

Camp WeeKanEatit!! offers:

” a ropes course and rock climbing, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, campfire cook out, sports, swimming, and a special Mother’s Day celebration Sunday morning.”

Great Gluten Escape Camp offers:

“all the normal camp events and activities.  Each camper will experience all of the excitement of a summer resident camp, including S’mores by the campfire!”

Camp Kanata and Kamp Seath support gluten-free and non GF campers simultaneously in the same camp. Camp Kanata offers:

    >> Water Activities

  • Swim lessons (instructional)
  • Canoeing (instructional or recreational)
  • Kayaking (instructional or recreational)
  • Water games (instructional)
  • Basic water safety (instructional)
  • Fishing (instructional or recreational)
  • The Blob (recreational)
  • The Iceberg (recreational)
  • Tarzan swing (recreational)
  • Waterslide (recreational)
    >> Land Activities

  • Sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, Aussie rules football, street hockey, rugby, lacrosse–instructional)
  • Archery (instructional)
  • Riflery (instructional)
  • Dance (instructional)
  • Cheerleading (instructional)
  • Drama (instructional)
  • Nature appreciation (instructional)
  • Low ropes (instructional)
  • Challenging high-ropes course (instructional)
  • Climbing wall and zip line (instructional)
  • Bouldering walls (recreational)
  • Arts & crafts (instructional)
  • Horseback riding* (instructional)

*Campers must register in advance for horseback riding.

Neuse River Canoe Trip

The canoe trip is an all day (6 hour) trip down the Neuse River. The trip begins at the Falls Lake Dam and ends at the Buffaloe Rd. take out. The trip is reserved for our campers who are 12 years old and above.”

Camp Sealth offers:

“Classic camp, archery, crafts, outback, splash camp, wacky science, canoe and kayak, horseback riding, geocaching, guitar camp, photo fun, animals, nocturnal, climbing, and construction corps.”

Camp Westminster, a Presbyterian camp, offers:

  • swimming (we offer Red Cross-certified swimming lessons during most camp sessions, supervised by a WSI)
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • sailing (our fleet includes a variety of boats)
  • archery
  • sports- soccer (or football!), basketball, tennis, frisbee, rugby, softball, kickball, etc.
  • arts and crafts
  • drama classes
  • creative writing opportunities
  • making music (bring your instrument and we’ll use it in vespers or a Talent Show!)
  • nature exploration- stream discovery, shoreline hikes, nature trails, peeking under rocks (and putting them back, of course!), catching minnows
  • climbing the Lighthouse Climb (3 levels of climbing surfaces on Higgins Lake’s only lighthouse!)
  • Initiatives (group building course) and High Ropes Courses
  • fishing
  • walk the labyrinth
  • hikes; GPS hikes
  • walk the Prayer Trail
  • Outdoor Living Skills
  • parachute play (it’s a big one!)
  • indoor game room
  • checkers on the stump
  • churn ice cream (and the best part: taste- testing!)

What is a typical daily schedule?

7:15am     Rise and shine
7:45am     Morning Watch on the beach
8:00am     Breakfast
8:30am     Capers (chores in wakeyas and assigned community spaces- remember, ‘caper’ means to frolic joyfully!)
9:15am     Bible Quest (discussion and activities on theme for week)
10:15am   Cabin Choice (decisions are made as a group for each day of the week and options include all of those above!)
12:15pm   Lunch
1:00pm     FOB (Flat on bunk)
2:00pm     Camp store time for ages 7-11
ChooseIt! activities begin for ages 12+ (campers choose a focus activity to improve their skills each day during the
week; options are available Sunday afternoons)
2:30pm     ChooseIt!/ afternoon activity/ swim lessons
3:30pm     ChooseIt!/ afternoon activity/ swim lessons
4:30pm     All Camp Swim (everyone at beach area)
6:00pm     Dinner
7:00pm     Vespers (short evening worship in outdoor chapel; camper-led!)
7:30pm     Evening Program (age-appropriate)
9:00pm     Good night to ages 7-11
Camp store time for ages 12+
Lights out!

Camp Celiac at Camp Arroyo offers:

The 3500 square foot pool is the heart of summer camp activities and is large enough for wading, games, and team sports.  The pool was designed to allow campers in the shallow area as well as in the sports area.  All campers will be required to take a swim test before being allowed in the pool.  No campers will be allowed in the pool area without a YMCA Camp Arroyo approved lifeguard on duty.

The Challenge Course consists of multiple challenge elements facilitated by the Fort Miley Adventure Challenge Course staff.  There is a 36’ X 36’ rock wall, a 210’ zip line, as well as other high and low climbing elements.
Camp also includes a day trip to Lake Del Valle for boating and swimming; an arts and crafts center; bocce ball; basketball; soccer and other field sports; movies; and a campfire amphitheater.”

Camp Celiac at Camp Aldersgate offers:

  • low ropes
  • high ropes
  • swimming
  • boating
  • canoeing
  • arts and crafts
  • hiking
  • sports
  • nature
  • singing and group initiatives”

The Gluten-Free Camp at Camp Manitou-Lin is having its first summer, and no activities are posted as yet. For more information:

2009 Gluten Free Camp @ Manitou-Lin in Middleville Michigan

Date: Aug 16 (Sunday) – Aug 21 (Friday)
Cost:(includes meals)
Register by August 3, 2009 – $450.00
Last day to register August 3, 2009
Full amount due by August 3, 2009

Deposit:$75.00 non-refundable required to reserve space for the camper. This deposit comes out of the full amount for the camp.
Once full payment is received you will receive additional information on activities, list of items to take to camp, additional forms, etc.
Please make checks payable to “YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin”.

Send completed Registration Form and Deposit to:
Nicole VanZwoll • 3614 Ridgefield Rd. Lansing, MI 48906

For more information email [email protected] or see
the below links.

**** Gluten Free Camp coming at Manitou-Lin in Middleville MI***

Cel-Kids (Michigan kids with celiac)

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Catholicism and Celiac Sprue

communion wafers Attending Catholic mass is not necessarily complicated by Celiac disease, but in many cases problems arise. Normally a layperson who cannot eat gluten can simply drink the wine instead of eating the wafers. (If a person is also alchohol intolerant or an alcoholic, there is a type of low-alcohol grape juice, mustun, that the congregant may request in advance to have blessed in a separate chalice.) According to (Catholics United for the Faith):

Because the entire Body, Blood, soul and divinity of Christ is present in each species individually, a person may receive only the host or only from the cup and still fully receive Christ.”

However in some services priests dip a wafer into the wine. Even if this is not the case, a communal cup can be contaminated with gluten by other congregants before reaching the person with Celiac disease. Several people have solved this by talking the priest beforehand. Various agreements include:

  1. The people with celiac disease sit in the front and drink first from the (uncontaminated) chalice.
  2. Celiacs get their own separate chalice.
  3. Celiacs bring their own GF wafers to church (completely wheat-free wafers are invalid according to Catholic doctrine).
  4. People can eat the officially sanctioned low-gluten host (100 ppm) made by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri. Celiacs can request these wafers from the priest or buy their own.

Controversy arose in 1995 around the problems of priests with celiac disease. According to

Because celebrating Mass is central to the priesthood, the 1995 norms added that men who are affected by Celiac Sprue disease or suffer from alcoholism or similar conditions may not be admitted to the priesthood. In his 2003 letter, Cardinal Ratzinger noted a modification to that norm, saying “Given the centrality of the celebration of the Eucharist in the life of a priest, one must proceed with great caution before admitting to Holy Orders those candidates unable to ingest gluten or alcohol without serious harm.” The Cardinal’s 2003 letter also provides norms for the celebration and concelebration of Mass when the celebrant or concelebrant suffers from gluten or alcohol intolerance.”

For those who are not Catholic, gluten-free wafer recipes abound. Check out the Catholic Celiac Society for more information.

Gluten-Free Biscotti

Elana\'s biscotti It’s wonderful that celiacs can soon go into Starbucks and get some cake with their coffee (or in my case, chai latte). But have you ever eyed those handsome almond biscotti? Biscotti are an elegant, crunchy Italian treat that go perfectly with any hot beverage, so why should you be denied? You shouldn’t! Here’s a roundup of some of the gluten free biscotti recipes that the gluten-free community has lovingly devised:

  • Scott Adams at presents crunchy, zingy Walnut Orange Biscotti that garnered rave reviews from recipe testers. He recommends gluten-free flour, sweet rice flour, GF baking powder, xantham gum, and baking soda to make these delicious gluten free biscotti.
  • Karina of Karina’s Kitchen presents sugar-free chocolate biscotti. She created an inventive mix of millet flour, buckwheat, quinoa, cocoa, and xantham gum.
  • Elana of Elana’s Pantry (pictured above) devised a rich recipe for Double Chocolate Mocha Biscotti with almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking soda (gluten-free), dark chocolate, and espresso. It sounds utterly amazing.

Which gluten free biscotti are you going to try?

Team Gluten-Free

Team Gluten Free If you or someone you love has celiac disease—and you also want to get a lot of exercise—consider getting involved in Team Gluten-Free. A project of the Celiac Disease Foundation, Team Gluten-Free trains volunteers to walk, run, or cycle in races all over the United States. The participants raise awareness about the disease wherever they compete. They also fundraise for the CDF. The money raised goes into research, awareness programs (both for physicians and the general public), and camp scholarships for Celiac children to gluten-free camps.

Participants receive:

  • Comprehensive training schedules.
  • Race day team tank or t-shirt.
  • Fundraising materials and ideas.
  • Nutrition, hydration and clothing advice.

Sponsors of Team Gluten-Free include Rice Chex, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Blue Diamond Natural, Jones Dairy Farms, Pamela’s products, Bob’s Red Mill, and many other brands familiar to the gluten-free community. Go to Team Gluten-Free’s website to download their information packet and read more about the work of the Celiac Disease Foundation.