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)

4 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Summer Camps”

  1. We are SO FORTUNATE to have Camp Weekaneatit here in Georgia! Our daughter (8, diagnosed at age 2) had never been away to camp due to her celiac. It was way too risky!! She was happy and safe at Camp Weekaneatit 2010. She was already planning next year’s talent show gig before she got into the car at the end of camp!! THANK YOU Camp Weekaneatit and ALL the celiac/GF camps for all that you do to provide safe, memorable camp experiences for our kids!!

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