Our kitchen staff is comprised of all volunteers, most of whom are not serving for more than a week at a time. Our head cooks have some training in the area of food allergies, but our staff may not fully understand the ramifications of each individual food allergy/intolerance or the complications of food labels.
Those with food allergies need to be able to advocate for themselves, ask questions and read food labels to determine what is safe for them. They cannot eat foods with unknown ingredients or take food from other campers. Even with all precautions, there is no guarantee that cross contamination will not occur. Campers need to be able to explain quickly to a staff member that an allergic reaction might be occurring.
Families will need to provide some alternative food options for their camper (i.e. desserts, breads, milks, snacks, etc.)
We would appreciate if you would contact us at least a few weeks ahead of your session regarding any food allergies or restrictions and/or if you have any questions. Please email our food service director at firstname.lastname@example.org with this information prior to arriving at camp to discuss the options and what foods might need to be provided. It also helps the camp staff to be prepared ahead of time for special diet needs. The camper & parents should also come and talk with the head cook on the day of registration if at all possible.