YMCA Camp Meets Needs of Celiac Kids

silver lake camp peachlandFor you parents out there wondering about “safe” gluten-free overnight summer camps for your kids, I’d like to share with you a recent positive experience with our 8 year daughter.

We honestly didn’t think we’d be able to give Annika a real “away from home” camp experience unless we signed her up for a special Celiac camp such as the one coming up by Calgary Chapter, the Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp.

That’s when a neighbour mentioned the YMCA Camp at Silver Lake. Silver Lake Camp is a 20 minute drive from downtown Peachland or 45 minutes from downtown Kelowna. (Map and driving directions)

We spoke to the director on the phone and felt comfortable with their meal preparation procedures.  The camp of course also caters to other allergies such as nuts, lactose, soy, corn, etc. When the camp was all over, Annika was jubilant and did not suffer any “glutening”.  She did mention lack of variety, in the veggies, fruits and GF bread meals she was offered, but felt the trade off was more than worth it.  We can imagine the challenges the chef has meeting the requirements of the various campers.

Kudos, and thanks to the Okanagan YMCA.

For more information, contact

Registration Office
Kelowna Family YMCA
375 Hartman Road
Kelowna, BC
T: 250-491-YMCA (9622)
F: 250-765-7962
E: silverlake@ymcaokanagan.ca

OR http://www.ymcaokanagan.ca/silverlake/

Celiac kids camp summer 2013 near Edmonton

ywca yowochas camp

Courtesy Sherwood Park Celiac Support Group

The Sherwood Park Celiac Support Group is thrilled to announce the 2nd annual Celiac Children’s Camp!

ywca yowochas campOur first camp, which ran in July of 2012, was a huge success with both the Celiac campers and parents alike. We received wonderful reviews, not only about the gluten-free food served, but also about the fabulous activities at the camp.

The Sherwood Park Celiac Support Group partnered with the Allergy Asthma Information Association (AAIA) and YWCA YoWoChAs Outdoor Education Center to provide an opportunity for children with Celiac disease to attend summer camp. The camp is open to children 6 – 15 years of age and will be held at the YWCA YoWoChAs Outdoor Education Center (80 km west of Edmonton, AB) from August 5 – 9, 2013. The Celiac campers will participate in all camp activities. They will eat with their assigned groups, but receive a modified menu and serve themselves from a gluten-free buffet. Every effort will be made to ensure that there is no cross-contamination.

We would like to make this opportunity to go to camp available to ALL Celiac children. Your help in accomplishing this would be greatly appreciated! If you know of any Celiac children that may be interested in going to camp, would you be so kind as to pass this along? Thank you, in advance, for your help!

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at spceliacs@gmail.com or call Cathy at 780-467-6170.

Thanks again,

Sherwood Park Celiac Support Group

Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp

The deadline for registration is approaching…

The camp is Monday August 13, 2012 to Saturday August 18, 2012.



Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp -August 13-18, 2012

This year the celiac kids camp will be at Camp Kindle (near Water Valley, AB)

This week of camp will offer the following:

  • Fully gluten free kitchen
  • Availability for children from 7 to 17
  • Camp will be open to all members in Alberta and siblings

Siblings are welcome, but please submit applications for each child separately.

Once payment is received, you will be sent a Parent Information Package and Registration form that will need to be returned to the office. Please email CalgaryCeliacPrograms@telus.net if you have further questions.


Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp August 15-20, 2011

Courtesy Calgary Chapter

The annual Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp registrations are going very well with the girl’s spots filling up quickly, and four spots remaining for boys ages 7-14. We will know by July 15 if any additional spots become available, as we have several children on a wait list.

For registration details and camp updates, visit our website at www.calgaryceliac.com. Details on the camp facility and activities can be found at www.easterseals.ab.ca This will be our 2nd year at Easter Seals Camp Horizon in Kananaskis Country and it promises to be another fun-filled camp at a wonderful facility with great activities and lots of delicious gluten-free food!

Thank you for your ongoing interest in possibly the only dedicated Celiac Kids Camp in Canada, and especially to Mr. Rod McDaniel for his ongoing support.

Rod McDaniel Celiac Kids Camp

Date :     July 5 – 10, 2010 (5 nights)
Ages:      7 – 13
Where :  Easter Seals Camp Horizon, Kananaskis Country (Alberta)

The Calgary Chapter is pleased to announce our 2010 Celiac Kids Camp and our new partnership with Easter Seals Camp Horizon, 40 minutes southwest of Calgary in the foothills of beautiful Kananaskis Country. A full-time staff will be on-site including a nurse.  We will have a Celiac Association representative at the camp all week with 2-3 volunteers as well.  Numbers are limited this year, so register early.

Early-bird Member Rate:  $210  (register by May 30, 2010)
After May 30:      $250

Non-member Early-bird Rate: $260 (register by May 30, 2010)
After May 30:  $300

The camp fees will be subsidized by Mr. Rod McDaniel, the Calgary Chapter Office and the Easter Seals.

Activities include: archery, ropes courses, climbing walls, giant swing, nature games, beach volleyball court, arts + crafts, hay rides

For more information or to receive a registration form, please contact the Calgary Chapter Office at 403-237-0304 or email: calgaryceliac@telus.net

Click the link below for a virtual tour of the camp.