FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Let's Answer Those Burning Questions
WHAT MAKES CAMP CELIAC DIFFERENT THAN ALL OTHER CAMPS?
Where as most camps may accommodate campers with special dietary needs, Camp Celiac builds our camp experience around a unique program for campers with Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities. Through our partnership with Camp Davern, all food service, snacks and treats served are gluten free. This means that campers with Celiac, can enjoy a worry free summer camp experience that places a high focus on healthy, balanced and delicious gluten free food service. Because we feel being Gluten Free doesn't need to be an isolated experience, campers without Celiac are also encouraged to attend and take part in the camp experience. We are proud to be one of the only fully integrated camp programs for children with Celiac Disease in Canada.
WHO IS ENSURING HEALTHY, BALANCED GLUTEN FREE FOOD SERVICE?
For the duration of the Camp Celiac program, Camp Davern is converted into a gluten-free safe zone. All food service, snacks and tuck are exclusively gluten-free.
During the break between sessions leading up to Camp Celiac, the dining hall is transformed. A full sanitization of the kitchen takes place and any gluten products are taken off-site. In addition, special kitchen equipment is brought in to replace any items considered high risk for cross-contamination (toasters, strainers etc.) before the session begins.
As we work to ensure a safe gluten free camp for all kids, Camp Celiac seeks to work with known brands that are gluten-free. In addition, we follow the advice of the Canadian Celiac Association in trusting the label. Davern's kitchen staff team reviews all ingredients on a daily basis to ensure the food being prepared is Gluten Free.
Through the support of our Community Partners, Board of Advisors and specialized dieticians, we are confident your children will love what they eat. That being said, we’re always learning and welcome any terrific recipe ideas you may have!
IS THERE A NURSE ON SITE DURING THE CAMP SESSION?
There sure is. Not only is a nurse on site residentially during the session, they have specific interest and knowledge in Celiac Disease.
HOW MANY CAMPERS ARE IN EACH BUNK?
Each cabin bunk is able to hold up to 8 kids and two staff. The counselling staff reside in every cabin and provide 24 hour supervision of campers.
CAN MY CHILD REQUEST TO BE IN THE SAME BUNK AS THEIR FRIEND?
Absolutely. We guarantee placement of any cabin requests that are mutually requested (both campers ask to be with each other). Requests are made during the registration process.
CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THE STAFF TAKING CARE OF MY CHILD?
The Camp Davern staff team consist of hard working, passionate role models who are committed to ensuring each camper has the opportunity to realize and appreciate the incredible opportunities offered at summer camp. Proud of the child centred staff culture, the team creates a safe and positive environment for kids to learn and thrive in. As a bonus, Davern brings staff in to work from around the globe, offering cultural diversity and a truly international experience. All staff take part in a week long staff training each year. As minimum qualifications, staff are required to hold First Aid and CPR. Every staff member at camp undergo standard criminal and background checks.
WHAT IF MY CHILD GETS HOMESICK WHILE AT CAMP?
If your child is homesick during their stay, our fist focus will be to talk about it. Homesickness is a normal thing that all kids will feel at different times. Tips to managing your campers anxiety are sent out in our spring parent information package to help you best prepare your child for being away from home.
DOES CAMP CELIAC HAVE A RELIGIOUS FOCUS?
Both Camp Celiac as well as Camp Davern are non-denominational. We are a supportive and inclusive community that welcomes all.
CAN CAMPERS USE THEIR CELLPHONES TO CALL HOME WHILE THEY’RE AT CAMP?
No Thank You!
Camp is an opportunity to take a break from big data, internet connectivity and screens. We encourage families to send their child “electronic free”. Campers who arrive with a cell phone will be asked to check it in at the office on the first day of camp. The phone will be returned at the end of their stay at Davern. Any phones found at camp that have not been properly checked in will be confiscated and donated to a local charity.
CAN I SEND CARE PACKAGES TO MY CHILD?
Snail mail is the best mail. Probably best to send your package prior to your child's arrival at camp. Please don't send food, electronics or anything else on our "Don't Pack" list.