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Camp TAG is a 5-day, full-day camp for ages 4-12, July 28 — August 1, 2014. The camp will be held at Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown, NJ. It provides a safe place for children with food allergies and their siblings to have fun with no worries about having an allergic reaction, as well as give them an opportunity to meet other children who share the same conditions and know they are not alone!
A full-time nurse in onsite at all times.
Children will be grouped by ages:
- Ages 4-6
- Ages 7-9
- Ages 10-12
Food Policy Each camper is responsible for bringing his/her own lunch Monday through Thursday. To ensure the safety of campers with food allergies, some of the “top 8” allergens are prohibited at camp, including peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. We stress the importance – and ease – of cleaning hands and not sharing foods to help build healthy habits for all campers.
Tall Pines Day Camp has a peanut- and tree nut-free policy, therefore, all food brought in must be free of those ingredients. Camp TAG provides bottled water for every camper each day to eliminate the need for parents to pack drinks for campers. No drinks are allowed to be brought in during the week.
- Foods with wheat, egg, milk, and soy are allowed, such as sandwich bread, crackers, and cookies (must be free of peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish).
- Milk/cheese-based foods are not allowed, such as cheese of any kind, Cheetos, Cheez-It Crackers, Doritos, yogurt, etc., to minimize the risk of cross-contact.
- Egg-based condiments are not allowed, such as mayonnaise, dressings, dips, etc., to minimize the risk of cross-contact.
In addition, Camp TAG provides allergy-friendly snacks free of the "top 8" in the morning and afternoon for every camper from Enjoy Life Foods.
Each camper will be required to clean his/her hands with hand wipes when they arrive at camp each morning and before and after snacks and lunch.
The first four days of camp will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. One of the purposes of Camp TAG is to allow kids to gain independence and self-confidence; therefore, parents will not be permitted to stay with their kids each camp day. Parents will be invited to attend on Day 5, for a Family Entertainment Day, which will be from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Camp TAG sponsors will have booths distributing their literature and materials. There will be games for all to enjoy, such as a moon bounce, tug of war, water games, potato sack races, obstacle courses, and more.
Camp Counselor Positions Available
Parents as well as teens ages 13-18 who either have a food allergy or who have a sibling with a food allergy, may apply to become camp counselors. There will be one counselor for 5 children with teen counselors assisting. E-mail Eleanor Garrow at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Camp TAG is 95% fun and 5% educational with age-appropriate activities and games each day on food allergies, anaphylaxis, nutrition, the emotional impact of living with food allergies have on the child and family, and how to stay safe at school and at home. An educational curriculum was designed and reviewed by FAACT's Medical Advisory Board.
Activities each day will include camp games, ropes course, boating, arts and crafts, dance and music, swimming, pedal carts, miniature golf, Ga-ga, and sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, flag football, archery, lacrosse, and tennis.
EDUCATION for PARENTS
There will be a FREE, 90-minute education session offered by Eleanor Garrow-Holding, FAACT CEO, during one of the campers' days for parents who want to learn more about food allergy management in the school setting and knowing your rights:
- Get educated about 504 Plans, IHP's, and IEP's, including Accommodations.
- Anaphylaxis training and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector (with trainers).
- Take home materials will be provided.
The day is TBD, but it will be first thing in the a.m. after checking the campers in for the day. Stay tuned for the date!
Tuition Fees (April 1 - July 18, 2014)
- 1st child: $425
- 2nd child: $375
- 3rd child: $350
Tuition payments must be made in full at time of registration. Cancellations prior to June 1, 2014, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration. After June 1, the deposit will be refunded less $50. There is a $25.00 fee for returned checks.
Please pay for your Camp TAG Registration via PayPal on FAACT's "Donate" Page. Click "Other", enter your total payment for registration, and then click the "Donate Now" button to complete registration.
If you require a kitchenette, we have reserved a room block:
Residence Inn by Marriott (Distance to Tall Pines Day Camp: 14.78 miles)
1154 Hurffville Rd.
Deptford, NJ 08096
(856) 686-9188 or (800) 331-3131 Use Code CTC
Cut-off date to make reservations: June 27, 2014
- Studio Suite (1 King, 1 Queen Sofabed): $139.00/night plus 15% tax - Book Online
- 1 BR Suite (1 Queen, 1 Queen Sofabed): $139.00/night plus 15% tax - Book Online
- 2 BR Suite (2 Queens, 1 Queen Sofabed): $299.00/night plus 15% tax (NO DISCOUNT for 2 BR)
- Marriott Rewards Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts!
Best Western Inn & Suites (Distance to Tall Pines Day Camp: 1.9 miles) 1151 N. Black Horse Pike Williamstown, NJ 08094 (856) 340-7900
* There is NOT a room block or discount at this hotel, but it is an option if you choose.
- The hotel only serves continental/buffet-like breakfast
- The hotel has microwaves and refrigerators in the rooms, and a pool
In July 2011, the inaugural Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang) was launched for children with food allergies and their siblings, ages 3-12, at Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown, NJ (Philadelphia area). A second camp was offered in August at the Sandy Springs Friends School in Sandy Spring, MD. Created as a place for kids with food allergies to just be kids, the experience was made memorable not only by the fun activities, but also by the fact that the kids felt safe and reassured in an environment free from their food allergies. Through the hard work of Camp TAG Founder, Eleanor Garrow, and staff and many volunteers, we were thrilled that Camp TAG was a total success! However, don't just take our word for it; read what some parents and volunteers had to say about the experience.
"...it was AMAZING!!!! It was the most inspiring, empowering experience we've ever been able to provide [our daughter] with. It was the first and probably the only program we have ever sent [our daughter] to that we didn't have to even worry about the food situation, and for [her] younger brother, it was a good opportunity to teach food allergy awareness and safety." ~ Julie
"I can't thank Eleanor Garrow enough for Camp TAG. It was a wonderful experience for my 4-year-old son to be educated by people (adults and children) other than myself, husband, and family on food allergies." ~ Kerri
"I have to say that Camp TAG is not only great for the kids, but for us to only parents as well. It means so much to me to allergy kids who know what life is like trying Thank you so much for all your hard work!! say that Camp TAG is not great for the kids, but for us meet other parents of food to keep our kids safe! This is the best week ever!" ~ Lisa
"My son is attending the camp - had so wait to go back tomorrow. Thank you to volunteers at Camp TAG for making my camp come true!!" ~ Amanda
"Great job - Camp TAG is so amazing in so many ways. It's already made a huge difference in my son's life. We are excited for the rest of the week ...I loved how the kids at my table were all comparing their allergy bracelets and loving them like accessories and not having to feel different - instead a new sense of belonging!" ~ Kim
"I just wanted to let you know that you did an OUTSTANDING job putting this together and that ALL the children left with a new feeling of comfort with both their feelings about their allergies and meeting new children who have the same conditions as they do." ~Frank
2014 Camp TAG is made possible in part by the generous support of the following sponsors: