Programs

2021

FAACT’s Camp TAG Virtual Summer Program 2021 - Registration Is Open!

After many conversations with our Medical Advisory Board, we have decided that Camp TAG will not take place in person in our four locations for 2021 due to COVID-19. Everyone’s health and safety are our first and foremost priority!

We will be hosting a robust and fun-packed Camp TAG Virtual Summer Program in 2021 and want to stay connected to our families until we can be together again in 2022! If you thought last summer was amazing…wait until you see what we have planned for Summer 2021! You will NOT want to miss out!

Age groups are as follows:

  • 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-13

We will do our best to group campers with their same friends from whichever Camp TAG location they usually attend. We will place new campers in the appropriate groups based on their time zones. 


Schedule

Camp TAG will be a 6-week session consisting of twelve (12), 90-minute Zoom sessions with FAACT staff and teen counselors helping lead the sessions.

6-week Session: June 21 through July 29

  • Each age group will have two (2) sessions per week.
  • Sessions will be held on Monday’s, Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s.

During each 90-minute session, we will cover an education activity, a craft, a camp game, and engage in FUN conversations. The campers will learn the Camp TAG song during sessions. Every session will be different.

We will schedule campers during the times that best fit their time zone. For example, EST and CST zones will be the first sessions each day, and the MST and PST zones will be the afternoon sessions each day (unless requested otherwise).

** There are 32 spots available for each age group (16 in AM session; 16 in PM session).

Monday sessions: Ages 4-6 and 7-8

  • June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, and 26

  Times for Ages 4-6:

  • 9am-10:30am EST
  • 12:30pm-2pm EST / 9:30am-11am PST

  Times for Ages 7-8:

  • 10:30am-12pm EST
  • 2pm-3:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm PST

Tuesday sessions: Ages 9-10 and 11-13

  • June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27

    Times for Ages 9-10:
  • 10am-11:30am EST
  • 1:30pm-3pm EST / 10:30am-12pm PST

  Times for Ages 11-13:

  • 11:30am-1pm EST
  • 3pm-4:30pm EST / 12pm-1:30pm PST

Wednesday sessions: Ages 4-6 and 7-8

  • June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28

    Times for Ages 4-6:
  • 9am-10:30am EST
  • 1pm-2:30pm EST / 10am-11:30am PST

  Times for Ages 7-8:

  • 10:30am-12pm EST
  • 2pm-3:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm PST

Thursday sessions

  • June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

    Times for Ages 9-10:
  • 10am-11:30am EST
  • 1:30pm-3pm EST / 10:30am-12pm PST

    Times for Ages 11-13:
  • 11:30am-1pm EST
  • 3pm-4:30pm EST / 12pm-1:30pm PST

Parent Education Session

A virtual parent session will still be offered! We will have a four-hour parent session covering the following:

  • Latest in food allergy research, quality of life, and Q&A with Shahzad Mustafa, MD, FAACT’s Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the food allergy community
  • Self-care, coping skills and more with FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA School Psychology
  • Civil rights advocacy in schools with FAACT's Vice President, Amelia Smith, JD

Date to be determined.


Family Day

Family Day is for the entire family! ALL the campers and teen counselors will need to wear their Camp TAG Virtual 2021 t-shirts! And, we will have a special guest joining us, Kyle Dine, who wrote the Camp TAG song 11 years ago. We can all sing along to the Camp TAG song and other songs with Kyle! It will be a fun, interactive, Camp TAG Virtual Family Day for 30 minutes!

Date: Friday, July 30 at 1pm EST / 10am PST 


Camper Applications

To register for Camp TAG, please download the camper application.  

Email camper applications to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org.

Deadline to register is Friday, June 4.


Teen Counselor Applications

Teens, ages 14+, can volunteer as teen counselors and receive community service hours for their time. Each teen counselor will receive a package that includes:

  • FAACT Virtual Camp TAG t-shirt
  • Camp materials for education sessions and games
  • Epinephrine auto-injector trainers
  • FAACT resources
  • Samples, coupons, literature from our sponsors

Participation fee for teen counselors is $75. See below for payment instructions.

To apply to be a teen counselor, please download the teen application.

Email teen applications to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 4.


Registration and Payment

Registration per camper: $230 (approximately $19/session).

Registration fee covers twelve (12) sessions along with the Camp TAG box and shipping fees, which includes:

  • FAACT Virtual Camp TAG t-shirt
  • Twelve (12) camp craft kits
  • Camp materials for education sessions and games
  • Epinephrine auto-injector trainers
  • FAACT resources
  • FAACT swag
  • Samples, coupons, literature from our sponsors

Registration payments must be made in full online at time of registration or by check via mail sent to: FAACT, P.O. Box 511, West Chester, OH 45071. If paying online, please go to FAACT's Donate page. Click on "Other" and enter the amount of your camp registration fee, and enter "Camp TAG 2021 " in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account.

We hope you welcome Camp TAG into your homes this summer to keep the Camp TAG momentum going until we see each other again in 2022!

Summer

Camp TAG Testimonials from Virtual Summer and Winter 2020

For our Summer 2020 Virtual Camp TAG, we had 132 campers and 28 teen counselors from 32 states and Canada. Out of the 132 campers, 91 were completely new to Camp TAG. Many said they cannot wait to join us in person when that happens in 2022 with our other return families. Many did not want Camp TAG to end. We were so pleased and excited to hear the positive testimonials after the 5 weeks concluded and have decided that we will continue to offer a Virtual Camp TAG each summer over one week when Camp TAG is not taking place in-person.

"My son has multiple IgE-mediated food allergies, Eosinophilic disorders, asthma, MCAS, and is primarily fed through a G-tube. He was to attend Camp TAG in Ohio in person for two years and participated in the Winter Virtual session. My daughter also has food allergies and allergic diseases and participated in Camp TAG. Camp TAG has been amazing for our family! The kids Zoom and play Roblox with their camp friends a few times per week. I've been in an active chat group with some of the moms for a few years now. We've made lifelong friends. The Camp TAG program is encouraging, empowering, and supportive, and I am so grateful to Eleanor and her team for giving kids such an amazing opportunity."
- Melissa, Utah

"My son lives with multiple food allergies, eczema, seasonal allergies, anxiety, and asthma. We found Camp TAG in 2020 and wanted to attend the in-person camp, but instead participated virtually. Words cannot describe how happy meeting with a group of kids, teens, and adult counselors who "get it" made my son feel. The sessions are so inclusive, educational, and really fun. As a parent, it is great to see him be able to discuss how he stays safe and advocates for himself with his peers. We were all so impressed after the Summer session that we also participated in the Winter virtual camp, and we can't wait to attend the in-person Camp TAG when it comes to Colorado. My son truly knows that he is not alone and has lots of fun friends that understand him."
- Jessica, Colorado

"My daughter has many food and seasonal allergies. She participated in the Camp TAG Summer and Winter programs and LOVED it. She's going to participate again this Summer. I sat in the room with her during the Zoom sessions (out-of-sight) and thought they did a fantastic job using age-appropriate vocabulary to talk about some pretty deep stuff (anaphylaxis symptoms, allergy symptoms, anxiety, bullying, etc.). The crafts were fun, too. The reason we registered her was for the exposure and interaction with kids who also have allergies. I definitely recommend Camp TAG and am hoping it's back in-person in 2022."
- Maureen, Tennessee

"Thank you for providing such an amazing opportunity for my son. I have never seen him so empowered and confident to talk about his food allergies. We live in Washington in a relatively small town. He does not have other friends with food allergies. He has learned so much about how to communicate regarding his food allergies. The activities and materials provided were excellent for our family. I am overjoyed with this camp experience he has had. He is looking forward to seeing his friends again at Camp TAG this Winter. I am so thrilled to have an option for him that we both felt comfortable to participate. This has been a life-changing experience for our family."
- Nicole, Washington

"I wanted to reach out and let you know my son loved Camp TAG. This is the first time he has been able to relate to others and feel comfortable. I have worked for Parks and Rec his whole life, and he attends the camps there. He said he hopes there will be a Camp TAG here someday."
- Jodie, Florida

"Our whole family benefited from Camp TAG. I just telling my husband that something positive to come from COVID-19 is that we got to attend Camp TAG's virtual program. We are thankful for Camp TAG and for everyone who made it possible."
- Abby, New York

"I wanted to congratulate you for putting on an amazing virtual Camp TAG! My daughter has never been to Camp TAG (or any camp) before, and she was not sure she would like it, but she loooooves it! She is very shy, and I had to introduce her on the first day because she wouldn't do it herself, but now she is happy to be there on her own. She has not said much on Zoom, but I wanted you to know that she is having a great time and is sad that tomorrow is the last day."
- Laura, Arizona

Camp TAG 2020 Photos

2020