Programs

Camp TAG Winter

Camp TAG Winter 2021 - Registration Is Open!

Camp TAG provides a safe place for children with food allergies, eosinophilic disorders, FPIES, Celiac disease, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and asthma and their non-allergic siblings to have fun. Since Camp TAG remains virtual due to COVID-19, we want to stay connected with our families. Last Winter, we had 78 campers and 23 teen counselors from 34 states. Our Camp TAG Winter program will be a 3-day Camp TAG.

Camp TAG will consist of three (3), 90-minute Zoom sessions with FAACT staff and teen counselors helping lead the sessions - with one session per day: December 27, 28, 29.

Age groups: 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-13.

During each 90-minute session, we will cover an education activity, a craft, and a camp game along with fun conversations. The campers will still learn the Camp TAG song during sessions. Each session will be different.

Each camper will receive a Camp TAG box that includes:

  • Three (3) camp craft kits
  • One (1) FAACT Camp TAG Virtual Winter 2021 t-shirt
  • Auvi-Q and Epi-Pen auto-injector trainers
  • FAACT resources
  • FAACT swag
  • Samples, coupons, literature from our sponsors

Due to the holidays and possibly shipping delays, Camp TAG Registration Deadline is Friday, November 19!


Schedule

The sessions will take place on:
Monday, December 27
Tuesday, December 28
Wednesday, December 29

There are 20 spots available for each age group. Each camper will participate each day.

Ages 4-6: 

  • 11am-12:30pm EST / 8am-9:30am PST

Ages 7-8: 

  • 12:30pm-2:00pm EST / 9:30am-11am PST

Ages 9-10:

  • 2pm-3:30pm EST / 11am-12:30pm PST

Ages 11-13:

  • 3:30pm-5:00pm EST / 12:30pm-2pm 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, November 19. 


Registration and Payment

Due to the holidays and possibly shipping delays, Camp TAG Registration Deadline is Friday, November 19!

Registration per camper: $85.

Registration fee covers the Camp TAG box with all crafts/supplies for the 3 sessions, Camp TAG t-shirt, FAACT resources & swag, Auvi-Q & Epi-Pen trainers, and other goodies plus shipping.

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 Winter 2021" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account.


Teen Counselor Applications

Teens, ages 14+, can volunteer as teen counselors and receive community service hours for their time (5 hours). Each teen counselor will receive a package that includes:

  • One (1) FAACT Camp TAG Virtual Winter 2021 t-shirt
  • Crafts/supplies for the 3 sessions
  • Auvi-Q & Epi-Pen trainers
  • FAACT resources

To register to be a Teen Counselor, please download the Teen Counselor application.

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

Participation fee for teen counselors is $50. 

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 Winter 2021" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account.


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

Camp TAG Testimonials from Virtual Summer2021/2020 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.

"FAACT's Camp TAG has held such a special place in our hearts since it began. That first year, I remember very reluctantly leaving my five and seven-year-old daughters. Since then, we have returned every summer. It's hard to explain how one week each summer can make such a profound impact, but it has. The lifelong friendships we and our daughters have made are priceless. Camp TAG is a chance to share experiences with those who know the challenges and fears of living with food allergies. It's a chance to learn that you are not alone, but instead you have this extended family to lean on for support. I remember how much daughters looked up to their counselors when they were young. I am so proud that they have become teen counselors themselves. Last summer, just as our own families reunited for graduations and weddings virtually, the Camp TAG family reunited online, as well. We are looking forward to coming together virtually again this summer to see old friends and make new ones."
- Megan, NJ

"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

"Thank you again for giving the kids opportunities to continue to stay connected with their friends and make new ones. Our daughter absolutely enjoyed every minute with the young kids as a counselor. She has become such a wonderful advocate and educator for our food allergy community! She has also realized how much she loves working with kids, so we know wherever her journey takes her, it will involve working with children. I'm so proud of our son for taking all the things you have taught him all these years, into his daily life. He has become such an excellent self advocate and confident pre-teen. Never ashamed to wear his medicine and explain it to anyone that asks. Which has helped him to live a life of great involvement in many activities. Swim team, Boy Scouts, football, and theatre. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You have made a difference, every step of the way! As parents, we cannot thank you enough! We look forward to being in person again soon!"
- Jennifer, Pennsylvania