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Camp TAG - Nashville, Tennessee: June 26-30, 2023!

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan (Widji) is a peanut and tree nut-free camp site. See below for all details pertaining to Camp TAG in Nashville, TN. For questions regarding Camp Widjiwagan, the Camp TAG schedule, and more...contact FAACT. Camp Widji will only re-direct you to us.

Camper Ages: 5-13 / Teen Counselor Ages: 14+

Camp Hours: 
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fees for Nashville, Tennessee:

  • 1st child:  $475
  • 2nd child: $425
  • 3rd child: $375
  • 4th child: $325

Registration Opens on January 2, 2023!


Registration Application & Health Form

To register for Camp TAG Tennessee, please download the camper application/health form and the Camp Widjiwagan waiver, starting January 2, 2023. Please follow the instructions to submit the application/health form and make the registration payment. There are 60 camper spots available. 

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Deadline to register for Camp TAG TN is Monday, June 12, 2023.


Volunteer Teen Counselor Positions Available

There are 14 teen counselor positions available, which will be an application process. Teens with food allergies, ages 14+, or a sibling of someone with a food allergy, ages 14+, may apply to become volunteer teen camp counselors. Camp TAG provides one counselor for every three to four children. We'd really like to see the teens apply for counselor positions because they can relate to the campers and act as mentors.

Teens receive community services hours for their time, which averages about 35-40 hours for the week. Teen counselors will be notified once applications are reviewed. Once accepted, there is a $75 activity fee for teen counselors to be paid via FAACT's secured PayPal (please do NOT pay this fee until the teen application has been approved).

Download the teen counselor application/health form and the Camp Widjiwagan waiver, starting January 2, 2023.

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Deadline to send in the volunteer teen counselor application is June 12, 2023.


Registration & Payment

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 Tennessee" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account. Cancellations prior to May 26, 2023, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration. After May 27, the deposit will be refunded less $50.


Parent/Caregiver Education Session

A virtual session will be offered in August for all parents/caregivers from Camp TAG! We will have a four-hour session covering the latest in food allergy research, quality of life, racial & health disparities in food allergy, mental health across the lifespan, and accommodations in school with Q&A at the end of each section.

August Date to be Determined (12:00pm-4:00pm EST):

  • The Latest in Food Allergy Research: Shahzad Mustafa, MD, Rochester Regional Health System, Division of Allergy & Immunology and FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Racial & Health Disparities in Food Allergy: Aleasa Word, FAACT's VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - Nationally Certified School Psychologist, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health
  • Accommodations in School: Amelia Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights

Hospitals Near Camp

Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-1000
Distance from YMCA Camp Widji: 15 miles/32 minutes

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1211 Medical Center Drive
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-5000
Distance from YMCA Camp Widji: 18 miles/40 minutes


Hotels

If you require a kitchenette, we are working on reserving room blocks at:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport
2640 Elm Hill Pike - Nashville, TN 37214 
(615) 884-8111
Distance to YMCA Camp Widji: 8.1 miles/16 minutes

Room block dates: Saturday, June 24 through Saturday, July 1, 2023
Cut-off date to make reservations: May 24, 2023
** Reservation link for Camp TAG TN at Homewood Suites by Hilton - Coming in 2023

Rates for 2023 (Coming Soon - rates below are from 2022):

  • One (1) Bedroom with two (2) Queen beds and separate living room with sleeper sofa - 6 suites available 
    • $189 plus 15.25% tax plus $2.50/room per night lodging fee ($220.32/night total)
  • One (1) Bedroom with one (1) King bed and separate living room with sleeper sofa - 4 suites available
    • $179 plus 15.25% tax plus $2.50/room per night lodging fee ($208.79/night total)
  • The hotel has kitchenettes with stovetops in the rooms 
  • The hotel serves complimentary, full hot buffet-like breakfast
  • Complimentary evening socials from 5:30p-7:30p, Monday-Thursday
  • Fitness center, pool
  • Hilton Honors Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts!

Home2 Suites by Hilton Nashville Airport
832 Royal Parkway - Nashville, TN 37214
(615) 874-2280 - Use Group Code FCT
Distance to YMCA Camp Widji: 7.7 miles/16 minutes
Group Name: FAACT Camp TAG

Room block dates: Saturday, June 24 through Saturday, July 1, 2023
Cut-off date to make reservations: May 24, 2023
** Reservation Link for Camp TAG TN at Home2 Suites - Coming in 2023

Rates for 2023 (Coming Soon - rates below are from 2022):

  • Two (2) Full-sized Beds and Sleeper Sofa Studio
    • 6 rooms available
    • $149 plus 15.25% tax plus $2.50/room per night lodging fee ($174.22/night total)
  • One (1) Full-sized bed and Sleeper Sofa Studio
    • 4 rooms available
    • $139 plus 15.25% tax plus $2.50/room per night lodging fee ($162.70/night total)
  • The hotel has kitchenettes in the rooms (no stovetop or oven); grill outdoors
  • The hotel serves complimentary continental breakfast
  • Fitness center, pool
  • Hilton Honors Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts!
Golden Bell

Camp TAG - Divide, Colorado: July 11-15, 2022! 

Golden Bell Camp is a mountain top experience. See below for all details pertaining to Camp TAG in Divide, Colorado. For questions regarding Golden Bell Camp, the Camp TAG schedule, and more...contact FAACT. Golden Bell Camp will only re-direct you to us.

Camper Ages: 5-13 / Teen Counselor Ages: 14+

Camp Hours: 
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fees for Divide, Colorado:

  • 1st child:  $450
  • 2nd child: $400
  • 3rd child:  $350
  • 4th child:  $300

FAACT Guidelines in Place Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Based on the recommendations of FAACT’s Medical Advisory Board, all Camp TAG campers, teen counselors, parents/caregivers, and staff must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (including any and all available boosters) at least two weeks prior to the beginning of camp. These guidelines are non-negotiable.

  • Proof of vaccination (scanned vaccination cards) must be submitted with your Camp TAG registration and medical forms, and proof of any additional boosters should be emailed once received.
    • Camp TAG will comply with the requirements of each host camp and individual state and local Covid-19 requirements as well.
  • We anticipate being able to offer Family Day in person in 2022 for fully vaccinated parents/caregivers and registered campers/teen counselors.
  • FAACT will continue to work with our medical advisory board; monitor federal, state, and local guidelines; and update our policies for each camp location as needed. 

For those unable to attend in person, we will offer a Virtual Camp TAG for one week (July 18-22) to help kids and teens connect.

As always, the health and safety of our campers, counselors, and staff are our utmost priority. We cannot wait for Camp TAG 2022!


Registration Application & Health Form

To register for Camp TAG Colorado, please download the camper application/health form, FAACT's Covid-19 waiver, and the Golden Bell Waiver. Please follow the instructions to submit the application/health form and make the registration payment. There are 50 camper spots available for 2022.

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org. 

Deadline to register for Camp TAG CO will be Monday, June 20, 2022.


Volunteer Teen Counselor Positions Available

There are 10-15 volunteer teen counselor positions available for 2022, which will be an application process. This is the first year holding Camp TAG in Colorado, therefore, teen volunteer counselors will be decided upon the number of campers registered. Teens with food allergies, ages 14+, or a sibling of someone with a food allergy, ages 14+, may apply to become volunteer teen camp counselors. Camp TAG provides 1-3 counselors for every 5-9 children. We'd really like to see the teens apply for counselor positions because they can relate to the campers and act as mentors.

An activity fee of $75 is required for volunteer teen counselor positions. See below for Registration & Payment. Teens receive community services hours for their time, which averages about 35-40 hours for the week. Teen counselors will be notified once applications are reviewed, and the activity fee can be paid then. 

Download the teen counselor/health form, FAACT's Covid-19 waiver, and the Golden Bell Waiver.

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Deadline to send in the volunteer teen counselor application is June 20, 2022.


Registration & Payment

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/Colorado" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account. Cancellations prior to May 11, 2022, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration. After May 11, the deposit will be refunded less $50.


Parent/Caregiver Education Session

A virtual session will be offered in August for all parents/caregivers from Camp TAG! We will have a four-hour session covering the latest in food allergy research, quality of life, racial & health disparities in food allergy, mental health across the lifespan, and accommodations in school with Q&A at the end of each section.

- August 3, 2022 (12:00pm-4:00pm EST):

  • The Latest in Food Allergy Research: Shahzad Mustafa, MD, Rochester Regional Health System, Division of Allergy & Immunology and FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Racial & Health Disparities in Food Allergy: Aleasa Word, FAACT's VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - Nationally Certified School Psychologist, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health
  • Accommodations in School: Amelia Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights

Hospitals Near Camp

UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital
16420 W. Highway 24
Woodland Park, CO 80863
Main Switchboard: (719) 689-9999
Emergency Dept (24 Hours): (719) 686-5759
Distance from Golden Bell Camp: 15.1 miles/22 minutes


Hotels

We do not have reserved room blocks for our Colorado location because many stay at different sites, as well as use VRBO and Air B&B.

Golden Bell Camp offers rates at their RV Park:
https://www.goldenbellccc.org/rv-park

2023

FAACT’s Camp TAG Virtual Summer Program 2023

We are hosting a one-week, fun-packed Camp TAG Virtual Program the week of July 17-21 and want to stay connected to our families that are not able to join us in-person! You will NOT want to miss out! 

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 – with no worries about allergic reactions – and meet other children who share similar experiences. Camp TAG provides peer-to-peer networks, support, gaining independence and confidence, and more - everyone has the opportunity to meet others who live it and get it. It is a bonding and empowering experience for all campers and counselors, including parents/caregivers.

Registration Opens on January 2, 2023!

Age groups are as follows:

  • 4-7, 8-10, and 11-13

We will do our best to group campers with their same friends from whichever Camp TAG location they usually attend or which virtual camp they attended the past two years.


Schedule

Camp TAG will be a 1-week session consisting of five (5), 90-minute Zoom sessions with FAACT staff and teen counselors helping lead the sessions (total 7.5 hours).

1-week Session: Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21

  • Ages 4-7: 11am-12:30pm EST
  • Ages 8-10: 12:30pm-2pm EST
  • Ages 11-13: 2pm-3:30pm EST

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.

** There are 20 spots available for each age group.

Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23, 2023.


Camper Applications

To register for Virtual Camp TAG, please download the camper application starting January 2, 2023.  

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


Teen Counselor Applications

Teens, ages 14+, can volunteer as teen counselors and receive community service hours for their time, totalling 8 hours. 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 virtual teen counselor, please download the teen application starting January 2, 2023.

Email teen applications to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org


Registration and Payment

Registration per camper: $150

Registration fee covers five (5) sessions along with the Camp TAG box and shipping fees, which includes:

  • FAACT Virtual Camp TAG t-shirt
  • Five (5) 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 "Virtual Camp TAG 2023 " in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account.


Parent/Caregiver Education Session 

A virtual session will be offered in August for all parents/caregivers from Camp TAG! We will have a four-hour session covering the latest in food allergy research, quality of life, racial & health disparities in food allergy, mental health across the lifespan, and accommodations in school with Q&A at the end of each section.

August - Date to be determined (12:00pm-4:00pm EST):

  • The Latest in Food Allergy Research: Shahzad Mustafa, MD, Rochester Regional Health System, Division of Allergy & Immunology and FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Racial & Health Disparities in Food Allergy: Aleasa Word, FAACT's VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - Nationally Certified School Psychologist, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health
  • Accommodations in School: Amelia Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights

We hope you welcome FAACT's Camp TAG into your homes!

Camp TAG Winter

Camp TAG Winter 2021 - Registration Is Closed!

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

Camp TAG registration is closed.


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

Camp TAG registration is closed.

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!

2018 FAACT Camp TAG Partners

2022 FAACT Camp TAG Partners

Thank you to our generous and gracious partners for supporting FAACT's Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang). We could not offer this program for our families without your continued support. 


Sponsorship Opportunities

There are sponsorship opportunities for FAACT's Camp TAG. If your company or organization is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org for more information.

Summer

Camp TAG Testimonials from Virtual Summer and Winter 2020-2021

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

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

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Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)


2023 Will Mark Our 13th Anniversary!

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 – with no worries about allergic reactions – and meet other children who share similar experiences. Camp TAG provides peer-to-peer networks, support, gaining independence and confidence, and more - everyone has the opportunity to be with others who live it and get it. It is a bonding and empowering week for all campers and counselors, including parents/caregivers.

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 (for children with food allergies and their families), and how to stay safe at school and at home. The curriculum was designed and reviewed by FAACT's Medical Advisory Board

Activities each day will include camp games, ropes course, climbing tower, canoeing, arts and crafts, music, swimming, Ga-Ga, archery, mine chutes, giant swings, and field sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, flag football, lacrosse, and so much more.

This ONE-WEEK, DAY CAMP is designed specifically for children ages 5-13. For camp activities, children are grouped by ages to ensure experiences are age-appropriate:

  • Ages 5-6
  • Ages 7-9
  • Ages 10-11
  • Ages 12-13

In 2023, camps will be held in:

REGISTRATION OPENS ON JANUARY 2, 2023!

“Camp TAG was created because I wanted to send my son, Thomas, to camp, but worried about a reaction occurring during the camp day. I researched local camps, and none of them were able to accommodate his needs. As I continued my research, I found that there weren’t any types of specialized food allergy camps for kids anywhere in the country. I then decided to start our own camp. Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang) was actually named after my children. TAG stands for Thomas Andrew and Anne Garrow, and they share the “A” as they share their life experiences of managing food allergies on a daily basis. I also wanted the camp to include siblings because I have one child with and one child without food allergies. Siblings are also just as affected and advocate just as much for their affected siblings. I wanted my children, along with all of your children, to enjoy the camp experience together.” – Eleanor Garrow-Holding


Registration

Registration will open on January 2, 2023. Please see the location you are interested in for the Registration fees. Tuition payments must be made in full online at time of registration or a check sent via mail to:

FAACT
P.O. Box 511
West Chester, OH 45071

Please email Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org with any questions!


Volunteer Teen Counselor Positions Available

Teens with food allergies, ages 14+, or a sibling of someone with a food allergy, ages 14+, may apply to become volunteer teen camp counselors. Camp TAG provides one counselor for every five children. We'd really like to see the teens apply for counselor positions because they can relate to the campers and act as mentors.

Teens receive community services hours for their time, which averages about 35-40 hours for the week. Teen counselors will be notified once applications are reviewed. Once accepted, there is a $75 activity fee for teen counselors to be paid via FAACT's secured PayPal.

The Volunteer Teen Counselor application process will open on January 2, 2023!


Medication Policy

Medications are checked in each day in the morning and checked out each afternoon when you pick your child up from camp. We do not keep medication overnight. There are camp nurses on site at all times. The counselor of your child’s group will be carrying the child’s medications in a portable cooler on wheels (room temperature) so all medications are with your child the entire time. Every camper must have a medical/health plan completed, which is included in the registration packet.


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. Campers and counselors must use WetOnes® hand wipes during check in each morning, before and after morning snack and lunch times, and any other time needed throughout the day.

* WetOnes® Ingredients:
Active Ingredient: Benzethonium Chloride (0.3%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol 40, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-60 Lanolin, Quaternium-52, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Fragrance, Sodium 
Caprylcamphopropionate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Citric Acid.

YMCA Camp KernYMCA Camp Widjiwagan, and Camp Huguenot already have a peanut- and tree nut-free policy in place, 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.

Additional restrictions:

  • 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 9" (plus gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO) from Partake Foods during the morning Education session for every camper.

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.


 

Education for Campers & Counselors

There will be an education session implemented during the education portion of the week for the campers and counselors on how to recognize signs & symptoms of anaphylaxis and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector (with trainers).


Parent/Caregiver Virtual Education Session: 

A virtual session will be offered in August for all parents/caregivers from Camp TAG! We will have a four-hour session covering the latest in food allergy research, quality of life, racial & health disparities in food allergy, mental health across the lifespan, and accommodations in school with Q&A at the end of each section.

August - Date to be Determined (12:00pm-4:00pm EST):

  • The Latest in Food Allergy Research: Shahzad Mustafa, MD, Rochester Regional Health System, Division of Allergy & Immunology and FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Racial & Health Disparities in Food Allergy: Aleasa Word, FAACT's VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - Nationally Certified School Psychologist, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health
  • Accommodations in School: Amelia Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights

Testimonials

In July 2011, the inaugural Camp TAG was launched at Tall Pines Day Camp in Williamstown, New Jersey. A second camp was offered in August 2011 at the Sandy Springs Friends School in Sandy Springs, Maryland. 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, the camp 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 of the 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-Holding 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 parents as well. It means so much to me to meet other parents of food allergy kids who know what life is like trying to keep our kids safe! Thank you so much for all your hard work!! This is the best week ever!” ~ Lisa

 “My son had so much fun today and cannot wait to go back tomorrow. Thank you to Eleanor Garrow-Holding and all the volunteers at Camp TAG for making my son’s dream of going to camp come true!!” ~ Amanda

“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


A Few Photos from Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)

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Food Industry Platinum Partner

Camp Tag Lebanon OH

Camp TAG - Lebanon, Ohio: June 5-9, 2023! 
(Northern suburb of Cincinnati)

YMCA's Camp Kern is a peanut and tree nut-free camp site. See below for all details pertaining to Camp TAG in Lebanon, Ohio. For questions regarding Camp Kern, the Camp TAG schedule, and more...contact FAACT. Camp Kern will only re-direct you to us.

Camper Ages: 5-13 / Teen Counselor Ages: 14+

Camp Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fees for Lebanon, Ohio:

  • 1st child:  $475
  • 2nd child: $425
  • 3rd child:  $375
  • 4th child:  $325

Registration Opens on January 2, 2023!


Registration Application & Health Form

To register for Camp TAG Ohio, please download the camper application/health form and the Camp Kern waiver, starting Janary 2, 2023. Please follow the instructions to submit the application/health form and make the registration payment. There are 60 camper spots available

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org.

Deadline to register for Camp TAG OH will be Monday, May 22, 2023.


Volunteer Teen Counselor Positions

There are 14 volunteer teen counselor positions available, which will be an application process. Teens with food allergies, ages 14+, or a sibling of someone with a food allergy, ages 14+, may apply to become volunteer teen camp counselors. Camp TAG provides 1-3 counselors for every 5-9 children. We'd really like to see the teens apply for counselor positions because they can relate to the campers and act as mentors.

Teens receive community services hours for their time, which averages about 35-40 hours for the week. Teen counselors will be notified once applications are reviewed. Once accepted, there is a $75 activity fee for teen counselors to be paid via FAACT's secured PayPal (please do NOT pay this fee until the teen application has been approved).

Download the teen counselor application/health form and the Camp Kern waiver, starting January 2, 2023.

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org.

Deadline to send in the volunteer teen counselor application is May 22, 2023.


Registration & Payment

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/Lebanon" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account. Cancellations prior to May 5, 2023, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration. After May 6, the deposit will be refunded less $50.


Parent/Caregiver Education Session

A virtual session will be offered in August for all parents/caregivers from Camp TAG! We will have a four-hour session covering the latest in food allergy research, quality of life, racial & health disparities in food allergy, mental health across the lifespan, and accommodations in school with Q&A at the end of each section.

August Date to be Determined (12:00pm-4:00pm EST):

  • The Latest in Food Allergy Research: Shahzad Mustafa, MD, Rochester Regional Health System, Division of Allergy & Immunology and FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Racial & Health Disparities in Food Allergy: Aleasa Word, FAACT's VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - Nationally Certified School Psychologist, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health
  • Accommodations in School: Amelia Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights

Hospitals Near Camp

UC West Chester Hospital
7700 University Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 298-3000
Distance from YMCA Camp Greenkill: 17 miles/32 minutes

Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus
7777 Yankee Road
Liberty Twp., OH 45044
(513) 803-9600
Distance from YMCA Camp Kern: 18 miles/31 minutes 

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnett Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-4200
Distance from YMCA Camp Kern: 33 miles/40 minutes

University of Cincinnati Medical Center
234 Goodman Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(513) 584-1000
Distance from YMCA Camp Kern: 33 miles/40 minutes

Premier Health Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main Street
Dayton, OH 45415
(937) 734-6784
Distance from YMCA Camp Kern: 46 miles/58 minutes


Hotels

We do not have reserved room blocks for our Ohio location because many stay at different sites, as well as use VRBO and Air B&B. Here are nearby hotels that offer kitchenettes where families have stayed each summer:

Home2 Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Liberty Township
7145 Liberty Center Drive
Liberty Twp., OH 45044
Distance to YMCA Camp Kern: 18 miles/30 minutes
(513) 644-2207

  • Studio Suites with 1-King bed & 1 sofa sleeper
  • King Bedroom Suite with 1 sofa sleeper
  • The hotel has kitchenettes in the rooms (no stovetop or oven); grill outdoors
  • The hotel serves complimentary continental breakfast
  • Fitness center, pool
  • Hilton Honors Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cincinnati Northeast/Mason
9369 Waterstone Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249 
Distance to YMCA Camp Kern: 16.6 miles/22 minutes
(513) 774-0610

  • Studio Suites with 1-King bed & 1 sofa sleeper
  • Marriott Rewards Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts.

Friends of FAACT Sponsors

Camp TAG

Camp TAG - Huguenot, New York: July 31-August 4, 2023!

Camp Huguenot is a peanut and tree nut-free camp site. See below for all details pertaining to Camp TAG in Huguenot, NY. For questions regarding Camp Huguenot, the Camp TAG schedule, and more...contact FAACT. Camp Huguenot will only re-direct you to us.

Camp Ages: 5-13 / Teen Counselor Ages: 14+

Camp Hours: 
Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fees for Huguenot, New York:

  • 1st child:  $475
  • 2nd child: $425
  • 3rd child: $375
  • 4th child: $325

Registration Opens on January 2, 2023!


Registration Application & Health Form - Opens January 2, 2023

To register for Camp TAG New York, please download the camper application/health form starting January 2. Please follow the instructions to submit the application/health form and make the registration payment. There are 60 camper spots available

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Deadline to register for Camp TAG NY is Friday, July 14, 2023.


Volunteer Teen Counselor Positions Available

There are 14 teen counselor positions available, which will be an application process. Teens with food allergies, ages 14+, or a sibling of someone with a food allergy, ages 14+, may apply to become volunteer teen camp counselors. Camp TAG provides one counselor for every three children. We'd really like to see the teens apply for counselor positions because they can relate to the campers and act as mentors.

Teens receive community services hours for their time, which averages about 35-40 hours for the week. Teen counselors will be notified once applications are reviewed. Once accepted, there is a $75 activity fee for teen counselors to be paid via FAACT's secured PayPal (please do NOT pay this fee until the teen application has been approved).

Download the teen counselor/health form starting January 2, 2023.

Email all completed forms to Eleanor.Garrow@FoodAllergyAwareness.org

Deadline to send in the volunteer teen counselor application is July 14, 2023.


Registration & Payment

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 New York" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account. Cancellations prior to June 14, 2023, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration. After June 15, the deposit will be refunded less $50.


Parent/Caregiver Education Session 

A virtual session will be offered in August for all parents/caregivers from Camp TAG! We will have a four-hour session covering the latest in food allergy research, quality of life, racial & health disparities in food allergy, mental health across the lifespan, and accommodations in school with Q&A at the end of each section.

August Date to be Determined:

  • The Latest in Food Allergy Research: Shahzad Mustafa, MD, Rochester Regional Health System, Division of Allergy & Immunology and FAACT's Medical Advisory Board Chair
  • Racial & Health Disparities in Food Allergy: Aleasa Word, FAACT's VP of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Emery Brown, Ed.S., NCSP - Nationally Certified School Psychologist, FAACT's Director of Behavioral Health
  • Accommodations in School: Amelia Smith, JD, FAACT's VP of Civil Rights

Hospitals Near Camp

Bon Secours Community Hospital
160 E. Main Street 
Port Jervis, NY 12771
(845) 858-7000
Distance from YMCA Camp Greenkill: 5.9 miles/13 minutes

Orange Regional Medical Center 
707 E. Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 333-1000
Distance from YMCA Camp Greenkill: 27 miles/35 minutes


Hotels

If you require a kitchenette, we have reserved a room block:

Home2 Suites by Hilton 
600 Route 211 East - Middletown, NY 10941
(845) 703-8000 - Use Code 'TAG'
Distance to YMCA Camp Greenkill: 21 miles/35 minutes

Room Block Dates
: Saturday, July 29th - Saturday, August 5, 2023
Cut-off date to make reservations: Thursday, June 29, 2023
** 
Reservation Link for Camp TAG NY Coming in 2023

  • 2-Queen Beds with Sleeper Sofa Studio Suites
  • The hotel has kitchenettes in the rooms (no stovetop or oven); grill outdoors
  • The hotel serves complimentary continental breakfast
  • Fitness center, pool
  • Hilton Honors Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts!

Homewood Suites by Hilton
180 Breunig Road - New Windsor, NY 12553 
(845) 567-2700
Distance to YMCA Camp Greenkill: 42 miles/45 minutes

  • There is NOT a room block or discount at this hotel, but it is an option if you choose.
  • The hotel has kitchenettes in the rooms 
  • The hotel serves complimentary continental/hot buffet breakfast
  • Fitness center, pool
  • Hilton Honors Members and AAA Members, be sure to ask for additional discounts!

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park at Gardiner
50 Bevier Road - Gardiner, NY 12525 
(845) 255-5193
Distance to YMCA Camp Greenkill: 39 miles/55 minutes

  • There is NOT a room block or discount at this site, but it is an option if you choose.
  • The cabins have full kitchens, a water park, and fun, family activities.

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