Are parents discouraged from being at camp with their children?
NO! We encourage family camping! Kids of any age and parents may appreciate each other’s presence and want precious family time together. Also, each child grows into independence at their own rate, so we don’t force premature separation.
I have/my child has diabetes that requires food at irregular times.
We have successfully accommodated diabetic campers and will speak with you in advance in order to have proper food available. Please indicate your medical needs on the registration forms.
Can parents have access to the kitchen to prepare food for their children?
No: unfortunately allowing parents into the kitchen would violate health laws and allergen safety for other campers. Only Certified Food Managers (CFMs) with additional allergen management experience are allowed in the kitchen.
My child is a picky eater – I’m afraid they won’t eat what is served. Can special food be prepared for them?
Parent-identified “picky eaters” with this worry have been full and happy, have frequently asked for 3rd or 4th helpings, and raved about the food on the evaluations! That we can offer a safe, delicious, variety of foods is a source of pride for AFAA Camp. There are always options so if a camper does not like items a or b or c, they will probably like d through z on the table.
Are dogs allowed at camp?
Because some campers have allergies to dogs, only service dogs are allowed at AFAA Camp.
Our family/children won’t be attending camp this year – can we come to camp to walk around to see the grounds?
Safety and security are our utmost priority - therefore all people on the campground site must be registered and it is not possible to allow non-campers to explore the camp.
I have a great deal of anxiety about letting my kids go to camp. How do you keep them safe?
AFAA camp is unique in that:
- It is the only camp with doctors on-site and with the campers at all times;
- Materials provided by you & your physician direct the care your child needs;
- We allow only CFMs with allergen management experience to prepare and serve food;
- The menu is determined by experts in food allergy management & procurement, who not only decide what foods to serve, but also which brands to purchase;
- Every activity, location, policy has been developed with safety as the top priority.
I’m not sure I’m ready to “let go” of my child for an overnight on their own. (Or: “I’m not sure my child is ready to “let go” of me.)
AFAA Camp is also unique in that it has options to let you be at camp with your child, and also has day-camping options – both which can smooth the transition to your child’s independence. Even if you and your child are comfortable apart, family camping can be a vacation together – giving you respite from cooking, cleaning, and transporting your kids to activities.
I’m fearful that my child will get homesick. Can they call home during camp?
Homesickness is uncommon because campers are involved with activities and engaging fully with other campers. If, however, it happens, AFAA Camp leaders will attend to the camper’s feelings. Parents/guardians should allow - but not encourage! - phone calls to home, because that gives the expectation that the child-camper will get homesick. Instead, child-campers should be reminded that time will fly by because they will be having so much fun!
The cost seems high for a weekend – is it?
AFAA believes so strongly in empowering kids and parents that it is willing to take a financial loss to offer a safe camp. The cost of 5 full meals; snacks; overnight accommodations; nearly a dozen activity/lesson periods led by professional or certified leaders; supplies; actually come closer to $500-$800, and do not include the value of 24-hour a day physician presence. Cost to campers and families are drastically lower because of the generosity of volunteers.