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Allergy awareness at our Centres

We pride ourselves on a high level of allergy awareness and have a number of processes and procedures in place to manage allergies and anaphylaxis, so your child can take part in activities to their full potential. 

  • We complete anaphylaxis training every two years and are experienced in identifying and managing anaphylaxis.
  • Every Centre has at least two EpiPens.
  • We require medical information and consent forms to be completed and returned prior to your child’s stay.
  • Children with severe food allergies wear an identifying red wristband at all times during their stay.
  • We walk children with allergies through the process of how their food is prepared and collected as well as encouraging them to tell us if there are problems with their meal. We have risk controls in place for specific allergies. This can mean a child brings their own specially packaged food or their carer comes along. Other times, it’s making sure children wear insect repellent, long sleeves and pants during outdoor activities.
  • Participants suffering from asthma or anaphylaxis should have an asthma management plan or anaphylaxis action plan which has been prepared by their doctor. Download sample plan templates from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy website. Please provide it to the Centre prior to attending camp. 

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s stay, we encourage you to call and speak to our staff or even visit the Centre prior to their stay. Our goal is to ensure you feel comfortable about your child’s stay at camp. 

FAQs

Is your Centre nut free?

Sport and Recreation support the view held by Anaphylaxis Australia that the term “nut free” should not be used. We have a number of processes to manage all special diets, particularly those involving nuts.

Can you cater for a gluten free diet?

Yes. Our Centres cater for many types of allergies and diets, including gluten free.

Can you send me a menu?

We can provide a menu on request for parents needing to consult with their child’s dietician or doctor.

If there is a food item on the menu that my child can’t or won’t eat, can you change it?

We can, within reason. Our priority is to provide special diets for medical conditions and religious beliefs. Fussy eaters will find a number of food choices each meal time.

Will my child’s meal be prepared separately?

This will vary depending on your child’s diet and medical condition. Our staff are trained to implement a number of strategies when preparing food to minimise cross contamination.

Can my child bring their own meals?

Yes. In some instances we may even suggest this, especially if your child has a complex diet or severe anaphylaxis.

Will my child be eating with other children who don’t have allergies?

This will depend on your child’s allergies and medical condition.  If they have severe allergies, it’s common for staff to set up a separate table for your child to eat at, but they will not be sitting alone.

Do you have EpiPen’s at NSW Camps and are your staff instructed in how to use them?

Every Centre has a minimum of two EpiPens. Staff are trained in their use and also undertake refresher training.

How will my child be identified as having a special diet and what is the procedure when my child comes to a camp?

We have steps in place to ensure your child’s dietary needs are looked after, from recording dietary information, explaining how their food is prepared and checking your child receives the specific meal prepared for them to encouraging them to tell us if they have any problems at any time during meals. As an additional measure, children with food related anaphylaxis wear an identifying red wristband at all times during their stay. Contact the Centre to find out more.

Do you have peanuts at your Centres?

All our Centres are nut aware. We don’t specifically stock peanuts or peanut butter. Some items may contain traces of nuts and we have procedures in place to manage this.

What alternative milks do you have if my child is allergic to milk?

We have a variety of lactose-free milks available, including soy. If your child has a preference, contact the Centre and our catering staff will endeavour to accommodate.

What meals would you prepare if my child is vegetarian, vegan or halal?

All special diet meals are similar in taste and quality to the standard meals.

Feedback from parents

“My daughter has coeliac disease which requires a STRICT gluten free diet and is also fructose intolerant. She attended Lake Ainsworth with her school and due to the complexity of the diet, was allowed to send all food to be consumed. With trying to cater for so many food allergies with children these days, Tim from Lake Ainsworth is obviously very experienced in this area and is a huge asset to the camp. Thank you to Tim for his OUTSTANDING LEVEL OF SERVICE he provided my daughter.” - Margaret T

"We had a very enjoyable weekend at the camp. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and the meals were fab. I'd like to thank Priscilla for her patience with our crew and for going out of her way in being helpful regarding food. The gluten-free pancakes were a hit!” – Diane S

“Thank you so much for all your effort, empathy and consideration and for making Tori’s first camp experience such a memorable and positive one. Emailing me the camp program helped us have an idea of what Tori would be doing so that we could adjust her pump and insulin settings. And thank you for considering her needs and catering for her, she told me about her meals and it has really given me peace of mind. Thank you also for supplying the menus so that her dietician could help us determine how much insulin she would need.” – Jenny G