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Going to Camp

Your middle school and high school years bring many opportunities for extracurricular activities. During the summer, school clubs such as athletics, band, or drama, to name just a few, may participate in special overnight camps.

For someone with food allergies, these opportunities can present new challenges. If you belong to a club that offers these camps, here are some things you should consider before participating.

Talk to your parents and the camp director, as well as to the coaches and chaperones who will be attending the camp. Inform them of any special dietary needs you may have and be sure they will be able to accommodate your needs.

Finally, keep in mind that accidents can and do occur. If you have a reaction, don't be shy about speaking up; the sooner you get help, the better you'll feel. Afterwards, review what went wrong and how you can avoid a similar situation in the future.

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