Camp Blue Spruce’s vision is that all children and families with food allergies have a sense of belonging, trust and community.
As the need for connection increases, Camp Blue Spruce is expanding opportunities for youth and teens living with food allergies and other related conditions to come together as a community. Our overnight camp gives kids a chance to build relationships, try new things, and learn more about themselves and their abilities. Our online programming brings this same camp magic to you throughout the year!
Camp Blue Spruce provides children with food allergies summer camp and year-round at-home camp experiences where they can be independent, confident, and care-free.
Camp Blue Spruce’s anchor program is an overnight camp experience for children with food allergies, celiac disease and other dietary restrictions.
Blue Spruce on the Loose
Experience camp magic virtually from your bedroom, living room, or back porch fort! From afar we can connect with each other and have fun through meeting old friends and making new ones, enjoying classic camp activities, and singing favorite camp songs.
Home Base Hangouts
Home Base Hangouts are a virtual space to find each other throughout our busy lives. Come to chat, play games or just to quietly be with friends. Drop in when you can.
It’s a big world out there, and living with food allergies or celiac disease can be tricky! Allergy Pals USA is an online mentorship program that supports kids and teens with food allergies and other dietary restrictions as they navigate their daily lives.
Allergy Pals USA
Through our upbeat, weekly Zoom meetings, you’ll make new friends from across the country, play fun games, and learn new skills with others who “get it.” Each one-hour session is led by experienced mentors who guide participants along their eight-week journey to more confidence, more fun, and more friends!
Teen Book Club
Are you looking for a team of teens to chat with and relate to about everyday life? Not only will you enjoy a great read in the Teen Book Club, but you’ll find great company and meaningful conversation each week we meet.
Share an exciting adventure through the ins and outs of cooking delicious food, free from the top nine food allergens. Build confidence and independence in the kitchen with Camp Blue Spruce, right from the comfort of your own home!
Cooking with Camp Blue Spruce
Participants join virtually, cook along with the chefs, and create delicious meals at home. Each class includes a recipe and supply list, an hour of instruction and cooking demonstration, as well as time afterward to ask your questions about substitutions, techniques, and tips.
Food-Free Fun puts on food-free social events for children managing food allergies or restrictions. Our safe, inclusive social events are where they and their families can find personal connections and support.
We plan and put on food-free social events in the Portland/Vancouver metro area, so kids and teens who manage food allergies or restrictions can fully and safely participate in activities, especially those that usually center around food.
Check out our recommended book list to purchase titles for your family, or if you are local to the Portland/Vancouver metro area, you can borrow titles from our lending library.
Read our latest Newsletter
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BLUE SPRUCE ON THE LOOSE
Have the password ready and visit our campers page for Blue Spruce on the Loose.
TASTES LIKE FREEDOM
Tastes Like Freedom, a documentary film, is the remarkable story of Camp Blue Spruce and its campers. This intimate portrayal reveals the social and emotional challenges of living with food allergies and the freedom these kids experience at camp.
Written and directed by Eric Stachon of Leftcoast Media, produced by Tara Johnson-Medinger and edited by Emily von W. Gilbert.