Food Safety


Our camp is free of the foods that cause more than 90% of allergic reactions, including dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, gluten and sesame.
The food at Camp Blue Spruce is delicious, healthy, and allergen-free. Favorite meals include a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner, taco night, and a BBQ. The desserts – decorate your own cupcakes, apple crisp, and anything with the fabulous allergy-friendly whipping cream – are always a hit.

How can you ensure that the food is safe?
The safety of the children is our number one priority. None of the food served at Camp Blue Spruce will contain any of the top allergens: dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, gluten or sesame. We have a certified nutritionist and skilled kitchen staff who prepare healthy, delicious meals that do not include any of these common allergens.

Our cooks prepare most of the food from scratch, using fresh ingredients. All the manufactured products at Camp Blue Spruce are carefully vetted and mostly come from allergen-aware companies. Snacks from home are not allowed in the cabins, including the staff quarters.

Before camp begins, a dedicated cleaning crew of allergy-aware people scrubs the kitchen and dining facilities, sanitizes pots, pans, dishes and utensils and ensures the kitchen is ready for our kids. Camp Blue Spruce brings a lot of our own kitchen equipment, including cutting boards, knives, mixers, and Cuisinarts to ensure that everything is safe.

Each menu and its ingredients are written on a white board so the campers know what they are eating at each meal.

Emergency Protocols and Medical Care
Camp Tapawingo has an excellent medical facility and a close relationship with the emergency responders in the area. Responders will be alerted to the presence of children with food allergies at the camp.

Every effort is made to keep campers free from illness or accident. In the event of injury or illness, a professional team of medical staff is on hand – 24 hours/day throughout the camp session. First responders can be at the camp in ten minutes, and the camp is just 30 minutes from the nearest hospital. Our Medical Advisory Team has developed our medical protocols, and camp staff is thoroughly trained in identifying allergic reactions and treating them. Our Medical Advisory Team includes top allergists from around the state:

Medical Advisory Team
Sarah Kehl, MD, Oak Street Medical, Eugene, OR
Sanjeev Jain, MD, PhD, Columbia Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR
Barzin Khalili, The Allergy Clinic, Portland, OR
Kevin Parks, MD, Allergy & Asthma Center of Southern Oregon, Medford, OR
Roland Solensky, MD, The Corvallis Clinic, Corvallis, OR
Adam Williams, MD, Bend Main Eastside Clinic, Bend, OR

Counselors hold Red Cross certifications in First Aid and work closely with the medical team to understand the needs of each child.