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untilGluten Free Family Camp at Gilmont Camp & Conference Center! April 12-14, 2019 We are a 400 acre Certified Gluten Free Camp (Est. 1940) in Gorgeous East Texas- and would love to have you or your group join us for our Gluten Free Family camp. I am happy to share info with you! I recently found out I am gluten sensitive and am about to undergo testing for Celiac Disease. I am excited about networking with other people!
Celiac.com 08/06/2013 - I recently went camping with a good friend of mine and her boyfriend. This was a last minute trip that I knew I was kind of going solo. I have never been camping without a partner or at least a tent mate. So this was the first time I only had to think of me. How cool is that?! I start every out of town adventures the same way—I make a trip calendar to plan out my clothes, meals and supplies (If I could only show you guys all the lists I make!). I find that when I'm camping there is a level of community in the supplies and food department. I forgot forks, no worries buddy I brought extra. Try this, I made it myself or I brought too many hot dogs, eat them. This can be dangerous for a celiac. No one wants to be the guy that has to read everything in sight before they touch it. Or maybe you do, that's cool too—be yourself. I have always subscribed to the theory that if I don't know what it is or what's in it, I simply say "no thank you," even if it kills me to say no, and makes me think about how yummy that thing could have been. The day before I went camping I took my list and headed to the grocery store. When I got home and packed I was pretty happy with my haul. I know that I have a lot—more than enough to feed myself for the trip, including snacks. I am self-sufficient…as long as they have some sanitizer and some biodegradable soap for dishes. But I had everything else I needed...I hoped. To my delight and surprise my lovely friend and her lovely boyfriend had over-packed in the food department with stuff that happened to be gluten-free. I know that some things she would have packed with me in mind (thank you Lindsay!), but other things were as much a surprise to her as they were to me. Between the both of us we all ate like kings that weekend! It is a bit difficult to write about gluten-free trials and tribulations when everything works out. Where there is no worry about cross-contamination or drunken mix-ups. I was the only person to bring out "bread." I found some hotdog buns that looked promising. They got toasted over the fire in a wire basket thing and were so good! There are, of course, some things to look out for when you are camping. Be aware of a stove top or grill if you have things like that at the site. You never know what someone else cooked on that, even if it's just meat it may have been seasoned with things that contain gluten. Also, don't mix up your hotdog stick with someone else, unless everyone also has gluten-free dogs. Don't borrow shampoo or face wash. There are so many things that can have gluten in them! I definitely learned some stuff about myself on this trip. I learned that I am lucky enough to have surrounded myself with good caring, thoughtful people. I love camping and I never knew how easy celiac disease would eventually become for me. Did I mention that I am also terrified of spiders!
Celiac.com 05/20/2010 - The weather is getting warm and it's almost that time again-time to go camping! Camping is supposed to be relaxing and fun. Most people camp to escape the monotony of the daily rut, and to get back to the basics. Eating gluten-free while camping is really easy, once you know what to bring and what to avoid. Camping trips usually consist of the same easy to prepare foods. Chili, pasta, canned soups, hot chocolate, sandwiches, hot cereal, trail mix and s'mores are the high-lights of most camping meals. All of those things can easily be prepared gluten-free. In fact, many gluten-free already prepared foods can be used for camping trips. Anything canned or boxed that you normally enjoy at home, can typically be converted to camping food. It is important to eat the perishable foods first. A camping trip lasting for more than one night can render perishable foods inedible. That's why it's important to eat refrigerated food on the first day or two, and save the shelf-stable food for the remainder of the trip. Store perishables in a cooler with plenty of ice and/or cold packs. To grill gluten-free food, avoid gluten contamination by using a grill from home. Using the grill provided at the camping site is possible, but using aluminum foil or a pan as a buffer will keep food away from gluten contamination. There are even special racks with ridges that can be placed on the the grill and will keep food from touching the grill. Two Day Sample Meal Plan (everything should be gluten-free): Day 1- Breakfast- Pancakes with fresh berries and real maple syrup Snack- Energy Bars Lunch- Sandwiches with gluten-free bread Snack- Carrots & celery sticks Dinner- Instant mashed potatoes, instant gravy, grilled meat and/or veggies. Dessert- S'mores (see recipe below) Day 2- Breakfast- Hot cereal with fresh berries or raisins Snack- Trail mix Lunch- Sandwiches Snack- Jerky Dinner- Chili, hot dogs, buns, canned vegetables Dessert- hot chocolate Make sure to buy all gluten-free products. Don't forget the gluten-free sunscreen and the gluten-free insect repellent. Gluten-Free S'mores Recipe Ingredients Gluten-free marshmallows Gluten-free graham crackers Gluten-free chocolate bars To Make 1. Put your marshmallow on a fire safe skewer. Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt. 2. Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the chocolate to melt and the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating. 3. Add strawberries or other gluten-free favorites.Happy Trails!