By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager
Girl Scout Sabrina DeVos was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2002, when she was just five years old. She enjoyed her first gluten free camp experience when she was eight at a camp in Rhode Island, about eight hours away from her home. She has been attending that camp every year since then.
“I love the experience so much that I thought it would be amazing to have other kids with celiac experience this too in this area,” DeVos said.
So when it came to choose what she wanted to do to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, the choice was obvious.
“As a Girl Scout, I’ve gained leadership and organizational skills and feel I now have the tools to organize this great experience!”
DeVos is holding a Celiac Camp from August 1-3 at Camp Comstock, North of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake. Girls and boys ages 8-15 who suffer from Celiac disease are invited to attend.
“The weekend is a stress free weekend, where every kid can enjoy all the food being gluten free,” she said. “This is a chance for them to not feel different, and talk about experiences, favorite foods, and make new friends.”
Sixty girls and boys will be accepted to the camp. To apply, click here. You will be contacted if you are accepted.
DeVos hopes to make this an annual camp and to extend it to a week-long camp in coming years.
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