Participant Requirements

FOOD ALLERGIES:  Chef Camp is committed to providing a safe experience for all participants. Due to the nature of the culinary program, where participants will be handling, preparing, consuming and have exposure to a wide variety of foods and potential allergens (including in field-trip settings to restaurants etc. where camp staff have no control over potential for exposure)  we are unable to accommodate individuals who have severe or life threatening food allergies. Allergens present at Chef Camp may include, but are not limited to, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, fish & shellfish.


ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Chef Camp strives to provide a positive camp experience for participants with various needs whenever possible. However, safe participation in program activities, field trips, and the small-group living environment away from home requires certain physical, mental, social, and emotional abilities, and we are therefore limited in the types of accommodations we are able to provide. It is our desire to partner with parents and work together to determine IF Chef Camp will be a positive experience and is suitable for your child prior to their enrollment. As each child’s ability to participate is unique, decisions to accept a participant are made on an case-by-case individual basis.  As such, we request that parents contact the camp prior to enrolling your child.

PHYSICAL HEALTH: All medical conditions must be under control prior to attending camp. Additionally, due to the specific nature of the activities, including swimming, Chef Camp is not suitable for those with epilepsy, seizure, or similar, disorders. Participants must be in good physical health, including being able to participate outdoors in the heat of summer. On-site staff have training in first aid emergency care, and the camp has access to medical professionals in consult for health matters. However, the program does NOT maintain full-time medical staff, such as a physician or nurse, on site 24/7. As such, we are unable to accommodate participants who require on-going daily medical attention/support. Please contact the camp prior to enrolling your child to discuss their specific needs.

COGNITIVE ABILITY: Participants must have the cognitive ability to follow multi-step directions and participate safely in cooking and recreational activities without assistance. This includes, but is not limited to, use of knives and other implements, as well as safe use of stove/ovens hot pots/pans/food items, etc. Participants must be able to respond to directions given in and emergency situation and assist in their own evacuation if necessary. Participants must demonstrate ability to understand, participate in, and follow all safety rules.

MENTAL, EMOTIONAL & SOCIAL HEALTH: Participants must be in good mental, emotional ans social health and be able to function in a group setting in a positive way, with a cooperative manner that displays tolerance and respect for self and others. Participants must be able to interact responsibly in a group and work together as part of a team. Teens should have the emotional maturity to handle the sleep-away-from-home aspects of the camp program, including living independently in a group setting, and taking care of ones personal needs.

For safety, teens must be able and willing to follow all instructions and able to refrain from behaviors that pose a risk to self or others. Teens are expected to contribute to a safe learning environment, using respectful language and appropriate physical behavior. Chef Camp is a structured program, and participants are required to stay with the group at all times. Teens who exhibit behaviors which warrant removal from group activities and/or are unable to stay with their group/class due to emotional, social, or other issues should not attend.

For teens currently in the care of a mental health professional: we strongly encourage parents to consult with your care professional(s) prior to enrolling your child to attend camp. 

Chef Camp is not a rehabilitative or therapeutic program, and does not specialize in serving those with special needs, including mental, emotional, social, or behavioral difficulties. 

ACCESSIBILITY: The camp rents a private residential home for the program. Housing is not wheelchair accessible and may not otherwise be suitable for individuals with mobility or other challenges. Recreational activity areas, beach areas, and/or field trip locations may not be accessible or otherwise suitable for those with mobility or other challenges. Again, it is our desire to try to accommodate participants to the best of our ability. As each child’s ability to participate is unique, decisions to accept a camper are made on an individual basis. Please contact the camp prior to enrolling your child.

Failure to provide accurate information regarding participant’s allergies, disabilities or conditions prior to enrolling/attending may result in camper being sent home with no refund of fees.