Allergy-safe camp cancelled

Lack of registrants and on-site ambulance forced duo to cancel retreat

A unique camp that would be safe for children with allergies has been cancelled, much to the disappointment of two South Surrey moms.

Marnie Miller and Shelly Lynn Nellis had spearheaded a campaign to have a camp safe and inclusive for children with allergies, after finding there was no option for their own – both of which have serious, life-threatening allergies.

But despite a last-minute push to spread the word about the summer sleep-away retreat at Stave Lake’s Zajac Ranch, a lack of registration and medical requirements forced the women to cancel.

“We could not get an ambulance to stay on site at all times, (and) the camp was too far from a hospital to not have one there,” Nellis said.

The camp would have been a rare opportunity for Miller’s son, Luke, to enjoy an overnight trip without having to worry about a serious allergy attack.

“We’re very disappointed and Luke is devastated and wonders if he’ll ever get a chance to do something like this,” Miller said, noting she still holds out hope that some day, the camp will happen.