A significant number of campers suffer from heightened sensitivity to solvents and petroleum products including perfume and fragrance. These chemicals can act not only as respiratory irritants, but also as cardiac stimulants (skyrocketing blood pressure, palpitations) and neurotoxins (symptoms include tremors, mental confusion, equilibrium loss, blurred vision). Exposure to products containing even small amounts of these chemicals can cause these symptoms. Please understand that this is not a preference issue - it is a serious health issue. Chemical sensitivity results from continued exposure to solvents and products in doses thought to be safe: this could happen to any one of us.

Because the dining hall, dance hall, dorms and lodge are enclosed spaces, even small amounts of fragrance or scented or toxic products on a few people can add up quickly to intolerable amounts. Our fellow dancers with chemical sensitivities can attend camp only if we all work together to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in the camp environment. We will provide the bathrooms, shower and hand wash stations with fragrance-free soap and there will be fragrance-free shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion for camper use.

We ask - and that's "ask", not require - that you please:

Please consider bringing other fragrance-free personal products to use at camp. This will really make a difference. Here's a short sampling:

We ask everybody's patience, understanding, and consideration. If somebody's wearing something you have a problem with, come see the camp managers rather than hassling that person. If somebody's hassling you, come see the camp managers. If you're wearing something that you've been told is a problem for particular other people, please dance in different lines from them; if somebody else is wearing something that's a problem for you, please try to avoid them (but let the managers know, so we can advise the person to try to avoid you).

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