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What is the food like at Camp?

What is the food like at Camp?

Author -  Rebecca Spijkerman

What's the Food Like at Camp America?

Meal times are exciting and incredibly loud and as much as you tell the kids they can’t yell across the dining room they will do their best to test the limits and to do just that. I enjoyed meal times at camp it was a great opportunity to talk and get to know the kids. 

Rebecca.pngAt my camp meal times are served in a family style and you sit in your cabin group girls on the right side of the hall and boys on the left. Meal times happen at the same time every day and are look forward to by everyone. Our meals changed from to day to day and had a variety of things to choose from. Because my camp was a Jewish based camp our food was designed to meet the kosher meal requirements of the children. We were not served pork or shell fish during camp and meat was never served at the same time as milk and dairy products.

At breakfast we would eat things like pancakes, briskets (which were basically little hard scones) waffles, raspberries, peaches and all kinds of cereal. The cereal selection was incredible there was this one cereal called fruit loops which would have kids bouncing off walls and falling asleep at activities before lunch time. 

Councillors had coffee and hot chocolate and lots of it, and occasionally we would let our campers have hot chocolate as a reward for having the cleanest bunk. The order for eating was decided by the head councillors they would reward the cleanest bunk by letting them go first, followed by the next cleanest bunk and so on. My seven year olds got tired of cleaning and decided they would rather play than clean - they said “Becky you have always told us that we will get fed regardless so from now on we will play instead of clean” This meant extra work for myself and my co-councillors. My little campers were in fact too smart for their own good - but their cuteness was their saving grace.

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For lunch we would be served things like chicken wraps, tomato soup, cheese toasties, noodle soup, pizza, tuna spread and an all you can eat salad bar. I’m sure there was more but I can’t really remember what else we had. Once a week we would be lucky enough to get ice-cream providing our meal was meat free. One Lunch time we had a huge problem when the oldest boy cabins started chanting nachos is not a food, nachos is a snack. Safe to say they were not satisfied with the nachos, sour cream, salsa, cheese and guacamole. (They weren’t served that meal again during first session) haha I actually enjoyed this meal.

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By the time dinner came around you would be ready for any meal throwing your way. For dinner we would often have our taste buds tested by new kosher meals. I am a big steak eater and unfortunately the meat isn’t quite the same over. For dinner we would have things like chicken stir-fry, kosher approved hot dogs and burgers, spaghetti and garlic bread. Our food was practical it got our tummies full and ready for our next lots of activities. Not often did our food leave you wanting seconds but on the days when it did you would find the oldest boy cabin + their councillors lining up in the girls line to eat the rest of our food. Often we would visit restaurants and fast food places on our nights off and always made sure we got a good meal on our days off. 

We weren't allowed to have food in the cabins because of the bugs which was understandable. This one time one of our younger campers had a secret stash of candy under her bed and during a huge clean up we found a mountain of ants under the bed. Ewwwwww

Over all our food was pretty good and we got a juice box and crackers or fruit before bed. Some camps give coke and sugary sweets the kids before bed…. Trust me that’s the last thing they need!

Read on for a few more food reviews from past participants some of them had incredible food!

Jesse Voice At my camp because it was a Jewish camp we ate kosher style meals meaning that meat and dairy couldn't be mixed so meals were either meat or dairy free, and no pork or shellfish at all. Most common meals were cheese pizza, fried chicken wings and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! I liked the Shabbat meal which was fried chicken, challah, chicken soup and broccoli. Pizza was good and the sliders we had a few times were an awesome treat but it was pretty average overall! Very bland and kid friendly. Not bad but not great, just what you'd expect from a camp

Claire Rawnsley My camp had AMAZING food - like the best food ever. I was actually surprised. We got big meals all the time and for lunch and dinner we got a dessert with our meals and there was a salad bar and everything. It was delicious - I actually miss it!

Giverny Mae Baxter Our camp had like a food roster so a couple weeks in we basically could predict what we were gunna get. First meal after kids arrived on Sunday night was pasta penne with red sauce, meatballs and breadsticks. We had things like grilled cheese and soup, hamburgers, macaroni cheese, some kind of meat and vege, pasta, and there was always salad and lots of fruit for us and kids to go up and choose from.

Then a cupcake, cheesecake, cookie or "pudding" for dessert. We also had themed days like 'Christmas in July', 'Harry Potter Day', 'Pirate day' etc so on those nights the food was themed accordingly and the dining hall set up to accommodate. We had a pork roast for Xmas, a very English meal w/ potatoes etc for potter and pirate day out tables were thrown round the room with bangers and mash slapped on the plates, root beer rolling over the table and barely any cutlery.

The best nights! Our food was generally very good and balanced. It was always a good time at meal time! (P.s breakfast was always something cooked like bacon and eggs, sausages or pancake/waffles then a choice of salad yoghurt and cereal - and lots and lots of coffee for us counsellors!!)

Ashley Robb My camp had awesome food! Except that I can't eat wheat, so I lived off gluten free bread, rice pasta, and chicken breasts and fruit for three months. Plus dessert which we had at every meal lol That's literally pretty much all I ate haha.

Camp menu had all sorts of bready type things for biscuits and scones, sausages, cereal etc, lunch could be like sandwiches, philly cheese steaks, tacos, wraps, cornbread etc, dinner would be fried chicken, pizza, meatballs, burgers, tortellini, lasagna. Basically there was one or two mains on your table and then a bunch of side tables that had other options and fruit and salad etc

Daniel Kennedy Very Mexican orientated as our chef was Mexican. It was always delicious though!

Tori Johanna Prendergast our camp food was pretty average, really basic, low budget meal sometimes you got good meal and some time you got apple sauce (which the kids ate it by it self)

What is the food like at Camp?

Meal times are exciting and incredibly loud and as much as you tell the kids they can’t yell across the dining room they will do their best to test the limits and to do just that. I enjoyed meal times at camp it was a great opportunity to talk and get to know the kids.

What's the Food Like at Camp America?

Meal times are exciting and incredibly loud and as much as you tell the kids they can’t yell across the dining room they will do their best to test the limits and to do just that. I enjoyed meal times at camp it was a great opportunity to talk and get to know the kids. 

Rebecca.pngAt my camp meal times are served in a family style and you sit in your cabin group girls on the right side of the hall and boys on the left. Meal times happen at the same time every day and are look forward to by everyone. Our meals changed from to day to day and had a variety of things to choose from. Because my camp was a Jewish based camp our food was designed to meet the kosher meal requirements of the children. We were not served pork or shell fish during camp and meat was never served at the same time as milk and dairy products.

At breakfast we would eat things like pancakes, briskets (which were basically little hard scones) waffles, raspberries, peaches and all kinds of cereal. The cereal selection was incredible there was this one cereal called fruit loops which would have kids bouncing off walls and falling asleep at activities before lunch time. 

Councillors had coffee and hot chocolate and lots of it, and occasionally we would let our campers have hot chocolate as a reward for having the cleanest bunk. The order for eating was decided by the head councillors they would reward the cleanest bunk by letting them go first, followed by the next cleanest bunk and so on. My seven year olds got tired of cleaning and decided they would rather play than clean - they said “Becky you have always told us that we will get fed regardless so from now on we will play instead of clean” This meant extra work for myself and my co-councillors. My little campers were in fact too smart for their own good - but their cuteness was their saving grace.

CANZ-Instagram-armband.png

For lunch we would be served things like chicken wraps, tomato soup, cheese toasties, noodle soup, pizza, tuna spread and an all you can eat salad bar. I’m sure there was more but I can’t really remember what else we had. Once a week we would be lucky enough to get ice-cream providing our meal was meat free. One Lunch time we had a huge problem when the oldest boy cabins started chanting nachos is not a food, nachos is a snack. Safe to say they were not satisfied with the nachos, sour cream, salsa, cheese and guacamole. (They weren’t served that meal again during first session) haha I actually enjoyed this meal.

CANZ-Instagram-crazy-stuff-03.png

By the time dinner came around you would be ready for any meal throwing your way. For dinner we would often have our taste buds tested by new kosher meals. I am a big steak eater and unfortunately the meat isn’t quite the same over. For dinner we would have things like chicken stir-fry, kosher approved hot dogs and burgers, spaghetti and garlic bread. Our food was practical it got our tummies full and ready for our next lots of activities. Not often did our food leave you wanting seconds but on the days when it did you would find the oldest boy cabin + their councillors lining up in the girls line to eat the rest of our food. Often we would visit restaurants and fast food places on our nights off and always made sure we got a good meal on our days off. 

We weren't allowed to have food in the cabins because of the bugs which was understandable. This one time one of our younger campers had a secret stash of candy under her bed and during a huge clean up we found a mountain of ants under the bed. Ewwwwww

Over all our food was pretty good and we got a juice box and crackers or fruit before bed. Some camps give coke and sugary sweets the kids before bed…. Trust me that’s the last thing they need!

Read on for a few more food reviews from past participants some of them had incredible food!

Jesse Voice At my camp because it was a Jewish camp we ate kosher style meals meaning that meat and dairy couldn't be mixed so meals were either meat or dairy free, and no pork or shellfish at all. Most common meals were cheese pizza, fried chicken wings and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! I liked the Shabbat meal which was fried chicken, challah, chicken soup and broccoli. Pizza was good and the sliders we had a few times were an awesome treat but it was pretty average overall! Very bland and kid friendly. Not bad but not great, just what you'd expect from a camp

Claire Rawnsley My camp had AMAZING food - like the best food ever. I was actually surprised. We got big meals all the time and for lunch and dinner we got a dessert with our meals and there was a salad bar and everything. It was delicious - I actually miss it!

Giverny Mae Baxter Our camp had like a food roster so a couple weeks in we basically could predict what we were gunna get. First meal after kids arrived on Sunday night was pasta penne with red sauce, meatballs and breadsticks. We had things like grilled cheese and soup, hamburgers, macaroni cheese, some kind of meat and vege, pasta, and there was always salad and lots of fruit for us and kids to go up and choose from.

Then a cupcake, cheesecake, cookie or "pudding" for dessert. We also had themed days like 'Christmas in July', 'Harry Potter Day', 'Pirate day' etc so on those nights the food was themed accordingly and the dining hall set up to accommodate. We had a pork roast for Xmas, a very English meal w/ potatoes etc for potter and pirate day out tables were thrown round the room with bangers and mash slapped on the plates, root beer rolling over the table and barely any cutlery.

The best nights! Our food was generally very good and balanced. It was always a good time at meal time! (P.s breakfast was always something cooked like bacon and eggs, sausages or pancake/waffles then a choice of salad yoghurt and cereal - and lots and lots of coffee for us counsellors!!)

Ashley Robb My camp had awesome food! Except that I can't eat wheat, so I lived off gluten free bread, rice pasta, and chicken breasts and fruit for three months. Plus dessert which we had at every meal lol That's literally pretty much all I ate haha.

Camp menu had all sorts of bready type things for biscuits and scones, sausages, cereal etc, lunch could be like sandwiches, philly cheese steaks, tacos, wraps, cornbread etc, dinner would be fried chicken, pizza, meatballs, burgers, tortellini, lasagna. Basically there was one or two mains on your table and then a bunch of side tables that had other options and fruit and salad etc

Daniel Kennedy Very Mexican orientated as our chef was Mexican. It was always delicious though!

Tori Johanna Prendergast our camp food was pretty average, really basic, low budget meal sometimes you got good meal and some time you got apple sauce (which the kids ate it by it self)

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