Hey Mom… What Happens When I’m Hungry at Sleep-Away Camp this Summer?

by Martha Lerman on February 22, 2024

Not to worry, son, you are going to Camp Caribou! They will take good care of you.

“All children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow and to pursue their dreams because, in the end, nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our children.”—Michelle Obama

Camp Caribou is a family-run business. A family feeling permeates through our entire summer camp. Lots of time and energy is spent thoughtfully planning your summer. This includes scheduling all sports and recreational activities, wilderness trips, and the all-important planning of the Camp Caribou menu.

We take pride in ensuring that our menu choices match the nutritional needs of our very special camp family. Our summer family includes campers ages 7 to 15 and staff members aged 18 and up. Some of us… way up! Every meal is carefully planned. Our experienced kitchen staff and Camp Directors ensure that each meal is nutritious, inviting, and enjoyable. We always keep our picky eaters in mind and have items we know they like on the salad bars and serving counters. This is what family does for each other.

Our summer camp has been peanut, tree nut, and sesame-free for many years, making it a safe place for everyone to eat. Camp Caribou also has a “Special Diets” chef on staff, trained in food allergies and intolerances. We have dedicated space in our camp kitchen to cook and bake for our Gluten Free and Dairy Free campers and counselors. Their meals mirror what we serve the rest of the camp, not to make anyone feel left out. Our chef also prepares delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals for anyone interested in a more plant-based diet. In addition to mealtimes at camp, we also have snack times built into our program. Fresh Fruit bowls, grab-and-go treats, water, and healthy drinks are available throughout the day. We also provide yummy evening snacks in the picnic grove following the evening program or on the bunk line for everyone.

This summer, our Head Chef, Sous Chefs, and Kitchen staff look forward to preparing meals for our summer camp family in our brand-new camp kitchen! We have been working on this project all year and cannot wait for you to see and enjoy the food prepared in our new, beautifully enlarged space!