Food

Nutritous menu with options for vegetarians, picky eaters, or campers with special diets

Nutritious, buffet-style meals with lots of options

Campers and staff enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon and evening snacks as a community in our air-conditioned Dining Hall. Meals are served buffet-style, and campers sit with their friends. The always-nutritious menu offers balance and variety that includes vegetarian options at each meal. Campers start the day with a meal that could include pancakes or breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fruit and granola, cold cereal or yogurt. At lunch and dinner, campers make selections of a main entrée, a vegan or vegetarian entrée, side dishes, soup and the salad bar and dessert. Fresh fruit, beverages and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always available!

  • Air-conditioned dining hall for all meals
  • Organic garden that stocks the fresh salad bars
  • Nutritious menu with options for vegetarians, picky eaters and special diets

Campers husk corn from our organic garden

Fresh, organic produce

One of the best parts of being in the heart of the Garden State is the fantastic organic garden that flourishes right outside the Dining Hall each summer. Campers are often seen carrying bushels of fresh produce directly from the garden into the kitchen, and with each harvest, our chef incorporates fresh corn, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, green beans, snap peas, cucumbers, melons, and herbs into meals and salad bars.

Gluten-free menu available

Worried about your child being on a special-diet while away from home? Have you held back from a sleepaway camp experience because you just weren’t sure there would be enough options?

Now, in addition to vegetarian and vegan menu items, we are proud to offer a gluten-free menu. We call it gluten-friendly — you’ll call it a life-saver! 

Your child’s health is important to us, and to our meal preparation team. Chef Irene is now certified in gluten-free food preparation, and she’s got lots of creative meal plans to make sure camp meals are enjoyable. Your child will leave the stress and anxiety at home, and simply enjoy the meals that everyone else is eating.

Tasty rice pasta, a daily hot soup, healthy quinoa and gluten-free bread and cereal are  staples on the menu. Delicious chicken nuggets, wraps, bagels and so much more will make the dining experience fun. Gluten-free desserts will also be served, and your child can bring his or her own foods to supplement.

Allergic to dairy? Soymilk, tofu, beans, soy nut butter, fruit, granola, seeds and nuts all add up to a healthy diet for everyone. The bountiful fresh salad bar is presented every day and is allergy-friendly, with no nuts or cheese. One table is designated as peanut-free.

Sample dishes from Chef Irene’s kitchen:

  • Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew
  • Creole Veggies on Basmati Rice
  • Pepperonata on Polenta
  • Vegetable Quinoa
  • Eggplant Parmesan Stacks
  • Vegetarian Curry
  • Vegetarian Paella
  • Quinoa Pilaf with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts
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