One area of camp that I believe gets very little attention, yet plays a critical role in a child’s happiness, is the food service. With all of the amazing activities that we have at Camp Takajo, the dining hall is the only facility that the campers frequent three times a day.
When a child is away from home, it is so important that he likes the food, maintains proper nutrition, and a balanced diet so that he stays healthy and energetic. Each morning, our boys go to breakfast and are greeted by an elaborate fruit and yogurt bar. At every meal, they are given the choice of homemade yogurt, strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe, just to name a few items. We offer hot cereal, granola, and a wide variety of cold cereals to appeal to a vast array of palates. The hot entrée could be french toast, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, or my favorite, the chef’s egg sandwiches made on toast or croissants. Our boys love the hot chocolate machine and always leave the breakfast meal fueled and ready to start the day.
Our lunch meal could be favorites such as chicken fingers and fries, pizza, grilled cheese, and we always have an extensive salad bar and deli as an alternative. Our dinner meal might be chicken fajitas, steaks, or turkey, but there is always pasta for those looking for comfort food. And if that’s not enough, our growing boys have the opportunity to visit our Snack Shack for a midday “pick-me-up.” It’s open at 11 AM, 4 PM, and every evening before bedtime.
At camp, we take nothing for granted and recognize that when a child is well-fed and rested, he has a greater chance of remaining healthy and taking advantage of all that Camp Takajo has to offer.