How does food factor into showing kids the best one or two weeks of their lives? Well, quite a lot, actually!
At LLYC, we hold food service to the same standard as all other aspects of camp … excellence with a high calling. We believe good food and a great meal experience is integral to the ministry and program of camp. Its quality reflects the broader program as a whole.
During the months of September through May, a great deal of planning and forethought go into the food services for the following summer and for each camperʼs meal experience as a whole. The camp directors and food service director spend many hours together, evaluating and tweaking the entire food “experience,” including: safety, nutrition, taste/quality, and fun! It is our mission to ensure that meal time reflects the excellence, creativity, and spontaneity of LLYC.
In keeping with the importance placed on relationships at LLYC, meals are served “family style.” We see so many benefits to serving meals this way. Counselors serve as the “hosts” of each table, fostering the camper/counselor family dynamic. It also helps to alleviate any uncertainty or insecurity on the camper’s part about where to sit or who to sit with. At camp, we want to encourage a real sense of community, and meal time is the perfect time to do just that.
With allergy awareness and food sensitivities on the rise, parent communication remains crucial to meal planning. On opening day, our food service manager and kitchen manager are set up to conference with each camperʼs parent regarding any allergies or food sensitivities. Armed with this information, we inform and train our kitchen staff (Kitchen Managers, Cooks, Work Crew Bosses, and Work Crew) and we make camp-wide menu adjustments where needed.
If there is a severe nut allergy (airborn or other,) LLYC is set-up for a peanut/nut “lock-down.” All peanut/nut related items are removed from the kitchen, Sugar Shack, and cabins for the session. Care packages are searched, and all nut-items are removed prior to delivery. The camper’s safety and parents peace of mind is always our top priority.
This summer, we truly look forward to developing community around the table and enjoying fun, nutritious, wonderful meals together!