Welcome to next installment in our series we are calling New Camper Series. These blogs will focus on New Campers and help prepare everyone for this summer. This blog will focus on eating and meal times here at Camp Foley.
Lets start with the basics… Campers will eat three, balanced meals every day. We serve a specific meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner but often offer options such as fruit, hot cereal and leftovers and salad options.
We ask that special dietary needs, including allergies or other concerns, are listed on the Camper Health Form. For special dietary needs, please speak directly with Marie Schmid, our Executive Director, prior to camp. You can email her at email@example.com. And as a note, we deal with peanut allergies every summer but are not a peanut-free facility.
Now that the basic info is out of the way, the real question… How will we be eating at camp?
We know food is important to our campers and eating will take an exciting twist in 2021! Camp Foley will hosting most of our meals OUTSIDE. As a camp, we have a long tradition of eating certain meals outside, and this is not as big a change as some might think. We are planning to be creative with outside eating areas and special cabin only meals. The favorite camp meals will be back this summer, along with some new ones. Because we have another week in our session, campers will get some never before had meals and a repeat of some favorites.
We will be eating many of our meals outside this summer to help keep our entire camp population as safe as possible. Campers will be eating in cabin groups, which act much like that campers “family” for
the summer. Cabins will be spread out around the center of camp, including on benches, much like we
have in past summers. They will get to spread out on picnic tables placed around the Dining Hall, and sit around our brand-new folding tables that will be set up around Foley Green. Our goal is for all campers to feel like they can spread out and get comfortable while they eat their meals.
At each cabin meal spot we will have everything a camper will need to enjoy his or her meal. This will include all utensils, napkins, and cold food like veggies or chips already at each cabins eating area. Campers will be called up in cabin groups to go into our Dining Hall where they will be served the rest of the meal by our kitchen staff.
Cabin groups will be seen sitting in their Crazy Creek chairs on the ground around low tables, at picnic tables or on the benches in front of the dining hall. There will be picnic lunches on the pontoon, a box breakfast allowing more sleep time, and more.
We continue to stay in communication with The Minnesota Department of Health and are keeping a close eye the CDC to make sure our food service plan is as compliant as possible this summer. If you have any other questions about our 2021 food service plans, please do not hesitate to reach out.