The Camp Buckskin dining hall with its cedar paneling and massive beamed, vaulted ceiling provides a wonderful view of the lake. It provides plenty of space for everyone to enjoy both the food and the social experience at mealtime. We serve nutritious food that is properly prepared and dietetically sound at each of the three daily meals. Virtually all food is made from scratch — including fresh baked rolls at lunch and dinner — as we seek to avoid the additives in processed foods.
Meals are served family style with an emphasis on table manners, appropriate table conversation, trying new foods, and general dining etiquette. The campers sit with the same table companions and staff throughout the session. This consistency is reassuring for our campers as they don’t have to be concerned about “Who will I sit with” in the dining hall. This structure also provides opportunities to make new friendships, and improve social skills, as they usually sit with campers from outside their cabin group. The concepts of healthy eating habits, weight maintenance/loss/gain, and nutrition are also stressed; as physical health and appearance often have a significant affect on self concept and social interactions.
We believe its best to serve healthy food to keep our busy campers and staff properly energized. While burgers, fries and pizza are popular in our society we don’t have them at camp. Breakfasts include meals like French toast, scrambled eggs, hot and cold cereal, and pancakes with sausage. Lunches are often things like grilled cheese sandwiches, chili, macaroni and cheese, and various soups. Dinners include meals like spaghetti, roasts, hot dishes, and stew. Dessert is served after lunch and dinner. These end of meal treats include homemade cookies, brownies, lots of fresh fruits, cake, and rice crispy bars. Every Saturday night we have a cookout and on Sunday evenings we have ice cream. In addition to the three regular meals our campers also get a snack at canteen each day. Fruit, candy, or a popsicle provides a welcome treat every afternoon at 2:00 pm.