Food, Glorious Food
Campers love our food!!! Seating at our family-style meals varies, with campers sitting by cabins or by choice at meals. Most meals are eaten inside Kenly Hall, where campers talk with their friends, sing camp songs or reflect on 80 years of Quinebarge history, told by the numerous cabin plaques, dating back to our first year, that hang on the walls. At last count, there were close to 800! Our talented kitchen staff provide nutritionist-approved meals, with enough options for even the most delicate palates. On Wednesdays, we take dinner outside for an all camp cook out cooked by Eric and Arnie. Throughout the day, we have fresh fruit and sunflower butter and jelly available for our campers who need a snack between meals, and we provide water bottles and fountains to keep everyone hydrated.
On any given morning, campers can expect a balanced breakfast with pancakes, waffles, or french toast, bacon or sausage, eggs, or the occasional treat of coffee cake! Milk and juice are always available, along with cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
After an active morning, we serve a satisfying, energizing lunch to fuel campers for all-day fun. You might see chicken, fish, or deli-style sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, or more! Rainy days might bring a warming meal of grilled cheese with tomato soup. We also put out sunflower butter and jelly, our salad bar, fresh fruit, and plenty of healthy sides every day.
Campers going on trips are sent out with bagged lunches including sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips, and juice.
Dinner consists of of kid-friendly, nutritious meals. For the main course, your camper will love favorites like Taco Tuesdays, Cookout Wednesdays, spaghetti and meatballs, BBQ chicken, International Night, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, or comfort food such as meatloaf or chicken soup. We always serve vegetables, salad, bread, milk and other goodies and have additional options for picky eaters. Campers are free to chose the available dishes they’d like, and everyone eats at least one serving of vegetables each night at dinner.
Sundays are a relaxed day at Quinebarge, and we take the extra time to make meals special. Campers may sleep late and then go into the kitchen to order ‘off menu’. Eggs any style, chocolate chip pancakes, you name it and their food is made to order, along with the favorites of bacon, sausage, cereal, toast, oatmeal, milk, juice and fruit. Breakfast is from 8:00-9:15AM, and campers can show up at any time, giving them plenty of time to sleep in and still have a nice, relaxed meal with friends.
Lunch is a traditional hot dog roast over a camp fire. The boys and girls areas each make their own camp fires and cook their food. (ever want a good laugh, watch how boys and girls make fires differently). We provide fruits and veggies, chips, juice, and cookies, and everyone has a blast. It’s common to hear the tunes of camp songs drifting through the trees as the meals wrap up.
Sunday dinner at Quinebarge is always very special, with a pot roast or turkey and all the fixings – stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and lots of veggies, plus our usual salad bar.
We are able to provide for a number of dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. When possible, we create variations on the main meal – pizza on gluten free crust, spaghetti with veggie meatballs, or sandwiches without cheese. Whether our specialty meals correspond to the main offering or not, we always make sure that there is a healthy and delicious option for all. We are also nut-free and offer sunflower butter instead of the traditional peanut butter.
If your child has dietary restrictions other than those listed, or food allergies of any kind, please contact the Camp Director to discuss your camper’s specific needs.