Camp food is the fuel that sustains campers and staff throughout their action-packed days at camp. It is of the utmost importance that every camper is able to eat and enjoy enough food at every meal, while getting the vital components of a healthy meal.
Camp Echo is committed to the National YMCA’s Activate America initiative. All of the diverse facets of camp, particularly our nutritional offerings, positively impact the health of the children we serve. Our kitchen serves delicious meals, using low fat, low salt, and high fiber ingredients. We meet or exceed Michigan nutritional standards and provide the important energy our campers need to take part in the activities and exercise we offer.
Camp Echo’s Dining Hall
Every day, three times a day, campers and staff enjoy a family style meal in our great Dining Hall, featuring an interior dining area and two large decks that can seat over 400 individuals. Campers eat all of their meals with their cabin or program, serving themselves from family style serving dishes at each table that have been set by the group’s waiters of the day.
In addition to the main dishes being served at every meal, there are always additional options available. At breakfast, cold cereal and fresh fruit are always available. At lunch and dinner, salad bars, jelly sandwiches, and fresh fruit are also available. These options ensure that campers receive all the nutrients they need at camp. Staff are trained to keep an eye on what campers are eating, to ensure that healthy choices are being made when possible and to encourage campers to try new foods while they are at camp – it is part of the experience!
Food Service at the Birches and on Adventure Trips
In the Birches and on Adventure Trips, all meals are provided by Camp Echo, including meals eaten while traveling to and from destinations. Our teen and trip staff develop menus that are healthy and well-rounded, while catering to the interests of the group when possible. As groups gain experience and become ready to take on new responsibilities, participants gain more active role in preparing meals.
Food Allergies and Special Dietary Needs
Every summer Camp Echo serves campers with various food allergies and dietary restrictions. Please contact the Clinic Manager, Katie Trippi, if you have specific questions or concerns.
Camp Echo is NOT peanut-free. Nuts are not used in the preparation of any food served in our Dining Hall and peanut butter is not available in our Dining Hall. However, there are treats available at our Trading Post that contain nuts. Our staff realize that every camper’s situation is unique and is happy to answer questions regarding specific campers.