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Camp Food

The Chimney Corners Camp Food Service, under the leadership of Michael (Mik) Monti and in cooperation with the other departments of Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, has developed the following mission, philosophy and goals related to our camp food. Most importantly, though, is that our campers and staff love the food and the people who prepare it because they know that it is prepared with their well-being in mind. Campers and staff are asked to give regular feedback and suggestions about our food to ensure that the menus reflect items that are enjoyed by all.

Mik and his staff are available throughout the year to discuss any food questions or concerns. Mik and his staff will be available on opening days of camp to discuss plans for accommodating any special dietary concerns (please see below for dietary restrictions that are automatically addressed at camp.)

Camp Food Service Mission Statement

To ensure that every camper and guest at Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA enjoys wholesome, appetizing, nutritionally sound meals, prepared with care in a clean and healthy environment, where all staff are knowledgeable, helpful, courteous and friendly.

Philosophy

Our campers and guests are a diverse clientele who span the entire social and economic spectra, and range in age from young elementary students to senior citizens. We are dedicated to ensuring that all meals served to our campers, guests and staff are appreciated and enjoyed.

We strive to prepare fresh meals daily, using healthy natural ingredients. Our goal is to partner with local farmers and growers who are committed to sustainable practices and maintaining humane standards.

Further, we intend to partner with a licensed dietitian in order to stay current on dietary recommendations to continue to improve the nutritional quality of our meals.

Our Food Service departments provide healthy food choices for campers and guests to appreciate and enjoy.

Cuisine Core Values

At Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA the Food Service Department holds 6 Core Values in designing and preparing delicious menus for our guests. We focus on creating meals that are:

  1. Enjoyable
  2. Wholesome
  3. Recognizable
  4. Plentiful enough so all will be satisfied but little goes to waste.
  5. Prepared with care
  6. Provide Individual Choice

Specific Dietary Need Parameters

The following are specific dietary needs that are accommodated in all camp meals. Campers wanting to adhere to these particular dietary styles will always find a full meal awaiting them:

  • Vegetarian
  • Avoidance of the Big 8 Food Allergies: Gluten, Eggs, Nuts, Peanuts, Shellfish, Fish, Soy and Dairy
  • Low Carbohydrate - This is accomplished by providing a Protein and Vegetable as main choices each meal, or Salad Bar alternative.

In addition, the following dietary styles are held in awareness as noted:

  • Reduced Sugar and Processed Carbohydrate Quantities - An awareness is given to the amount of sugar and processed carbohydrates that are offered in a day.
  • Vegan - Menu design will ensure that a vegan protein, carbohydrate and vegetable is available. However this may dictate that a vegan camper must utilize the salad bar or breakfast bar to supplement or exclusively fulfill a vegan meal preference.

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