Yes, at camp we strive for a certain nostalgic, simpler times, throwback feel. The exception? The dining hall. Think: avocado toast bar every morning, Dim Sum buffet, Homemade Gravlox on Sundays and matzoh ball soup with Friday night dinner! Of course cookouts are still hamburgers and hot dogs, and we have plenty of kid-friendly food like chicken fingers (white meat), pizza (whole wheat crust, gluten free and dairy veggie options); this isn’t the camp food you remember, moms and dads! Oh, and the dining hall is air conditioned. It’s just more pleasant that way!
At Pine Forest, we see the Dining Hall as an extension of home. Campers sit with their bunks at the same table every day for every meal. Food is served buffet style (allergy friendlier, so as not to single anyone out with special dietary needs) and campers may help themselves to as much as they want. All counselors making sure plates are looking full, fresh and colorful. A plateful of sweet potato fries isn’t gonna cut it!
Whether it’s a food allergy or the pickiest of eaters, our staff will make sure your camper feels comfortable, confident and receives the attention he or she requires when it comes to diet. We even have a nutrition specialist dedicated to allergies, dietary needs and food restrictions who meets with, cooks for and advises campers of what’s okay and what’s not for each specific concern.
There are no nuts served at camp, and no food contains nuts (not even canteen or cookies). We have campers with and accommodate dairy, gluten (our own Marvin Black is gluten-free!), fish, egg allergies and more. We also have kosher and vegetarian options available, always.
For over 30 years, Owner/Director Barbara Black has overseen all the food at Pine Forest. Homemade is her expertise. On Friday afternoons you can find her in the kitchen making challah for Friday night dinner, preparing fruit platters for a Junior Luau, or making one of four meatball options for spaghetti & meatball dinners (regular, gluten-free, kosher and vegetarian).
Barbara takes great pride in making the dining hall feel like an extension of home; beautiful wildflowers are always on display and bowls of fruit always full and available to campers from morning till night.
Every day, campers have multiple options at each and every meal. You can count on the following options at each meal:
In addition to these daily options, there’s always the main course!
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- 4 Nurses on-site
- 1 Doctor – lives on-site