We serve a wide variety of fresh food options that vary throughout the session. Campers often find new foods to try for the very first time! Campers should be able to eat food being served in the Dining Hall; we are unable to prepare separate, individual food options for selective or anxious eaters. With being able to enjoy our fresh fruit and salad bars that include a variety of protein options, even our selective eaters can find something delicious to eat at camp.
If your daughter has a medical food allergy, please fill out the Dietary Allergy Form (available in the spring) through the Campanion app or through your Online Greystone Account. This form must be completed and signed by your physician for your daughter to eat our specifically prepared allergy alternative food at camp. We always provide a vegetarian and vegan alternative at each meal, and while we will also ask that you complete the Dietary Allergy Form, it will not need to be signed by a physician for your daughter to eat our vegetarian or vegan options.
At Greystone we serve a wide variety of fresh, healthy food at every meal. We also have fresh fruit at breakfast and a complete salad option at both lunch and dinner. We do our very best to assure that every camper finds food they can eat and enjoy at each meal, even if they come to camp with food allergies or are just a selective eater at home.
There will always be an alternative for each of the “Big 8” major food allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy). We do not serve or cook with any nut products and will offer Soy Butter on the salad bar for a healthy protein alternative. We also do not cook or serve shellfish at camp.
When planning our allergy alternative dishes, we do our best to match those dishes as closely as possible to the meal being served. For example, if we are having spaghetti for dinner, we will also serve gluten-free noodles and a vegetarian sauce. Sometimes our alternative dishes will not match the “theme” of the served meal (if we are serving Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, our vegetarian option will be veggie burgers). We might not have a yummy dairy-free Oreo Creme Pie, but campers will enjoy our great dairy-free Cheesecake! For speciality food items (ordered for specific events), we will offer an allergy-free Shoppe alternative, if a suitable duplicate of the allergy item is not available.
As we prepare food in the Greystone Kitchen, our staff is paying close attention to cross-contamination. So if your daughter is allergic to watermelon, she does not need to worry about us slicing watermelon and then cutting pineapple without cleaning the cutting board and knife. While we take great care in preparing allergy-safe food, we cannot guarantee that your daughter will not come in contact with foods she may be allergic to.
Many of our campers with food allergies will eat from our extensive salad options or fruit options, rather than eat the main course alternatives, because of the tasty selections provided at each meal. Click here to see a sample menu and what is offered with our salad and fruit options. If your daughter still finds herself hungry throughout the day, she can always stop by our ice huts to grab a snack, such as String Cheese or Granola Bars (gluten-, dairy-, egg-, and peanut-free). On top of that, we deliver apples to each activity area everyday as a mid-morning snack, and watermelon is provided after Rest Hour.
The food offered at camp (from meals served in the Dining Hall to Shoppe to treats at Evening Program) follows the FDA guidelines. We check all ingredient labels to be aware of which products contain the major allergens. We do not abide by “May Contain” or “Processed in a Facility” labels. If your daughter has a gluten allergy, she may be served ingredients that were “processed in a facility that also processes gluten.” If you would like to read more about the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, click here to visit the FDA’s website.
Before the summer, work with your daughter on reading food labels for when she visits our Ice Huts or Shoppe. We will also have staff available to help her at these food areas outside of the Dining Hall.
If your daughter has a medical food allergy, please make sure we are aware of it through your Health Forms and Dietary Allergy Form (available in the spring) through the Campanion app or your Online Greystone Account. Also, email our Assistant Kitchen Director, , before camp to set up a time to talk through any of your questions or concerns. She would love to discuss your daughter’s particular allergies before you arrive.