Welcome to my camp menu guide!
Having ﬁlled every role in the kitchen, I have had the opportunity to observe what makes a great dish washing team, a valuable helper, and a strong kitchen manager. I hope that this menu helps ease some of the great responsibility that you have so bravely accepted. Below are a few simple insights that developed during my years in the kitchen, particularly as kitchen manager. I hope they inspire you to take this opportunity as more than fulﬁlling the necessities of nutrition.
My Camp Kitchen Philosophy
The kitchen should be a place for learning - For you, the kitchen staﬀ, and the campers. Encourage staﬀ to take on recipes they haven’t before. Schedule a time for campers to help cook!
The kitchen should be colourful - Colourful food is healthy food, and colourful people make the hot, hectic space bearable. People should leave every meal feeling recharged and content. There should not only be enough food, there should be nutritious, balanced, and varied food.
The kitchen is an integral part of every camp - a happy kitchen is a happy camp. Remember that just because you may not work with the campers regularly, you have a huge impact on the way camp runs. Choose to make that impact noteworthy.
Camp Kitchen Staff's Responsibility
Running a kitchen is a daunting, stressful, and often overwhelming task. With this is mind, remember that it is our responsibility as Spoon Weilders and Taste Testers to also be Laugh Laughers and Sneak Snackers. We must provide healthy, satisfying food that appeals to as many people as we can. We can not always cater to individual desires or aversions, be we can cater to ideals of variety, care, and home cooking.
The menus and recipes in this cookbook have been developed with love and care, and a healthy dose of trial and error. I have provided recipes I used for many things that are available pre-made, but I am sure you will ﬁnd more satisfaction with homemade recipes and a remarkable decrease in spending. The savings you will have from making things from scratch helps make buying fruits and vegetables more manageable, and you might even have some left over to splurge on special occasions.
Good luck, happy cooking,
Meghan ‘Fhyllja’ Morrison
(CampHacker & Cairn Family of Camps Kitchen Manager 2010-2011)