Food at Camp


Food-03528Gold Arrow campers and staff enjoy three meals per day in our open-air dining porch overlooking Big Creek and the beautiful Sierras. We provide campers and staff with delicious, well-balanced meals and offer a variety of options at each meal. We believe great food is an important part of our camp experience.

Campers dine family-style while sitting with their cabin group and counselors. Kitchen Patrol (KP) gives campers an opportunity to help with the set up and clean up of their cabin’s table during meals. Counselors encourage good table manners and monitor that campers are eating well-balanced meals. Camp Moms check campers’ hands upon entering the dining porch to help ensure the health of our camp community.


Menu items are selected to provide nutritional meals that appeal to campers. A sample menu has been provided below. When feeding many people, we understand that it’s important to provide choices. Most special dietary needs and allergies can be accommodated with our regular daily meal offerings. Read here for more information about special dietary needs. Some of the daily options, in addition to our regular menu items, include:



At every breakfast we offer:

  • Juice
  • Milk (Skim, 2%, and Soy)
  • Hot Cereal
  • Granola
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cold Cereal
  • Toast and Bagels
  • Yogurt

Hot breakfast selections vary daily. Selections may include:

  • Pancakes
  • Scrambled Eggs with Bacon or Sausage
  • French Toast
  • Waffles
  • Egg McManny Sandwiches
  • Breakfast Potatoes




At every lunch we offer:

  • Juice
  • Milk (Skim, 2%, and Soy)
  • Soup
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Pasta or Potato Salad
  • Deli Sandwich options
  • Salad Bar
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Tuna, Chicken or Egg Salad




Our main course varies daily. Selections may include:

  • Grilled Cheese
  • Chicken Strips
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Meatball Subs
  • Hot Pastrami Sandwiches
  • Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches
  • Tostadas
  • Pizza
  • Chicken Wraps
  • Tacos
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas



At every dinner we offer:

  • Juice
  • Milk (Skim, 2%, and Soy)
  • Salad Bar
  • Pasta Bar with Red or White Sauce
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Dessert




Our main course varies daily. Selections may include:

  • Pizza Squares
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Spaghetti
  • Pot Roast
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Hamburgers
  • Manicotti
  • Orange Chicken
  • Calzones
  • Enchiladas
  • Tri Tip


Above options are subject to change.


In addition to our regular menu, at the end of each session, campers and staff enjoy a special banquet. The dining porch is transformed to match the theme of the banquet. The menu is also changed to reflect the fancy night. After an afternoon of showering and packing, campers enjoy a new, fresh meal and fun dessert in celebration of the last two weeks at camp.


Snacks are available throughout the day for campers requiring between-meal snacks. A healthy snack (apple, string cheese, carrots, raisins, or similar) is also available each evening at 8:00 p.m.


Birthdays are celebrated at Gold Arrow Camp! If your child’s birthday falls during their camp session, a decorated birthday cake is made in their honor and is shared with their cabin group. The camper is seated on a chair and lifted up by counselors as everyone on the dining porch sings Happy Birthday. A picture documents the special occasion and is posted in the on-line photo gallery.

Food Allergies

If your child has a food allergy and you have questions regarding our accommodations for that particular allergy, please call our camp office at (800) 554-2267. We inform our kitchen staff, nurses, and counselors of camper allergies.