Camp Prep #3 – Food!

posted by on May 11, 2017

Hi Parents!
Welcome back to our Camp Prep Series!  So far you have met the Merakzim and reviewed transportation to and from camp…. now we will talk about FOOD.

Many parents worry about what, or if, their campers will eat at camp.  Our chadar ochel (dining room) is a place we take as seriously as any other part of your child’s camp experience.  Our campers are super active and we know how important it is for them to stay well-fed with a variety of both healthy AND kid-friendly options.

Our Kitchen
Did you know that CYJ Texas has the largest kosher kitchen in the southwest?  Our state-of-the-art kitchen is overseen by Chef Johnathen Abram and his professional staff, and includes three hot buffet lines and two separate kosher kitchens.  This will be Chef Johnathen’s 3rd summer at CYJ, and he and his and kitchen staff work year round serving all types of groups with all types of needs.

The Camp Menu

  • Our breakfasts include classics such as French toast, pancakes, waffles, bagels, oatmeal, eggs, and breakfast tacos.  Each morning we also have fruit, granola, and yogurt, as well as cereal and milk.
  • By lunchtime our campers have worked up an appetite and have hearty options such as hamburgers, chicken fajitas, beef and broccoli, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and stir fries.
  • For dinner, we offer choices such as baked potato and soup, pizzas, cheese enchiladas, baked ziti, grilled cheese and tomato soup, and pasta with alfredo sauce.

Special Diets and Picky Eaters

  • Our chef is a pro at working with special dietary needs.  We can accommodate campers who are vegetarian or vegan and have experience with a variety of special diets, such as gluten- or dairy-free, as well as food allergies.  There are always choices for kids with special diets at every meal and our kitchen staff is there during meal service to answer questions.  We are also well-equipped to handle any nut allergies and we regularly serve soy nut butter in place of peanut butter.  Parents are welcome to speak to our chef about any concerns or special requests for the summer.
  • We encourage the kids to try new foods at camp, and most kids are willing to experiment.  Even for the adventurous eater, however, there may be a meal that just isn’t appealing.  There are staple foods that we have at every meal so that each camper can find something to enjoy.  Every day the kids can count on having a mix of breakfast cereals, a salad bar that includes a variety of cold options, soy butter for sandwiches, and plain pasta.  Our counselors pay attention to what the kids are eating and will help them navigate the choices or even talk to the kitchen staff to be sure everyone is well-fed.
  • If your child has a special dietary need, please make sure that you have identified it in the Health History Form.  Page 4 of the online form includes a Nutritional Profile where you can identify any special dietary needs or concerns.  Login to your CampInTouch Account  if you need to update any of the forms that you have previously completed.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask:  [email protected] or 713-723-8354.  You can also search our Help Database ( to learn more about not only food-related information, but anything you may be wondering about to get ready for camp.

Next up in the Camp Prep series:  Packing!

Camp Prep Series:

  • Get Ready for Camp Webinar
  • Prep #1:  Meet the Merakzim
  • Prep #2:  Transportation
  • Prep #3:  Food at Camp
  • Prep #4:  Packing (5/12/17)
  • Prep #5:  Campouts (5/17/17)
  • Prep #6:  The Camper Care Team (5/23/17)
  • Prep #7:  Homesickness (5/28/17)
  • Prep #7:  Communications with your Camper (5/31/17)