Nutrition + Wellness

Eating at Camp Matoaka can’t get any better! We are a nut-free camp. This means we don’t cook with or use any ingredients that contain or may contain any nuts. And, we don’t allow on camp any food items which may contain nuts. If you are concerned about your child’s food choices while at camp, please feel free to contact Leslie Silberman or the Food Allergy Coach. We will be more than happy to discuss alternatives for your child!

Meals

At Camp Matoaka, we’re here to help your daughter fuel her day the right way by providing a variety of options at each meal. Meals are served buffet style, encouraging your child to make independent mealtime decisions, while being guided by counselors. During breakfast, we offer a main hot meal that changes daily, but we also provide a fruit bar with yogurt and homemade granola, as well as hot and cold cereal options each day, and homemade toast. At lunch and dinner, we again have a hot meal, but also provide a sandwich and salad bar that allows picky eaters and others to find something that she may enjoy better. There also are two soup options provided at lunch, one of which is always gluten-free and vegetarian. To get a better idea of what means are offered, check out the Sample Menu below.

Our Kitchen Staff

Our Kitchen Staff, led by our Kitchen Manager of 30+ years, are very attentive to the needs of our campers and will help your child with most mealtime concerns. We’re able to accommodate most food allergies or restrictions, such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, soy-free, dairy-free, etc. Our Food Allergy Coach is available at all meal times and during daily snack, if your child has any questions or concerns about the contents of any food or isn’t finding an option that she enjoys. If you have any questions about the menu for the upcoming summer, please feel free to reach out to Leslie who can walk you through the daily meals and snacks.

Snacks

In addition to our three meals, whole fruit is available throughout the day in our Dining Hall. We also offer the girls a protein-rich snack at 3 pm to continue to give them energy for the rest of the day. Three times per week, we offer “Canteen,” a treat that the campers request during Clean-Up and receive after Lunch during Rest Hour. The choices available range from items that are sweet to items that are savory, and do not exceed more than a single serving. We also have milk and cookies (aka Kilk and Mookies) after evening activity most nights - A Matoaka tradition since 1951!

Dining Hall

Every morning, we eat breakfast by bunk. However, for lunch and dinner, campers and staff are assigned tables each week. This allows our older and younger girls to get to know one another, and more importantly, it gives our older girls an opportunity to teach our younger campers our cheers and songs we sing together after every meal! We generally have 8-10 girls per table with 2-3 staff members. We also enjoy eating meals lakeside each week by bunk.


Health Center Staff

Our Health Center is staffed with five, live-in registered nurses, a health center administrator, a food allergy coach, a child psychologist, and a Nurse Practitioner, who makes on-site visits on a daily or on-call basis, and works with a Pediatrician in town. We are proud of the way our nursing staff helps all sick campers feel at home, and are always available to speak to parents.

Health Center

The air-conditioned health center is a comfortable place where campers receive professional medical care and treatment and can take a respite from normal camp life when deemed necessary. There are two private, spacious exam rooms, isolation rooms, semi-private rooms, and a group room. When it is necessary to seek care off-campus, the Mid Maine Medical Hospital is located just nine miles from camp and we are covered on the 911 system. Our nurses will contact you if your daughter will be spending the night in the Health Center or if she needs to seek medical care beyond what our on-site, Health Team can provide.


Sample Menu

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Scrambled Eggs
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Breakfast Potatoes
HomeadeToast
Hard Boiled Eggs
Grilled Chicken
Orzo Salad
Soup:
Corn Chowder or Chicken and Rice
Teriyaki Salmon
Quinoa
Asparagus
Tuesday French Toast with Syrup
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Greek Salad, Hummus, Pita
Grilled Chicken or Shrimp Soup:
Chicken Tortilla and Noodle
Soft and Hard Shell Tacos
Beans and Rice
Assorted Toppings
Wednesday Bagels and Cream Cheese
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Hard Boiled Eggs
TRIP DAY
(Campers eat at trip location or pack a sandwich and snacks)
Penne or Spaghetti, Sauce Choices: Red, Alfredo, Homemade Pesto, Peas, Rolls
Thursday Omelets
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Potato Patties
Hard Boiled Eggs
Chicken Caesar Wrap
Popchips and Pretzels
Soup:
Beef Stew and Chicken Noodle
Assorted Pizzas: Cheese, Veggie, Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, and Spinach, Tomato and Feta
Friday Matoaka's famous Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Baked Ziti
Cheesy Bread Sticks
Steamed Peas
Soup:
French Onion and Chicken and Rice
Baked Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Steamed Broccoli
Challah Bread
Saturday Waffles, Sauce Choices: syrup, blueberry and strawberry
Assorted Toppings
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Chicken Nuggets
Tater Tots
Assorted Dipping Sauces, Carrots and Celery
Soup:
Chicken
Fajitas (Chicken or Beef)
Grilled Peppers and Onions
Assorted Toppings
Sunday Donuts
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Ravioli or Penne, Sauce Choices: Red Sauce or Homemade Pesto
Bread Sticks
Steamed Green Beans
Hotdogs
Chicken Patties
Coleslaw
Baked Beans
Watermelon

Sample Menu

Monday
Breakfast Scrambled Eggs
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Breakfast Potatoes
HomeadeToast
Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch Grilled Chicken
Orzo Salad
Soup:
Corn Chowder or Chicken and Rice
Dinner Teriyaki Salmon
Quinoa
Asparagus
Tuesday
Breakfast French Toast with Syrup
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch Greek Salad, Hummus, Pita
Grilled Chicken or Shrimp Soup:
Chicken Tortilla and Noodle
Dinner Soft and Hard Shell Tacos
Beans and Rice
Assorted Toppings
Wednesday
Breakfast Bagels and Cream Cheese
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch TRIP DAY
(Campers eat at trip location or pack a sandwich and snacks)
Dinner Penne or Spaghetti, Sauce Choices: Red, Alfredo, Homemade Pesto, Peas, Rolls
Thursday
Breakfast Omelets
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Potato Patties
Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch Chicken Caesar Wrap
Popchips and Pretzels
Soup:
Beef Stew and Chicken Noodle
Dinner Assorted Pizzas: Cheese, Veggie, Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, and Spinach, Tomato and Feta
Friday
Breakfast Matoaka's famous Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Lunch Baked Ziti
Cheesy Bread Sticks
Steamed Peas
Soup:
French Onion and Chicken and Rice
Dinner Baked Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Steamed Broccoli
Challah Bread
Saturday
Breakfast Waffles, Sauce Choices: syrup, blueberry and strawberry
Assorted Toppings
Bacon or Sausage (Pork, Turkey, or Veggie)
Lunch Chicken Nuggets
Tater Tots
Assorted Dipping Sauces, Carrots and Celery
Soup:
Chicken
Dinner Fajitas (Chicken or Beef)
Grilled Peppers and Onions
Assorted Toppings
Sunday
Breakfast Donuts
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch Ravioli or Penne, Sauce Choices: Red Sauce or Homemade Pesto
Bread Sticks
Steamed Green Beans
Dinner Hotdogs
Chicken Patties
Coleslaw
Baked Beans
Watermelon
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Food allergy coach who manages gluten-free, vegetarian, and other specialty meals

5

Nurses on staff
who care for our campers

10

Miles away from
the nearest hospital

20000

Homemade cookies
our kitchen bakes each summer

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