Campers and counselors eat three meals a day in Alleghany’s large Dining Hall, with Junior Camp eating upstairs and Senior Camp eating downstairs. A counselor sits at each end of the table, serving family style, except for dinner on Sundays. On this day seating is more informal and campers help themselves to a buffet. Announcements for the whole of camp are delivered by our Directors over the speaker system, and we sing grace before each meal.
‘Hoppers’ bring the food to the tables at the beginning of each meal, and wait on the tables as needs arise. Hoppers are 15- and 16-year old campers who elect to serve as waitresses in the Dining Hall. They dine earlier than the rest of camp so they may set the tables and serve food to the campers and counselors. The Hopper program is very popular as the Hoppers enjoy working together in the Dining Hall building teamwork and camaraderie, and interested campers should submit a request in writing before the summer starts for this role. Hoppers earn a small stipend, but may choose to count their hours towards community service. The Hoppers are supervised by a Head Hopper, usually a Camp Alleghany alumna, who ensures they take pride in their work and have a great time.
The meals served are well-balanced with a full salad and fruit bar offered at both lunch and dinner. Our professional kitchen staff ensures that each meal provides the nutrients necessary for the girls to thrive while at camp. Campers are encouraged to try new things and take a ‘taste’ or a ‘serving’ of all constituents of the meal. We can also accommodate special dietary requirements, ranging from food allergies to vegetarian, etc.- simply indicate this on your registration form (click here to read more about special dietary requirements).
Meal times are a festive occasion at camp, with songs and cheers being sung by all. We also have Lunch Under the Apple Tree on Thursdays, and cookouts at Carnivals. Counselors can arrange for campers to go on meal hikes to sites around Alleghany for a fun bonding experience, cooking over an open fire, too! Whatever the setup, meal times are a great opportunity for the whole of camp to come together.