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Food

Food

Our Philosophy

At Nashoba North, we believe in healthy eating with food that is fun.  Kid-friendly and nutritious we prepare all of our meals in the camp’s on-site modern kitchen.  Nashoba’s homemade meals are served family-style and prepared by our two experienced head chefs and their team of prep-cooks and culinary assistants.  Our nutritional menu is reviewed by certified dieticians.  We believe in meals that are:

  • made with fresh and authentic ingredientsquote200
  • locally-sourced, seasonally produced from our own state of Maine whenever possible

Read more about our food program in the Bangor Daily News.

We believe in delivering the best food that we can to ensure that our campers are healthy, happy and energized!  Fresh fruit is available to our campers and staff all day long!

Let’s Talk Breakfast

Camp Nashoba North Dining HallIn the morning we offer a large breakfast bar filled with fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, raisins and bagels. Complimenting our breakfast bar, campers will find assorted cold and hot cereals and a hot breakfast meal served family-style at each table.  Hot meals vary and include items like french toast, blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, omelets and waffles.

How About Lunch and Dinner?

For lunch and dinner we offer an extensive fresh salad bar overflowing with healthy salad fixings.  Hot entrees such as baked chicken and rice, stir fry veggies, make your own soft tacos, lasagna, pizza and more are served family-style at each table accompanied by seasonal, fresh vegetables.  Every Sunday night, weather permitting, we hold a cookout, eating under the shade of maple trees.  Tuesday nights are always our exciting theme meals where the food and decor in our dining hall feature a different culture.  Campers love eating with chopsticks during Asian night followed by a fun surprise in their fortune cookie.  Soups, hot chocolate and alternative dietary meals are also available.  

Sample Menu THUMBNAIL

View our Sample Menu

Birthdays are such fun at camp!  They are always celebrated with a personalized birthday cake large enough to share with the entire cabin, and of course, lots of singing.  We love birthdays at Nashoba and parents are welcome to call to send along birthday wishes.

Did You Know?

Food at Nashoba North

  • We use local foods whenever possible and practical.  Chef Russell has been sourcing more of our food from local farmers and suppliers right here in Maine!  
  • We use natural and wholesome ingredients whenever possible, reducing the use of “processed foods.”
  • We provide alternatives to those campers with special dietary needs e.g. sugar reduced diets, vegetarians, gluten free, food allergies, dietary constraints, etc.
  • Healthy choices are available for all appetites!
  • We practice sustainable living efforts like composting, recycling and choosing biodegradable products whenever feasible.
  • We consider ourselves environmental stewards!  We carry our respect for the Earth from the kitchen to the campers’ table.  
  • We do not cook with any nuts or nut oils and can accommodate any allergies and/or special dietary needs.

Meet Our Chef

Our head chef is joined each summer by a fantastic crew of collegiate culinary students

Chef Russell


Head chef, Russell, returns for his 16th year with CNN.  Russell brings over 20 years of experience in food preparation, ordering and kitchen management.  Russell enjoys attending culinary lectures and food shows regularly.  He is looking forward to creating locally-sourced healthy and nutritious meals for our campers.

Culinary Experience:

  • Camp Nashoba North: 2001 – present
  • Sailfish Point Country Club, Hutchinson Island, FL: 2004 – present
  • Harvard University Dining Service: 1998 – 2003
  • ServeSafe Certified

Picky Eaters? Not a Problem!

We are experienced with and sensitive to the dietary restrictions of campers with food allergies and work closely with them and their families to provide healthy accommodations.

Vegetarian: Our breakfast bar includes fresh fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, oatmeal and cereal (soy and cow milk).  Our lunch/dinner salad bar offers a healthy selection of fresh vegetables and fruit.  We serve a vegetarian alternative to each main course.  

Gluten Allergies: We are able to provide some gluten-free items such as pastas, pizza, pancakes, breads and desserts.

Tree Nut & Peanut Allergies: We are a Peanut Aware Camp.  As such, we do not cook with any nuts or nut oils and we ensure there are nut-free areas in the dining hall.  Additional safety precautions are implemented to protect individual campers based on need.

Lactose Intolerance: We serve soy milk and can make delicious dishes without dairy (the kids love our naked pizza!)

Vegans: We are happy to provide vegan meals with advance notice.