Meals & Dining

Our dining hall was built in 1930. Despite recent some structural and cosmetic improvements, it still retains its original character. The walls and ceiling are filled with memories and history of Camp Nominingue’s nearly 100-year traditions; you’ll find canoes hanging from the rafters, plaques of leader award winners dating back to 1925, photos of the founder, F.M. Van Wagner and mementos of the camp’s early days.

Dining HallCampers sit at large tables with their tent-mates and their counsellors; usually eight to a table. One camper, the waiter, picks up the food tray from the kitchen and the counsellor serves the boys at the table. One of the counsellor’s jobs is to ensure that the campers at his table are eating balanced meals. At the end of each meal, another camper, the “slop-waiter,” scrapes and returns the dirty dishes to the kitchen.

Although institutional cooking may not match your home cooking, we receive many compliments from the boys on the quality and quantity of the food we serve. We also audit their feedback to ensure that we constantly offer choices that make them happy. Fresh fruit is served at meal-times on a daily basis. At mid-morning each day, we also offer a fruit snack to the campers. Our daily lunch and dinner salad bars include a variety of vegetables, proteins, composed salads, and dressings. As well, vegetables are served at all of our lunches and dinners.

Meal time at NominingueEach off-season we adjust our menus based on camper and staff feedback, while following the guidelines approved by a licensed dietician. We are nut and peanut free, both in camp and on our canoe trips. A vegetarian menu is available for boys who sign up for it and the kitchen staff is able to handle a wide variety of food allergies and intolerances.

Breakfast is usually the quietest meal of the day. When dessert arrives at lunch and supper, each section begins their cheers, and their noise and enthusiasm fill the air. The boys leave the dining hall, energized and ready for the next activity of their day.

Want more information on food options? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss this with you.

Some favourite meals at Camp Nominingue: Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes, Bagels/cream cheese, Pancakes and sausage or bacon. Lunch: Pizza subs, Chicken burgers, Mac and Cheese, Sloppy Joes. Supper: Lasagna, Stew, Curry Chicken, Chicken and vegetable stir fry. And… SALAD BAR!