DINING HALL:  The East and West Camp Dining Halls do much to set the atmosphere of the camping experience.  Thanks to the crafts and décor covering every wall, these two buildings create an atmosphere which reminds us of the scouts that came to Ma-Ka-Ja-Wan over 80 years before us.  Dining is never a time to use our inside voices.  Songs and skits are a part of every meal.

Three well-balanced meals are served each day in the dining hall.  The Dining Halls do much to set the atmosphere of the camping experience, and can remind us of the scouts that came to camp over 80 years before us. Dining is never a time to use our inside voices, so songs and skits are a part of every meal.  Tables are reserved for each Unit when possible. Units must provide 2 waiters for every 10 (each meal). Waiters report to the dining hall 15 minutes prior to the meal.  Leaders are encouraged to establish a rotating schedule to share the responsibilities during their stay, and should inform the Staff in advance of any meal count changes.

PATROL COOKING:  Patrol cooking is an exciting option that provides your campers with a special adventure in “doing it yourself”.  Pre-tested, youth-oriented menus make it easy for your unit to prepare its own delicious and nutritious meals.  Food pick-up is provided 2 times a day (or as pre-scheduled).  Check with your Camp Director upon arrival, for food pick-up procedures.


  • Dining Hall – All meals in the dining hall
  • Patrol Cooking – All meals in campsite; see below for exceptions (meals that must be eaten in the dining hall)


Everyone eats these meals in the Dining Hall:

  • SUNDAY DINNER is the first opportunity to get everyone together, so patrol cooking is not an option.
  • WEST CAMP – Tuesday Night Cookout – The West Camp Staff gets Tuesday night off, so Troop Leaders host a “Cookout” at the West Camp Dining Hall.  Patrol Cooking is not an option in West Camp for this meal.
  • BOTH CAMPS – Wednesday Night is the Scoutmaster Cookout.  Patrol Cooking is not an option in either camp.
  • EAST CAMP – Thursday Night Cookout – The East Camp Staff gets Thursday night off, so Troop Leaders host a “Cookout” at the East Camp Dining Hall.  Patrol Cooking is not an option in East Camp for this meal.
  • SATURDAY BREAKFAST is our last meal together, when final reminders and announcements are made. Patrol Cooking is not an option in either camp.  If your Troop is in camp, we will expect you in the dining hall, so please let the camp staff know (early in the week) if your unit plans to leave before then.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

NOTES: No discounts given if you provide any of your own food for any meals. Notify Kandle Dining in advance of day trips (rafting, etc.) so they can plan your meals accordingly.


NOTE:  All menus below have been approved (and signed) by the Kandle Dining Dietitian.


Our camp community is served three well-balanced meals each day.

If your son has a food allergy, we will work to offer substitutions. We do not make modifications for food preference as we offer a variety of food options. Because we eat cafeteria style and offer a salad bar, it is camp’s expectation that by sending your son to camp, you are asserting to us that your child has the knowledge of their diet and can manage their food choices.

Camp cannot guarantee your child will not come in contact with foods he may be allergic to, or other allergens. If your child has a severe allergy or dietary restriction, contact the camp directors to discuss if Camp is properly equipped to manage your child’s needs.


Camp uses the following guidelines pertaining to allergens in the food offered:

We are conscious of the ingredients in all our meals as it pertains to allergens.  For meals in the dining hall, menu items containing allergen ingredients are listed on an Allergy Board for each meal.  Substitutions for the main course and dessert are offered.

In addition to the meal served, our salad bar/breakfast bar contains a variety of rotating items, including garbanzo beans, edamame, croutons, and cheese. We also make peanut butter available for all to choose and offer Almond Milk or Soy Milk as a substitution for a milk allergy

Campers and staff should be aware of the risk of cross-contamination that can occur in this setting.

For meals eaten out of the dining hall on trips and pack outs, we identify the food that contains allergens.  Substitutions are given to those with dietary restrictions.

Special Diets

2018 MSR Special Diet Request Form

IMPORTANT:  Use this 2018 Special Diet Request Form for Kandle Dining, our food service provider at camp, of your special dietary needs while participating in our Boy Scout Summer Camp programs there.  This is the only form that will be accepted at camp this summer, and the person listed is the only one who should receive this completed form.  Contact her directly with all of your dietary questions.  Jara must receive this form by June 1. Thank you.

Kandle Dining Contact Person (for dietary requests and questions)
Jara Bauer

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