Nutrition and Wellness
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Our food service at Can-Aqua is child friendly and fantastic! Meals are planned and prepared by our Food Service Director and we are always striving to innovate and improve. Mealtime is a big part of the memories at camp. Campers receive 3 well-balanced and nutritious meals daily in our central dining hall facility as well as a snack each night. Vegetarian options are available at every meal. We recognize that campers may have individual preferences and therefore, are proud to offer a salad and alternatives bar in addition to each regular meal. Cabins are assigned a table as their home base for every meal at the start of each session.
In addition to eating in the dining hall, our weekly outdoor picnics and barbeques provide fun and social eating experiences that many campers note as their favorite part of the Can-Aqua experience.
Each evening, our camp day finishes with a quick snack before heading to bed.
At Camp Can-Aqua we place a special emphasis on supporting children with food allergies and dietary restrictions. In order to best support their needs, the camp employs a dietary staff member all summer who is specifically devoted to the preparation of food for campers with dietary restrictions
This staff member will communicate with parents prior to their child’s arrival at camp to review each campers individual needs and preferences. In addition, they will connect with them on the first day of camp and remain a part of their mealtime experience for the duration of their stay.
Campers who require special diets will have their food prepared in a separate kitchen by the dietary staff to minimize the risk of cross contamination.
Special diets our food service staff are familiar with include:
- Celiac Diet
- Gluten Sensitivities
- Soy Allergy
- Egg & Dairy
Can-Aqua is Nut Aware!
Camp Can-Aqua is a camp that is proud to be inclusive of many allergies, diets and restrictions. As a result of this active focus, we are proud to promote a nut sensitive dining hall experience.
Because we are the home to many children with very severe nut allergies each summer, we do our best and take several measures to support kids with these type of allergies. With this in mind, to be successful, we need your help and support. Here is what you can do!
- Ensure no food is sent to camp with your child (this is good for both allergies and for animals!)
- Do not send your child care packages that contain food in them.
- Educate your child on the allergy and why it is important to be nut sensitive
For more information on our food service, please contact our Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
A focus to be inclusive
With a surge of dietary challenges and allergies in children across North America, special focus on food service has become a big part of Camp Can-Aqua culture. As the camp owner and director, I want to first recognize the incredible leap of faith parents make by intrusting your children to me and this incredible summer camp. Ensuring proper care and safety of your children is an enormous responsibility, which I take very seriously. At Can-Aqua, we have worked incredibly hard over the past few years as we develop, amend and challenge ourselves to create a nurturing environment for all campers throughout each step of their adventure.
When looking at food allergies and sensitivities, my commitment does not falter. In the last few years, to better support our children with food related allergies; we introduced a camp dietary staff member. This position, typically filled by a student enrolled in a post secondary program for Nutrition, oversees all food preparation of special diets and works to ensure food ingredients are effectively reviewed and that meal items reflect what is being served to the community as a whole.
Since we begin placing special focus on our diets and nutrition, we have seen an overall improvement of food service as well as a more inclusive eating experience for children with allergies.
If you have any questions at all about our food service or the focus and attention we place on kids with allergies please do not hesitate to call or email me to discuss.
Director, Camp Can-Aqua
The Health Centre
The health centre at Can-Aqua is simple, basic and functional. Our doctors and nurses are kind, supportive and caring, understanding the importance of nurturing a child’s needs when they are away from home.
In addition to our on site medical staff, we are situated 15 minutes from the nearest hospital in the event of an emergency.
Campers are welcome to visit the Health Center throughout the day for issues as needed. For campers who take medication on a regular basis, a schedule is posted and medication is ready for campers at the appropriate times. Cabin counsellors are there to help remind their campers to visit the health centre if necessary.