Food Allergies, Dietary Restrictions and Special Needs


Our kitchen staff is managed by our Food Services Manager who is Serve Safe certified. All other kitchen staff have completed Serve Safe Food Handler training. Our menu has been carefully planned and reviewed by a certified nutritionist to ensure that a balanced diet is being provided to our Scouts and their leaders.

Each meal service will consist of a main entre the Scouts will pick up from the serving line when they enter the Dining Hall. Various other options are available at each meal service such as yogurt and fresh fruit bar, cereal bar, toast station and oatmeal or grits for breakfast. Assorted soups or chili are usually served during lunch. A fresh salad and fruit bar are available at all lunch and dinner meals. The kitchen staff is also able to provide a gluten free, pork free or vegetarian meal option with advance notice. 


Our kitchen and dining hall staff will do what it takes to take good care of your Scout. If your Scout has food allergies, we ask that you fill out the form at which is passed directly on to our Food Service Manager and kitchen staff. Because there are some common food allergies (i.e., peanuts, tree nuts) we already plan our standard menu to minimize potential exposure and provide substitutes when necessary. In the event of severe food allergy or complex dietary needs, you may be required to send your Scout to camp with their own food. Storage space (dry, refrigerator and/or freezer) will be provided to keep food items safe.

Please Note: Our kitchen staff does not have time to prepare and cook special meals for individual Scouts. A parent and/or leader from the Unit will be responsible to prepare and cook the special food/meals for the Scout and will be required to complete a foodservice orientation upon arrival. Scouts under the age of 16 years old will not be permitted to prepare or cook their own meals in the kitchen. Access to a microwave and other cooking equipment will be made available.

Please have your Scout (and their leader) review any food allergies during Check-In Orientation upon arrival. Also instruct your Scout that after going through the main serving line, they will pick up their alternate food items at the main door to the kitchen for each meal.

Please keep in mind, a picky eater or not liking a certain food item, is not a FOOD ALLERGY.


The Boy Scouts of America recognizes that no two young people are exactly alike. If there is a Scout or adult with special needs and would like to know the accommodations available and/or talk to someone about making their experience successful, please notify our staff at .

File Name Description
Menu - Generic Meal Selections Download
Service Animal Policy - Shenandoah Area Council Download