Dining

Overnight Camp

YMCA Camp Kanata overnight campers receive three, well-balanced meals per day in the air-conditioned Dining Hall during summer and weekend overnight sessions.

Campers and staff eat family-style at tables with their cabin groups. This fosters conversation and builds relationships during meals. Meal times are bursting with camp tradition and fun songs. Cheers, skits and announcements accompany almost every meal, and two campers will face off and play Block Stacking during every breakfast. 

After meals, campers and counselors work together to clean up, and the elusive Rufus the Respect Gnome will grace the cleanest table with his presence. 

At Kanata, healthy living is an important part of our Mission and our camp. Each meal includes the four major food groups, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and breads. Campers also have access to a seasonal salad bar at every meal. Pitchers of water and juice are on each table, and milk is available during breakfast.    

The Camp Kanata food service staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of all campers, including those with dietary restrictions. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available at every meal, and staff take all of the necessary steps to accommodate campers with food allergies. 

We have garnered a tremendous amount of knowledge for our previous partnership with the gluten-free chef and feel confident in our ability to cater to various dietary needs and restrictions. As a reminder, we do offer gluten-free options at all times and have added certain protocols to our kitchen and Dining Hall in an effort to keep everyone safe and aware. There is a new board that lists each meal with their potential dietary restriction (including gluten, soy, nuts, etc.) and we now have a dedicated staff member in the Dining Hall who is specifically assigned to ensure gluten intolerant campers get their correct meals in a timely manner.  

If you have any questions about gluten-free or food allergies, please call our Camp Office at (919)556-2661.

Day Camp

YMCA Camp Kanata Day Campers eat lunch in the Dining Hall every day. However, they will need to bring a lunch, two snacks, and a refillable water bottle from home. 

Day campers eat at tables with their huddles, and counselors facilitate conversation amongst campers throughout lunch. Day Camp lunchtime is the perfect time to make new friends, cool down, and recharge for an exciting afternoon. Campers sing songs, listen to important announcements, and watch skits during lunch.