Our trail meals are tasty, highest quality and plentiful! Trip menus are designed by the leaders, who choose from a wide variety of options out of our wilderness trip cookbook. These meals include but are not limited to: pizza, macaroni and cheese (from scratch!), vegetable stir-fry, Mexican casserole or burritos, fresh baked desserts, soup and biscuits, hummus and veggie wraps, tuna or chicken salad sandwiches, scrambled eggs and English muffins, pancakes and sausage, French toast and more. Fresh fruit, trail mixes, dried fruit and pretzels keep us fueled between meals.
While our variety of meat, dairy, and vegetables is limited beyond day three or four of a trip, we strive to keep meals as balanced as possible by using dehydrated fruits and vegetables and canned chicken or fish. Cheeses, nuts, and beans become the main protein sources each day, and things like apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, and onions can keep up to ten days! (Trips over ten days will receive a resupply half way through.) Because of the demanding physical nature of many of our trips, we rely largely on simple carbohydrates as a base for many meals. That being said, we happily accommodate a participant’s dietary needs whenever possible.
Allergies, Dietary Needs, and Special Preferences
It is extremely important to let us know about any allergies or food preferences well before the trip (at least 1 month prior) so that the leaders can plan and pack the food appropriately! There are many options and alternatives available to suit individual needs, and we are accustomed to packing and preparing meals that are dairy-free, nut-free, wheat or gluten-free, or vegetarian.
Our food and logistics facility can easily accommodate vegetarians, dairy/lactose free diets, and nut allergies, but wheat and gluten allergies get a little more complicated due to the amount of wheat and grain products in our meals, particularly breakfasts and lunches. In these instances it is helpful for you to send along alternatives to bread and cereal. Sometimes parents will also send along a special pancake/biscuit mixes for mornings that pancakes or coffee cake are on the menu. We can occasionally order specialty items from our distributor, so please make it a point to call and talk with us about it!