Nutrition & Health

What’s on the Menu this Summer

Three times a day, the camp community gathers in our Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) to dine together. Camp Newman’s staff and Cal Maritime’s professional, year-round kitchen staff have worked together to design menus that are nutritious, age-appropriate, delicious – and that every child will enjoy! Counselors also eat with their campers to help them make healthy eating decisions.

All sessions eat together at assigned tables, with Junior Camp (3rd-8th) eating before Teen Camp (9th-12th). On Friday nights after our Shabbat service, we have a traditional, festive Shabbat camp meal with the entire camp together, followed by spirited Israeli dancing under the stars. During each meal time, we say Hamotzi (blessing over the meal) before we eat and chant Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals) after we eat. We also read the announcements, have “pill call” for campers who take prescribed medications,  and hear the upcoming highlights for the day.


Here’s just a sampling of the food we serve. Fresh fruit is available at every meal, as well as pasta, a full salad bar, and sunbutter & jelly (a peanut butter substitute) during lunch and dinner.

WARNING: Reading this menu might cause you to become really, really hungry!!

On the Menu

BreakfastLunchDinnerSnacks in Dining Hall Drinks
DAILY ITEMS:DAILY ITEMS:DAILY ITEMS:Fresh fruit (Daily)Milk (soy, chocolate and plain)
Cold Cereal Salad Bar Salad Bar Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwiches (Daily)Naturally-flavored waters (e.g., lime)
Fresh Eggs (never powdered!)Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwiches (Daily)*Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwiches*Juice bar
Yogurt & Cottage Cheese ROTATING ITEMS:ROTATING ITEMS:* Counselors also provide daily morning & afternoon snacks
Fruit & Veggies Pizza and/or pasta with sauce choices Pizza and/or pasta with sauce choices
ROTATING ITEMS:Grilled Cheese & Roasted Tomato BisqueHamburgers, Veggie Burgers & Hot Dogs
PancakesMac 'n' Cheese BBQ Brisket
Breakfast burritos Chicken Tenders Orange Chicken, Veggie Lo Mein & Egg Rolls
Bagels & Cream Cheese Corn Dogs Salmon
French Toast BBQ ChickenFish Tacos
Tater totsCheese or Veggie QuesadillasPasta Bar Night
Veggie SausageChicken SchnitzelRavioli primavera
Tacos or Sloppy JoesLasagne
Roast Beef or Fried Chicken

* All meals served kosher style, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. 



Cal Maritime’s dining team has extensive experience with helping students and faculty with specific dietary needs. They even have helpful TV monitors that display which daily food selections are vegetarian or gluten free. All meals are served kosher style, and there are always vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Campers with specific allergies are given direct and individual accommodations and support. Campers and staff who eat only kosher meat always have vegetarian options available and/or fish entrees, when served. We and the Cal Maritime dining team are committed to doing our absolute best to work with you on any specific food needs. If you have any questions about our summer meal program or your child’s dietary limitations, please call the camp office!




Our Mirp’ah (Health Center) is staffed by qualified volunteer nurses and physicians who give their time each summer to ensure the health, safety and well being of our campers. This staff is on hand 24/7 if the need arises, and administer prescribed medications and first aid to campers.

For our complete Medical F.A.Q., click here.