Food at Beyond Akeela

The majority of meals campers will eat at the Franklin Pierce University dining hall. These meals are prepared by the university’s amazing team of chefs and cooks. We do not make a big deal of food, and want campers to feel nourished while they are at camp. Food will never be used as a punishment or reward in the Beyond Akeela community. We have been able to accommodate self-labeled “picky” eaters at Beyond Akeela, and encourage families to reach out if they have questions about the food offerings at camp.

Below is a sense of what the dining hall has to offer on a typical day:

  • Breakfasts typically include a variety of egg, pancake/waffle, potato, and breakfast meat options. Cereal, fruit, and yogurt are always available.
  • At lunches and dinners, teens can always expect to see plain pasta, grilled chicken, hot dogs, and hamburgers options. The chef’s team prepares a variety of entrees, usually with a protein, starch, and vegetable, for each meal as well. There is also a consistent salad bar available.

Dietary Needs/Preferences

The food services team is very accommodating of all eaters, and enjoy making a variety of options to cater to everyone in the community. Teens come to Beyond Akeela with a variety of dietary needs and preferences, including but not limited to vegan/vegetarian diets, nut free, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free. Please let us know if your teen has any specific dietary needs through the Health History Form. If your teen has a very specific diet that requires additional explanation, please call us to discuss the diet.

Sending Food to Camp

Beyond Akeela provides breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack each day. If you would like to send your teen with some snacks, that is okay, however we ask that you refrain from sending sugary snacks/drinks with them. Beyond Akeela is an opportunity to practice making healthy dietary choices and ask that families support us in that mission. Please keep in mind there are no refrigerators available to campers for personal use.

Healthy Choices at Beyond Akeela

When campers enter the dining hall each meal, they will be presented with a variety of menu options, some healthier than others. Staff encourage campers to try new foods and maintain a balanced diet while at camp, but do not control their food intake. Campers make independent decisions about their food, and staff are present at all meals.


Family Handbook Table of Contents

  1. About Beyond Akeela
  2. Camp Forms
  3. Camper Travel and Luggage
  4. Packing List & Purchasing Camp Clothing
  5. Laundry, Electronics Policy, and Spending Money
  6. Communication: E-mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
  7. Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
  8. Food at Beyond Akeela
  9. Success at Beyond Akeela
  10. Camper Code of Conduct