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Daily schedule - Mealtime

“Will I like the food?” is a question we’re often asked, and an important one too!

There is always plenty to choose from at our meals, so you should always be able to find something you’ll love. Our meals are served family-style, so you can serve yourself and choose exactly what, and how much, you would like to eat. Which means that if you’re not sure if you’ll like something … you can take a little bit to try first.

Tanglewood’s cooks prepare and serve healthy, home-cooked food.  We make every effort to buy fresh items from area farms and suppliers. Tanglewood has several gardens and herb beds (cared for by campers) which enable us to step out the back door to snip what is needed for soups, pastas and pizzas. Meals emphasize learning about healthy food choices which include vegetetables, home-made breads, a large salad bar and kid-friendly main dishes. When meals offer meat selctions, we make sure there is a meatless option.

During recreation time we serve fruit to snack on.


Every day there’s a selection of cereals, yogurts and fruit juices, plus whatever delights our morning cook makes. Some of our usual favorites include pancakes, French toast, eggs, bagels, biscuits, coffee cake, fruit salad, home-fries and oatmeal.

Plus, if it’s cold out, hot cocoa.

Lunch & dinner

We have two traditional meals: Sunday evening is spaghetti and Friday lunch is pizza (with many different toppings to choose from). But other than that, our menu varies each week. As well as a main course, we also serve a huge salad bar filled with everything needed to create your very own perfect salad. And fresh bread on the tables.

Some example meals include: sandwiches, burritos or tacos, baked potato bar with soups, mac & cheese, quesadillas, chili, stir-fry, cookouts (for special nights), lasagna, and maybe breakfast for dinner (on special days).

After dinner there’s also fresh baked desserts … yum!

I’m allergic/intolerant to…

Lots of campers (and counselors too!) are allergic to different foods and we try our best to accommodate for everyone. So whether you can’t eat nuts, milk, eggs, apples or anything else, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!

We’re looking for new ideas!

While we often have success serving up great meals to campers, sometimes our cooks try new recipes that are not popular among all campers. Campers share their feelings on food with the kitchen and camp director via the “Suggestion Box” and the suggestions are read aloud after dinner each night. However, with weekly menus made and food ordered in advance, it is often challenging to take camper ideas and put them into place that same week.

To help this situation, Tanglewood is taking your menu/food ideas now so we can get a better understanding of what campers would like to eat. You can send in general ideas, family recipes or other suggestions. Healthy eating choices and food education are a large part of what Tanglewood camp programs are about and we strive to find the balance between tasty and healthy meals.

Our cooks can easily increase serving sizes, so don’t worry about how many people your recipe can serve.

Send your ideas via mail or email to Jessica Decke, Tanglewood Summer Camp Director: 1 Tanglewood Road, Lincolnville, ME  04849 or

Thank you!

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