Health & Nutrition

Camp Pinnacle Food

This was Connor’s first time at camp (and away from me). He had a great time and can’t stop talking about the food. He is a picky eater, so it worried me that he wouldn’t eat, but he couldn’t stop talking about the food. He loved it! – Susan Brodnax, Hendersonville, NC

Every year, our campers rate Chef Richard’s food as outstanding. Some say it’s even the highlight of camp! We start off the day with a hot breakfast, and kids can grab a snack (usually fruit) at any time. Lunch is served buffet-style, and campers are free to sit with anyone they choose. A filling and delicious dinner, served family-style, greets everyone in the evening. Several times each session, we all gather at the waterfront for a cookout.

We make everything from scratch, and we source most of our food locally from farmers’ markets and nearby farms. Our milk even comes from a local creamery. Our food is healthy but kid-friendly, and campers always have several choices—even the pickiest eaters love our food! We offer cooking and baking classes as part of the program, and we maintain a Grade A (98.5 percent) health rating.

We can easily accommodate most allergies. Chef Richard will meet with you and your camper on Opening Day to discuss your child’s dietary needs. Gluten- and nut-free foods have a separate prep and serving station. We can accommodate:

  • Vegetarians
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Nut-free

However, we regret that we are unable to accommodate kosher or vegan diets.

Click here to read more about Chef Richard’s philosophy on food!

Health Center

Our goal at Camp Pinnacle is a safe summer with few medical issues, and this starts with counselor training. All of our counselors are trained in Wilderness First Aid, and many counselors have gained the more advanced Wilderness First Responder certification. They run activities appropriately, and consistently check on cuts, scrapes, blisters, and bug bites, and make sure our campers wash their hands, take showers, brush their teeth, and stay hygienic—even in an outdoor environment.

We have a fully staffed health center which is open 24/7 and staffed by registered nurses and nursing assistants. While our goal is that our nurses dispense more hugs than Band-Aids, they are always there to address the medical needs of our campers. They also dispense all prescription and over-the-counter medications. We have partnered with Western North Carolina University as a training site for camp nurses, and a local pediatrician, family medicine specialist, and medical residency instructor, Dr. Andy Morris, makes rounds as needed. Camp is located 10 minutes away from Pardee Hospital and several pharmacies in Hendersonville.

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