Food and Health at The Heart

Frankly, we resent the stereotypical image of camp food consisting of powdered eggs, beanie weanies and red fruit punch. We’ve been foodies since before there was a term for foodies. We take pride in healthful, varied menus, and foods made from scratch. Every day we have salad and soup bar to supplement lunch and supper, and oatmeal options at every breakfast.

Our wellness center is called Orenda, the Iroquois word meaning healing spirit. Our registered nurse lives on camp with us to oversee all aspects of our health, from distribution of routine meds, to patching up a skinned knee. When a situation requires attention beyond our capacity, she sees to it that the camper or counselor has access to professional services in Kerrville.

Meals at The Heart

Food at The Heart is served family-style. Two counselors head each table with eight campers. Everyone rotates to a new table each week so they are able to sit and enjoy meals with new friends. In addition to what is served at the table, there are supplemental breakfast and salad bars to provide extra choices. The active lifestyle of campers calls for lots of protein and energy producing carbs, which camp menus reflect. While there is no guarantee every meal will be a favorite, diverse likes and dislikes, allergies and dietary restrictions are taken into consideration in the planning. We try to make each meal from scratch and not mixes. Every day we have homemade bread and homemade ice cream (a tradition we adopted from our brother camp, Stewart). Many ingredients are locally sourced in the farm-to-table manner. Campers are encouraged to try three bites of everything. Just as in the daily tepee inspection, campers earn tribe points for good table manners. After lunch and dinner, the entire dining hall joins in song from our cherished songbooks (and as it turns out, group singing has proven psychological benefits). Even if it’s your first time at camp, you’ll quickly catch on to our quirky tunes.

Menu items are selected to provide nutritional meals that appeal to campers. A sample menu has been provided below. When feeding many people, we understand that it’s important to provide choices. We often present different entrees for vegetarians, and many vegetarian choices are available on the salad bar at each meal. Some of the daily options, in addition to our regular menu items, include:

King Ranch chicken, spaghetti and meat sauce, fajitas, chicken tetrazzini, macaroni and cheese, meat loaf with gravy, chicken pot pie, seafood jambalaya, taco salad, sweet and sour pork.


Breakfast


At every breakfast we offer: Juice, Milk, Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Cold Cereal, and Yogurt. 

Breakfast selections vary daily.

Selections may include:

  • Pancakes
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Omelets
  • Breakfast Pizza
  • Breakfast Tacos
  • French Toast
  • Bacon
  • Sausage


Lunch


At every lunch we offer: Tea, Water, Lemonade, Soup, Salad Bar, and Fresh Fruit.

Our main course varies daily, and as a rule, the lunch is a more substantial meal than supper is.

Selections may include:

  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Baked Chicken
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Lasagna
  • Hot Sandwiches
  • Fried Chicken
  • Smoked Brisket
  • Chicken Parmesan


Dinner


At every dinner we offer: Tea, Water, Lemonade, Soup, Salad Bar, and Fresh Fruit.

Our dinner courses change daily.

Selections may include:

  • Spaghetti
  • Fish Tacos
  • Chili Dogs
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Meatloaf
  • Steak Fingers
  • Hamburger
  • Taco Bar

The items above are subject to change.

If your camper has a food allergy and you have questions regarding our accommodations for that particular allergy, please call our camp office at (830) 238-4650.

We inform our kitchen staff, nurses, and counselors of camper allergies and food sensitivities.

Health Care at The Heart

Our health center is called Orenda and is staffed by a qualified nurse each term. All of our counselors are certified in basic first aid and CPR, so always consult them first. If campers are on regular medication, the nurse is the sole dispenser and she will determine how the medication will be administered to conform to doctor’s orders. Healthy campers are happy campers, and we want all Heart girls to stay happy!
Each term our Registered Nurse lives on site as our first responder. Orenda, the wellness center, is located in the Lodge for easy access by our younger campers. She carries a walkie-talkie and remains on call at all hours. Should your camper come down with an illness, you will be contacted on an as-needed basis with updates of your child’s well being.
Medicines are dispensed primarily at breakfast and dinner. We highly recommend only sending medication your camper takes daily. Don’t worry about sending medicine “just in case.” Orenda is equipped to handle illnesses of all sorts.
Homesickness is a normal experience for campers, especially in their first year. It affects some children more than others, however. Experts have different opinions on how to handle it effectively, but we encourage families to reassure their camper that despite missing the comforts of home and family, camp will be a safe, fun place to experience lots of new things. Always accent the positive, and do not reflect any concerns you may have as an adult onto your camper!

Our experience is that at camp it is normally not a genuine desire to return home that a camper experiences, but rather discomfort or uncertainty in an unfamiliar situation (i.e. a disagreement in the tepee, a stern word from a counselor, or anxiety in facing a new experience, such as swimming in the river, or getting on a horse), that the camper is facing. Campers will often mask the true impetus of their troubles with homesickness in order to get around the situation. During orientation, our counselors are trained on how to identify and address homesickness with campers of all ages. We also ask the counselors to report to the Head Staff any concerning cases, so that an extra set of eyes can be watching out for any signs of distress.

On some occasions, a camper will participate 100% in activities, appear happy to the staff, yet write letters home about being homesick. If you receive any homesick letters, please do not hesitate to give us a call so that we may work together on any concerns and successfully solve any issues so that the camper can get the most out of her camp experience.