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Kids love Skylake Food!

We truly believe Sklyake provides the best summer camp food in America. We cook from scratch, emphasizing locally grown fresh organic fruits and vegetables at every meal. We cater to all tastes from fresh pasta with no sauce to a grilled portabella instead of cheeseburger for our vegetarian campers and staff. Fun and creative desserts are served at every dinner. Every parent wonders if their child will get enough to eat at summer camp. Our policy is always “all you can eat” and our variety of foods at every meal means no child leaves our dining room hungry.

Campers eat with the campers from their cabin and with their counselor at their own table.  The counselor is there to make sure the campers are getting to eat what they want and to make sure campers are eating a balanced and proper meal. Meal times are also another great time for staff to meet with campers and talk about the day and how everyone is doing.

Breakfast at Skylake is served every morning from 8:15 until 8:45. Campers can go through both the hot and the cold buffet lines. The cold buffet has three or four types of cold cereal to choose from along with fresh fruit, cottage cheese, bagels and cream cheese. Campers looking for a more substantial breakfast head for the hot buffet line that always has pancakes or French toast, bacon or sausage, eggs of different varieties and fresh baked pastry items.

(The Breakfast menu is on a seven day rotation.)
Scrambled eggs
Spring Vegetable Frittata
Country Potatoes with Red Bell Peppers
Blueberry Pancakes
Bagels & Sour DoughToast
Granola, Fruit Loops, Cheerios and Corn Flakes
Hot Cream of Wheat
Fresh Melons and Fresh Oranges
Yogurt, nuts, and raisins
Orange Juice

Lunch is always a fun meal at Skylake. The variety of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, Mexican buffet, pizzas and the deli sandwich day fill all kids desire for the fun foods of summer. “Burger Friday” is a highlight of the lunches when the campers get their burgers right off the BBQ. Meals at Skylake are always fun and end with camp songs and a lot of foot stomping and clapping.

(The lunch menu is on a seven day rotation.)
Grilled cheddar cheese sandwich (white, wheat, or rye breads) or
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Tomato Soup with Parmesan croutons
French Fries
Macaroni and Cheese
Full Vegetable/ Salad Bar
Fresh fruit selection
Chocolate covered Frozen Bananas

Dinner at Skylake is always a major event of the day. Campers are usually starved from a full day of activities and the goal at dinner is great food and a lot of it. There are always full vegetarian alternatives when the prime entree is a meat dish. Pasta is always a favorite at camp and we offer a huge variety during the summer with everything from traditional spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, and fettuccine to the more exotic items such as angel hair with fresh basil and roma tomatoes.

BBQ Tri Tip Steak
Eggplant Parmesan
Fettuccine Alfredo
Fresh Green Beans
Baked Potato-Sour Cream/chives
Full Vegetable/Salad Bar
Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls
Fresh Berry Cobbler & whipped cream

What's on our VEGETABLE/SALAD BAR? - (Available every lunch and dinner)
Lettuce-Romaine and Red Leaf
Cherry Tomatoes or Tomato wedges
Kidney Beans and Garbanzo Beans
Blue Cheese and Feta Cheese
Hard boiled Eggs
Peperoncini and pickles
Cucumbers and mushrooms
Croutons and Chow Mein Noodles
Potato Salads/Pineapple Cole Slaw/Macaroni Salads
Sliced luncheon meats
Peas and corn
Fresh Melon
Mandarin Orange segments
Sunflower seeds and walnuts
Cottage Cheese
Steamed Vegetables
White Rice
Baked Potato-(Sour cream and green onions)
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Dressings-Blue Cheese, Ranch, 1000 Island, Olive Oil/Red Wine Vinegar/Balsamic Vin.

More details you might like to know:

  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables from nearby farms at every meal
  • Most of our Bread is either proofed and baked on site or purchased from the fabulous Basque Bakery in Fresno
  • Dinner chef has been with Skylake for 10 years
  • Our salad and vegetable buffet has over 40 items that are constantly rotated
  • Always vegetarian alternative when primary course is a meat dish
  • Fresh local milk from Rosa Bros. that includes whole and 2% along with incredible chocolate, strawberry and orange-cream
  • No canned soup or powdered cheese mixes at Skylake-we cook from scratch
  • Special dinners such as a full Thanksgiving Dinner or Chinese food night
  • French toast with whipped cream and strawberries
  • A dining room that is alive and LOUD with laughter and chatter
  • Cabin walk suppers on Sunday night are always a fun change of pace
  • Surprise pizza deliveries to cabins at night are sure to please
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal/raisin are a great lunch time dessert
  • Each week Skylake consumes 63 gallons of homemade Italian ice and ice creams, all made with only the freshest milk, cream and fruit
  • We use whipped cream that comes from the mixer not from the can
  • Our youngest campers eat outside on the lakeside porch
  • Every Wednesday we celebrate "Very Merry Berry Wednesday"


Skylake Bibliography of cookbooks:
Professional Cooking, 5th Edition, Wayne Gisslen
Professional Baking, 4th Edition, Wayne Gisslen
A Real American Breakfast, Bill Jamison
Red Hot Chili Pepper, Jenni Fleetwood
The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook, Gloria Miller
The Complete Book of Pasta, Jeni Wright