healthy summer camp food

What’s To Eat?

“Nearly eleven o’clock”,  said Pooh happily.   “You’re just in time for a little smackerel of something.”

At Iron Horse Motocross Summer Camp…

Food and Hydration is FUEL

Which is to say, these are both very important in our camp as they provide the energy campers need throughout the day and evening. The motorcycles aren’t the only things we need to gas up, after all!  And, we’ve come a long way over the last decade and a half in what we offer to our campers and how we do meals.  We know we’re scoring big whenever parents tell us that their child “raves” about the meals or brags that they get to eat as much as they want all day long.

Food and Hydration is Safety

We learned a long time ago how long a child could last on a dirt bike before he or she needed a break (20 minutes) and that the break needed to include not only hydration (a given in Texas) but also a healthy smackerel of something.  Simply put, FOOD and HYDRATION = SAFETY. 

This is why we provide snacks during ride times.  It’s why we evolved from our humble sandwich-making days in the Tank House to buffet-style hot & cold lunches in our air-conditioned Cafe and with our Overnight Camp program, full-blown breakfast and dinner menu’s.  It’s why we serve even more food and drink at swim time and after. 

Our menu gets improvements and changes as we go, but at this moment in time here is how we feed our campers throughout the day, so their energy level stays as constant as possible and they stay hydrated.  All staff help to check on campers’ hydration throughout each week.  During meals, during snacks, out on the tracks and trails…everyone has to have their water bottle with them and fill it up.

When We Eat & What We Serve

Snacks & Hydration

During each group’s 20 minute break from riding, campers  drink chilled water or gatorade, and eat a variety of crackers with and without peanut butter or cheese, with apple slices.  Sliced by our counselors right on-site, so no one has to eat yucky brown pieces.  Gluten and nut-free snacks provided as requested for those who need these options.  Note: Water alone won’t hydrate enough – what our campers eat helps too. Fresh fruits help with their water content and crackers, with their sodium content, combat sweat-loss to prevent dehydration.  Our Gatorade option helps with its added electrolytes and the kids love the taste!


Menu items include hot and cold food with lots of choices everyday. Included in Overnight Camp weeks and offered as an option for Day Camp:
Hamburgers * Cheeseburgers  * Made to Order Sandwiches * Hot Dogs * Corn Dogs * Digiorno Pizzas * Fresh Fruit & Fixin’s * French Fries * Salads * Chicken Nuggets * Mac & Cheese *  Boiled Eggs * Daily Dessert * Lemonade * Gatorade * Water * Condiments

Food and hydration

Food and hydration

All of our hot foods are cooked or oven-baked fresh on a daily basis.  Our sandwiches are handmade and include deli-style meats and cheeses, PB&J or Nutella choices.  Sample fruits and veggies include grapes, bananas, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, baby carrots, snap peas & sliced dill pickles.  Dessert changes daily, from oversized cookies to ice cream treats, brownies and cupcakes and pudding.  Condiments include staples such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, ranch dressing and picante sauce.











After riding is done for the day, our campers cool off at the Pool where we serve them chilled watermelon slices & frozen ice popsBoth of these help with hydration and taste great! We go through one whole watermelon a day and lots of ice pops, in every imaginable color and flavor.  Very popular!


Swimmers can come on over to the Cafe before the daily video review to get additional snacks that vary by the day and that differ from all else that is offered earlier.  Sample options: Mac & Cheese, Gold Fish, Animal Crackers, handmade cheese Quesadillas, fruit, Moon Pies, Rice Krispie Treats, Knutty Buddies, Cheese Balls, Cereal & Milk…  There are always at least two choices plus iced water, lemonade or gatorade.


Breakfasts are full with choices including such staples as scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, cereal, fruit, OJ & milk as well as special offerings of other delicious items such as sausage kolaches, cinnamon rolls and  breakfast tacos.  

Food and hydration


We consider dinners to be “Kid Gourmet”, meaning home-cooked favorites with all the trimmings and a different dessert each night. There are ALWAYS lots of choices to accommodate special diets, allergies and tastes.  With advance planning,  gluten-free and vegetarian options can be provided if not already available.  As an example, gluten-free pasta and breads and treats can be made available for your camper’s week. See contact link below for Mrs. Turner’s direct number for questions, comments, concerns and pre-planning.  Some parents have also preferred to bring some of their child’s own supply of special foods needed.  Although not necessary, we do have room to store/freeze such items and can plan to incorporate them into their child’s meals during his/her camp week.

For Annelise Turner’s direct number (aka Mrs. Turner/”Lunchlady”), click below:


“PASTA NIGHT” with choices of spaghetti/penne pasta, red/alfredo sauce, choice of a meat (chicken strips/ground beef) or no meat, oven-baked garlic breadsticks, fresh tossed salad with choice of dressing and ice cream cups for dessert.

“TACO NIGHT” with choices of crunchy or soft tacos, chicken or beef, rice & beans, shredded cheese, sour cream, picante, guacamole and Tres Leches cake for dessert

“SOUTHERN HOMESTYLE NIGHT” with oversized breaded chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, baked biscuits with honey and butter and fudgesicles for dessert.

“TENDERLOIN NIGHT” with roasted, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin medallions, buttered/parslied carrots, white rice, yeast rolls and brownies for dessert.


We celebrate the end of a fun day, after the evening swim with a special treat, music and talking about the day.  These can include: S’more’s made campfire-side, Ice Cream Sundaes, Ice Cream Floats, Special Cakes and more.

That’s it in a nut shell for camp food and hydration. Our campers get well taken care of – feed the body, feed the soul!  Or, as Pooh says:
“What could be more important than a little something to eat?”

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