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Not Your Average “Camp Food”

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A line of energetic campers files out the door, awaiting the signal for dinnertime to begin. They stir with anticipation as the word gets out about tonight’s menu. Someone shouts, “It’s barbacoa night!” followed by a chorus of cheers and applause.

The made-from-scratch barbacoa taco meal with homemade queso sauce is just one of the favorites at Miracle Camp. Unlike a week of grilled cheese and chicken nuggets every day, we value variety, high quality, and nutrition, redefining the stereotype of “camp food.” Every meal, campers are provided an array of options: a different main course and sides, along with a salad bar and selection of desserts. Breakfast includes differing main meal options and features a regular oatmeal and yogurt bar. Menu plans are designed accordingly for each week’s age group, implementing unique ideas, such as the bread bar during Senior High camp.

A large amount of planning is required for the 50,000+ meals served between May and September. Not only do we strive for accuracy in quantity and excellence in taste, but accommodations for allergies are a high priority. Once the kitchen staff is aware of an allergy, they deliberately provide alternative food options for those who need gluten-free, dairy-free, or other selections.

We are privileged to have Beau Graf as our Director of Dining Services. Previously working in our kitchen for three summers (from 1997-1999), Beau joined our full-time staff in May 2014. He works diligently along with 24 part-time employees to ensure that our dining exceeds expectations.

Good food is a significant component of the camp experience. We are delighted when campers and guests are pleased with the cheesy potatoes, glazed ham, or carved pork loin with apple-cranberry chutney. And who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie mallow-bar?

We desire to provide excellent food to enhance your stay with us. If you would like to find out more about our dining services, click the button below!

Culinary Arts Internship Opportunity!

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For over fifty years now, Miracle Camp has existed to facilitate life change by helping people draw closer to God. While the year-round events we facilitate for our guests are designed with this in mind, Internships also provide a meaningful avenue for us to facilitate life change for transitioning students. Interning with us provides opportunities for personal growth while serving alongside our full time staff in a specific area of interest.

Knowing how to choose a career path without the benefit of much work experience can be a challenge even for the most prepared students. While schooling can enlighten us with new ideas, the classroom doesn’t often provide opportunities for practical application. An internship, on the other hand, provides specific opportunities to gain valuable experience in a field before committing to a future course.

Your vocation represents the biggest time commitment in life, and the place we have the most opportunity for relationship with others. For our interns, this means we equally value the work that happens behind-the-scenes and on the stage; no matter what type of career path you are preparing to take, our program will give you the tools to see your workplace as a mission field for you to creatively pursue your God-given purpose.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts “the demand for head chefs, cooks and other culinary specialists is on the rise. The agency has gathered the numbers and determined that the field will grow by an estimated 9 percent between 2014 and 2024.” Here at Miracle Camp, Chef Beau Graf has been faithfully serving our guests since 2014. As a trained chef with over 16 years of experience in commercial kitchens and working with vendors, Beau is excited to share his knowledge and help prepare interns with skills for ministry in culinary arts.

Applicants for the Culinary Arts Internship will be eager to learn basic cooking principles, knife technique, baking and grilling, as well as more restaurant management skills like ordering, inventory and production planning.  In addition to team-based training and individual career coaching, the Culinary Arts intern will receive ServSafe Certification and attend the CCCA Cooks Advance Retreat.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Culinary Arts Internship, in addition to accepting 2019 applications for our other areas of emphasis. For more information, click on the button below!