Camp, Candy & College


It was a big oops this morning as we realized that we’d messed up who was posting today.  So I started browsing through old posts to see if there were any worth reviving.  And stumbled across something I wrote back in 2005 about summer camp and no candy rules.  Seems relevant to revisit as I read more and more about rules to restrict “fun foods” in schools and the like, in an attempt to battle childhood obesity problems.

The old post shares my relief that my son’s camp rethought its former and long-held stance that forbade candy, acknowledging that the camp director viewed Snickers as a survival food.  I also shared how my son was progressing from his definite predilection for sugar, so much so that he forgot to pack candy even when it was allowed.  You can read the whole discourse titled “Getting Over Candy” if you’re so inclined.

I’m proud to report my son graduated from high school this last weekend. His summer camp days are over but now it’s off to college soon where I’m confident he’s well prepared to face college eating challenges without misguided notions that could interfere with his ability to make smart choices.

Do you have any stories to share about summer camp food?  What about at college?

7 responses to “Camp, Candy & College”

  1. Very timely! My daughter just left (to be a counselor) at camp this morning. She’s been going there since 7. They have a no-candy policy for care packages, but that’s because they SELL CANDY EVERY DAY from the camp store, and they feel “that’s enough.” Tell me about it!!!!

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  2. Marsha says:

    Sounds like a good way to try to enforce a bit of moderation. Glad to hear they don’t forbid it.

  3. Karell says:

    Hello, new visitor here. I wandered over at Cranky Fitness’ bidding yesterday and founf my way back today.
    I actually found that I lost weight at college, in part due to being busier, more active, and less inclined to eat because it’s mealtime as one would at home or in high school where everyone has lunch at the same time, but also because I was on a mealplan my first year and found it easy to make healthy choices when they were as convenient as the unhealthy choices. I definitely helped myself to pizza and dessert at buffets as well, but the allure lessens when they’re always available. My second year I was still in a dorm w/o a kitchen, but didn’t have a meal plan and did even better, since I lived on salads, cereal, soup, and other foods that were convenient to someone with only a small fridge and microwave.
    I attribute the ease of the transition to my parents- I knew how to cook, had a taste for fruit and vegetables, and rarely drank soda. I assume your son has had similar “training.” Good luck to him! I just graduated college in May and am already missing it a bit. 🙂

  4. Marsha says:

    Good job, parents!! And good job to you, too, Karell. And a big congrats on the college graduation. We’ve been hearing so much about tough times finding a job for new college grads. How’s it going for you?

  5. Gina says:

    I must say, if I was not allowed to have candy at camp, or when I was away form my parents, I would have gone CRAZY in college (as in, I would have gone on a serious candy binge). I mean I understand restrictions of bake sales, since many schools have them everyday and that’s not good, but if a child grows up not being given the chance to make his or her own decisions about food, they will rebel in college. Basically, college, especially my freshman year, was full of so many opportunities to gorge in candy, pizza, beer, etc. But since I had dealt with all these “pressures” my whole life, I knew how to control myself and manage my intake. I probably still gained a couple pounds, but fifteen? No way!

  6. When I went to camp and college I was widely aware of eating disorders and was very proud of my body and “healthy” eating attitude. Back then I could eat anything I wanted without gaining weight; sugar and junk food was a way for me to bond with people. In my mind, it was a wonderful time, but it also set the stage for what would become a 5-year cycle of bingeing and anorexia.

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  7. Ellen says:

    Now, there are “what kind of candy is allowed” rules! Of course, no peanuts or treenuts, but now there is NO canteen. If we take everything away, does this not create a situation where children do not learn to make good decisions for themselves?

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