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I'm really new to this whole vegetarian side of things, I just started 4 or 5 days ago, and am still learning the in's and out's of it. In two days I'm going to church camp, and I'm slightly worried because I know their main dishes are probably always going to be meat-based. I also know there won't be a whole lot of option. So, I guess my question is, what do you do when there isn't an option regarding foood? Just fill up on side dishes? I'm not getting very much support from my mother either. She says to eat the meat this week and then go back to vegetarianism when I get home, but I REALLY don't want to do that. I plan to stick to this, no matter how challenging it is. But I do desperately need some advice.
 

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I'm really new to this whole vegetarian side of things, I just started 4 or 5 days ago, and am still learning the in's and out's of it. In two days I'm going to church camp, and I'm slightly worried because I know their main dishes are probably always going to be meat-based.</div>
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Congrats on going veg! Since you just started, I can see how it could be overwhelming dealing with it at a church camp so soon. Are you able to phone the camp ahead of time? If so, see if they can make a veg* option for you. If not, maybe you'll at least find out what type of meals they are planning so you'd know what you could depend on from them.<br><br><br><br>
I've handled camps this way before: Ask if they will have hot water available and if you can bring a few things to substitute for the meat meals. If so, bring several meals you can eat just by adding water (Simply Asia ones are great and there are lots of others to choose from.) I survived a weak on oatmeal for breakfast, peanut butter and jelly for lunch and ramen for dinner, plus eating whatever sides they had that were vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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There will probably be at least a salad bar and vegetarian options on occassion (cereal, pizza, pasta, mac and cheese, etc.). It isn't the best choice but if you have to you can survive on salad for a week. If you're allowed to bring food back a lot of non-perishable items so you can snack when you get back to your bunk (granola bars, fruit leathers, crackers, PB, etc.)
 

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I've attended a few bazillion church camps back in the olden days (unfortunately, they were all done when I was omni <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"> ), but if I had to do it again... knowing what I know now... I would stash BOATLOADS of snacks in my pack and keep it well hidden from everyone else. Cliff bars, luna bars, lara bars, stonewall's jerkee, raw nuts of all sorts, dried fruit of all types, instant oatmeal packets that I could eat dry (yep, dry), GORP, various types of nut butters to get me on... anything I could find that would pack well and last nicely in just about every climate imaginable.<br><br><br><br>
Back when I did the church camp thing, they wouldn't allow for special foods OR special requests, but there were a few things that I could have managed with. Most of the meals came with a simple salad ("simple" being the key word here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"> ) and most of the breakfasts came with fruit of some form - even if it DID look like it took a veeery slow boat to China before coming to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:"><br><br><br><br>
Worse upon worse, I'd fill up on what I could (fruit, salad) and hope it works well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I know church camps have probably changed a lot since my ancient days but yea, if I had to do it all again, that's how I would do it... especially if I couldn't make other arrangements in advance.<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps a bit and good luck with staying veg during camp. I hope it goes really well with you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I second all of the above. i have attended and worked at a camp for those w/ diabetes for years... most being veggie and a few years as nearly vegan. and it was terrible at times, living on pb and j, sometimes 2-3 times/days!!<br><br><br><br>
but i would recommend bringing soy milk, any veg bread or bagel... you can eat them anytime. if there is a microwave or toaster oven you could use, bring a box of veg burgs that you could easily heat. it wont be a culinary feast each night, but you can survive!!<br><br>
good luck.
 

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I'm 99.9% sure that there will be something veggie-friendly there. Most places now offer a vegetarian option because of the amount of people now turning towards that lifestyle, not to mention even omnis eat vegetarian a lot of the time - macaroni cheese, pizza, fries, peanut butter sandwiches, etc so I'm sure something like that will be there too, because let's face it, omnis couldn't live off meat based meals all the time as eventually they would get bored of it no matter what they say!<br><br><br><br>
If you're still unsure, I think it would be wise to call the camp before you go and ask what sort of food is available and if you have your doubts about anything on the menu, ask them if they'd be willing to prepare something veg for you.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Unfortunately, I think what Luna is saying about there always being veggie options is a lot more common in the UK than elsewhere. I recommend you phone ahead to warn them, and as what they can do.<br><br><br><br>
There is a thread on this in the teen section too, which you may find helpful.
 
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