Food and Nutrition

Due to Leave No Trace camping ethics, we seldom build fires. You will be cooking on gas camp stoves. With coaching from your instructors, you learn backcountry cooking techniques and are responsible for helping with the preparation of all meals. Your diet will be a mix of dehydrated foods, fresh fruits and vegetables. We use rice, beans, tortillas, granola, oatmeal, crackers, salami, cheese, peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, pasta and trail mixes.

The amount of physical activity you experience during your course demands a nutritious diet to help fuel your body. Junk food is not available on course. To prepare, we suggest you cut down on candy, soft drinks, coffee, pastries and other junk foods. Moderating caffeine, alcohol and tobacco consumption will contribute to your fitness. These products will not be part of your Outward Bound course; a clear head and fast reflexes are essential to safety and success on course. If you are overweight, don’t go on a crash diet to shed extra pounds; you will only deplete the strength you want to develop. Please check with our Medical Screener to set a realistic goal for weight loss and stay committed.


The following list represents common meals at Outward Bound (this is not a menu)


  • Bagels and cream cheese
  • Pancakes with butter and syrup
  • Cream of wheat
  • Grits with cheese and dried fruit
  • Grapenuts or Granola and soy milk or cow’s milk
  • Oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar
  • Huevos Rancheros: eggs, salsa, cheese and black beans on tortillas


  • Peanut butter and Jelly on tortillas
  • Pizza: pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato paste, pita bread
  • Hummus with carrots, cheese and crackers
  • Salami with cheese and crackers
  • Beans Galore: black beans, red beans, white beans, corn, onion, Italian dressing on tortillas
  • Tuna and cheese on pita bread


  • Pasta Alfredo: Rotini with alfredo sauce and mushrooms
  • Burritos: refried beans and rice with salsa and cheese
  • Tuna Mac: Macaroni with cheese, parmesan cheese, tuna and milk
  • Stir Fry: Rice and chicken with vegetables, coconut milk and curry powder
  • Veggie Chili with rice, cheese, onion and cornbread
  • Tacos: Natures Burger with tomato paste, cheese, onion and Tortilla 

Drinks (other than water)

  • Cocoa
  • Tea
  • Drink mix 


  • Fruit (oranges, apples)
  • Trail mixes (many varieties)
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Pretzels