What About My Special Dietary Requirements

We have a team of people who handle our special dietary requirements.

If you need to make a query about special diets, please email: ua.moc.stuocs.wsn.eerobuc|steid.laiceps#ua.moc.stuocs.wsn.eerobuc|steid.laiceps

Frequently asked questions

I have a special diet, do you know about it?

Only if you have told us through the Cuboree system. Log on to your account and check your diet is there. You can make changes to the system up until October. After that, you will need to email us.

Is my diet special?

You will receive an email from the Cuboree team regarding your diet in October. Many of the "special diets" are actually covered by the standard menu provided. A few will have some substitutes to the menu and some may just be advisory for you to avoid a particular component. Check out the details at the bottom of this page.

What can I do to ensure my special diet is met?

Three important things:

1. Make sure your Cuboree online system record gives as much detail as possible about your requirements. If we don't know, we can't help.

2. Talk to the cooks who will be preparing your food at Cuboree. Many of these volunteers are parents who will not have catered for your special diet before - this can cause them and you a lot of stress. If, for example, you are allergic to nuts, talk to the cooks about what this means to you - what you can eat, what you should avoid, how you manage it at home, if it is mild or severe.

3. If you have a particular dietary need, bring with you at least one day's worth of food from home as dry, packaged goods. If we have not catered appropriately for you, we will resolve it in the first 24 hours - and you will have a back-up plan! If we get it right - no harm, you can take your reserved food home with you.

How will my special diet be delivered to me?

Cubs and Line Leaders: If you are being provided a different meal or component for a meal to the rest of your Unit, it will be provided to the cooks with the main food delivery and labelled with your name.
Service Leaders and Junior Service Leaders: Your meal will be prepared and served separately at a special diets counter in the servery. Make yourself know to the catering team at your first meal and they will provide you with full details.

Coeliac, Gluten Free and Yeast Free diets

These dietary needs require a substituted diet for many components of the menu, especially bread, pasta and some sauces. If you have elected this diet, you will receive alternatives where the menu contains wheat or yeast.

Our understanding: Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin, a prolamin (gluten protein) found in wheat, and similar proteins found in the crops of the tribe Triticeae (which includes other common grains such as barley and rye).

Wheat subspecies (such as spelt and durum) and related species (such as barley, rye, triticale and Kamut) also induce symptoms of coeliac disease.[20] A small minority of people with coeliac also react to oats. It is most probable that oats produce symptoms due to cross-contamination with other grains in the fields or in the distribution channels. Therefore, oats are generally not recommended. However, many companies assure the 'purity' of oats and are therefore still able to be consumed through these sources.

Other cereals such as maize, millet, sorghum, teff, rice, and wild rice are safe for people with coeliac to consume, as well as noncereals such as amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat. Noncereal carbohydrate-rich foods such as potatoes and bananas do not contain gluten and do not trigger symptoms.

Diabetic, Low Sodium, Low Cholesterol, Low Fat, Low Salt diets

All menu items served at Cuboree cater for these diets, if eaten in moderation. Most participants who have this special dietary requirement are used to self-control of their food intake and we advise you to continue that moderation at Cuboree. The diet is portion controlled across salt and fat levels with wholesome fresh food provided.

No Seafood

We do not have any seafood on the menu for Cuboree except the sauce used in the evening meals may have trace anchovy as a small part of the ingredients list. This generally does not cause any issues for non-seafood eaters but if you are likely to have an allergic reaction to this, please let us know so an alternative can be provided, please email moc.liamg|steidlaicepseerobuc#moc.liamg|steidlaicepseerobuc.

Hindu, Halal, Kosher and Religious diets

For those that have requested a specific religious diet, we will be providing a full menu suited to your needs. We have discussed the various types of religious diets with our religious advisors and sourced products specifically for you that cater to our understanding of the most orthodox views from your religion. If you need to check we have adequately responded to your needs, please email moc.liamg|steidlaicepseerobuc#moc.liamg|steidlaicepseerobuc.

No dairy, no egg, nut free, no lactose

These diets require an adjustment to many of the components of the Cuboree menu. If you have selected this diet, alternative menu items will be supplied to your Pack site for you. Dairy is a major component of our diet. We will provide a soy milk alternative where required. If this does not suit your needs, you should contact us as we may not be able to provide a suitable alternative - please email moc.liamg|steidlaicepseerobuc#moc.liamg|steidlaicepseerobuc. You may wish to bring your own milk from home.

Most of our supplied food is already nut free, but there may be some snack foods that contain nuts. In this situation, a nut free alternative will be provided for you. As the site is not totally "nut-free" you should exercise the same caution as you would at work/school/home in managing your condition.

There are a very small number of egg allergies this year, so egg is back on the menu. The Thursday breakfast in particular will contain a raw egg. Two Packs will not receive this ingredient since they have a severe allergy on their site. Other components will include traces of eggs such as cakes and desserts. The ingredients of these components will be available to cooks when delivered so they may advise you of the contents. For severe allergies, alternative menu options will be provided. As the site is not totally "egg-free" you should exercise the same caution as you would at work/school/home in managing your condition. You should discuss the severity of your allergy with the cooks on your pack site.

Vegan and Vegetarian diets

Most meals contain a meat component. Your diet will have a substitute product in place of meat.

Our Understanding: Vegetarian diets will not contain meat. They will contain egg and dairy products. Vegan diets do not contain milk, eggs or dairy - and the vegan may have varying levels of acceptance of those products.

Preservative Free

Mass catering and modern production methods make food preservatives a major component of providing cost-effective food. Where possible, we buy fresh food that is generally preservative free. We also avoid food with additives, colourings, etc. As the site is not totally "preservative-free" you should exercise the same caution as you would at work/school/home in managing your condition. You should discuss the severity of your allergy with the cooks on your pack site. The ingredients of the products are available on site for you to read should you wish.

Other diets

Many "Other" diets relate to mild food allergies such as kiwi fruit, cocoa, capsicum or soy. We have reviewed the notes you have supplied us about your particular needs and we will respond to you directly if there is a particular menu item we think will conflict with your dietary needs. You should exercise the same caution as you would at work/school/home in managing your condition. You should discuss the severity of your allergy with the cooks on your pack site.

Some participants have a very specific dietary need that you have advised us of. We will be in touch with you directly to ensure we know your particular needs.

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