WHAT IS CAMP?
Red Card’s white label CAMP app was founded in 2011 as a way to feed student athletes off-campus while remaining compliant with NCAA rules. It is now used by universities across the Power 5 conferences as well as mid-majors to feed thousands of athletes every day.
HOW ARE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENTS USING CAMP?
Training table meals are valuable however they get expensive and the student athletes lose interest. Many schools have swapped out some Training table meals with CAMP meals. It costs a fraction of the money, saves staff time, and provides the athletes some flexibility.
CAMP meals average $9 per meal and are only charged if the student athlete actually orders food whereas training table meals and dining meal plans can be as high as $23 per student athlete and are often charged whether the student athlete uses their meal swipe or not. Building in variety of restaurant and menu choice through a CAMP meal enables your dining plan meals to stay fresh and better attended.
Giving student athletes the ability to eat out on their own schedule with per diem, pre-game, and post game money is great for both the student athlete and the athletic department. This allows student athletes choice and flexibility and keeps staff from having to order another meal. That said, debit cards cannot be restricted the way CAMP meals can, which is why many schools have chosen CAMP meals as a per diem replacement. Meals through CAMP can be gated by time, date and restaurant choice and, most importantly, CAMP meals keep food money as food money.
The ability to feed student athletes unlimited snacks is a great way to ensure they are being fueled at all times and meeting their nutritional needs, but creates a problem of staff time and food waste. CAMP meals reduce staff time and food waste does not exist. Allowing student athletes an opportunity to grab a few snacks throughout the week as a CAMP meal allows them to pick up snacks when they are hungry. There is no concern about ordering a catered snack and watching food go wasted.
Many meals can be scheduled for full teams and everybody is able to eat together, but sometimes there are challenges for individuals to attend the team meal. Student athletes might have class conflict issues where they can’t attend the training table meal and need to find an alternative. This is a perfect scenario for a CAMP meal, which can be scheduled for an individual athlete any time that is needed. Other examples that schools use this for are injured student athletes or groups of a team that are non-travelers and still need to have a meal.
There are many times during the school year when student athletes are required to remain on campus during vacation periods and the dining facilities are closed. CAMP meals are a great way to give the student athletes 3 meals per day and know they are eating. Many schools have swapped out debit cards during break period and save money while making sure the funds are spent on food.
Many schools choose to work with grocery stores and give the student athletes an opportunity to eat healthy food at home. Scholarship money, per diem or meals incidental dollars can be allocated to CAMP and designated to a grocery store to ensure meal planning and budgeting.
HOW IT WORKS
BENEFITS TO THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
BENEFITS TO THE STUDENT ATHLETES
The CAMP Performance Table Tracker is the only attendance tracking system built specifically for athletic departments.
The CAMP Ordering system was built to make your fueling stations more efficient.
Halle Mulford, CPA