Save $700 on the six-week session. Regardless of when you sign up, we’ll send you $250 for every family you bring with you. Also, Longacre Camp awards a dozen need-based scholarships every summer. Recipients come to us via partnerships with youth organizations like Summer Search, REACH Prep and A Better Chance.
"Longacre was a true haven for me. Growing up in Los Angeles as a teenager, I got so wrapped up in the day-to-day drama and relentless schedule of high school life that I rarely had time to focus on personal growth and development … or just having fun! Longacre afforded me the opportunity to learn how to develop deep and meaningful connections with my peers and how to slow down and find fun in the simple activities of day-to-day life."
Longacre Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association. The American Camp Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization based in Martinsville, Indiana, and it's the only accreditation body in American camping. Being accredited means Longacre Camp meets 300 standards of health, safety and program quality. The safety of your child is our top priority.
We look for staff who are passionate about what they do. Passion is the key. If staff are passionate about creating (or exploring, or playing, or building) then campers will feed off of it. We've seen it time and time again: with a garden-novice, kids are bored and hot; but with a garden-lover, kids are asking questions, digging in the dirt, goofing around, spraying each other with hoses, filling their baskets, and eating raw veggies. That's experiential education.
This means two things: first, we are clear about our principles; and second, our principles inform what campers do on a daily basis.
First, a leadership camp for teens (ages 12-18) with two sessions, both three weeks. Many campers combine for six weeks.
Second, a separate minicamp for children and tweens (ages 8-12) with one session in August, just ten days long.
Discover life outside. We like to build, explore, work, play, rest, care and create. Your child will choose every day, and get to do more of what they love.
We make our campers a deal: "If you take some responsibility, we'll give you some independence." Campers who do well at Longacre love that deal. They are making decisions, making mistakes (it's ok), and developing new skills as they go. They are being inclusive of others, receiving feedback from their friends, and reflecting on their growth experience.
15% of our campers come from other countries. Our goal is to reach 25% by 2018. Last year we welcomed kids from Turkey, Ukraine, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Diversity makes for a vibrant community. Plus, exposure to different cultures early on has a lasting impact.
Returning campers are eligible for the Leadership Project—the pinnacle of the Longacre experience. The Leadership Project runs during the leadership camp for teens. It's invitation-only for campers 15 and older who have demonstrated an interest in leadership. These "leadership kids" arrive early for training. Then we put them in leadership positions and give them lots of feedback. These are the campers setting the example for your child.
Our campers are developing skills they can use in the real world — and this includes technology. Given the ever increasing use of technology in our society, it should not come as a surprise when children grow attached to devices that are as all-consuming as smartphones. At Longacre, we want to help our campers develop a sense of balance with their devices, so they can better manage their behavior. That is why, with strict limitations, we allow devices at our camp.
The growth experience is not limited to the campers. We self-evaluate for four reasons: first, to help us get better; second, to ensure that we are nurturing a growth-oriented camper culture; third, to better understand social and emotional learning — specifically, what makes it fun; and finally, to articulate the value of the Longacre experience. For help, we have hired Philadelphia-based firm Algorhythm.