• A girl throws a water balloon.
  • A camper and a counselor go down the slip and slide.
  • Two students sit together on the deck eating lunch (new).
  • Marc performs with his guitar on the deck. (test)
  • Two girls on the sofa together.
  • Three horseback riders look out over Longacre Farm.
  • Five campers and a counselor showing off their homemade cookies.
  • Gavin uses the chopsaw very safely.
  • A boy hangs upside down from a tree.
  • A boy harvests lettuce in the garden.

Summer Camp

Leadership Camp for Teens

Longacre uses the summer to prepare ambitious teenagers for long term success. Our 41st summer. Ages 8-18. PA, US.

We develop leadership using four pillars: decision-making, responsibility, passion and direct communication — all during a summer full of fun and friendship.

Lots of learning happens here — but no academic-like instruction. Instead, think of it like this: the Longacre experience is a series of opportunities. The inherent flexibility means high-achieving students like yours can advance as fast as they want.

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How We Are Different

We’re Inclusive

A Little Responsibility

Students here are taking responsibility and developing new skills. Responsibility helps new students to feel included quickly.

Returning Teen Leaders

Longacre is a student-driven program. This means that older, returning students in our Leadership Project set the pace.

Direct Communication

Our campers are practicing direct communication. Four nights a week we gather together to reflect on the day.

Enjoy Independence

Unstructured Time

Successful college students manage their independence responsibly. As a teenager, the earlier you practice your independence, the better. Here you will have more independence.

It’s College Prep

Reflecting on Experience

Longacre is college prep. We prepare students to get into college the old-fashioned way: by preparing them for success in college.

Does Summer Camp Prepare You for College?

The answer is, it depends. It depends on whether the culture at the camp is growth-oriented.

You Choose

Choose Activities Every Day

There are three activity periods: morning, afternoon and evening. Each period you’ll have 8-12 options.

The Importance of “Dropping”

It’s important to understand, you won’t always get your first choice. We think about how our actions affect other people. Sometimes you’ll put your needs aside so your friend can get what she wants.

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Finding a Great Camp

We want to help you find a great summer camp. Download our free guide. Cover of Longacre's guide, "Finding a Fit in 5 Easy Steps: How to Choose the Right Camp or Summer Program"

The Value of Camp

by Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of The Price of Privilege


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