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Camp Living

Food

You’ve finally found a summer camp with good food! Our food is fresh, local and delicious.

Typical breakfasts are French toast with bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and breakfast burritos. Everyday alternatives are cereal, yogurt, toast and fruit.

Typical lunches are pizza, falafel & hummus, grilled cheese, BLTs and mac & cheese. Everyday alternatives are salad bar, fruit and PB&J.

Typical dinners are burgers & dogs, burritos and spaghetti & meatballs. Alternatives are salad bar, fruit and PB&J.

Our Food

We start with vegetables from our garden and eggs from our laying hens. We visit Butcher’s Farm Market in Newport a couple times each week.

And we receive weekly deliveries of vegetables from Spiral Path, a 255-acre certified-organic farm that operates a CSA here in Pennsylvania.

Our menu is varied and based on whole foods—not processed, industrial-style cafeteria food. There are always hot entrees, and always alternatives.

Everybody Cooks

Students cook every meal — not just for themselves but for the group, and not alone but with staff supervision.

It’s all part of our leadership philosophy: taking responsibility for the group and building self-confidence.

We serve great food with many options. Our campers are cooking every day of the summer which helps build responsibility and cooking skills too.

Dietary Needs

We accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets at every meal. Please let us know your dietary needs so we can try to accommodate you.

Something unpalatable? Let’s talk.

Sleep

Campers live in cabins. There have beds and mattresses, and cubbies for your clothes.

In the leadership camp, there are six boys or six girls in each cabin. Rising 7th and 8th graders sleep together, with counselor-in-training (CIT) to help them.

MiniCampers also have a CIT.

Getting good sleep is important to us. Here, you’ll get as much sleep as you need. Like napping? Every day we reserve the hour from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. for rest.

Something unsettling? Let’s talk.

Schedule

Here's the basic schedule:

7:00 a.m. Morning chores begin
7:30 a.m. Normal wake up
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning activities
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Rest hour
2:00 p.m. Afternoon activities
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Group or evening activities
9:00 p.m. Youngest farmers head to bed
10:00 p.m. Oldest farmers lights out

Sleep-in Sundays

On Sundays, we sleep in. The day officially begins at noon, and then the schedule resumes as listed above.

Technology Policy

We think that Millennials (in general) are too attached to their devices.

We also think that adults (ourselves included) share some of the blame for this. It should not come as a surprise when children grow attached to devices as all-consuming as smartphones.

You may have read that Longacre offers a growth experience, that our campers are developing skills they can use in the real world.

As such, we want to help our campers develop a sense of balance with their devices, so they can begin to better manage their behavior.

That is why, with strict limitations, we allow devices at our camp. Click here for a full explanation of our technology policy.

Chores (Crew)

You will have responsibilities here.

In exchange for taking some responsibility, you will be trusted by the adults here. You will gain independence and decision-making ability.

That's the deal we strike with our campers, and campers who do well at Longacre love that deal.

We are trying to treat our teens like young adults, and our MiniCampers like teens, showing them respect when they earn it.

There are no cooks or maintenance staff at Longacre Camp. Students and counselors do all the work together: the cooking, the cleaning and the feeding of the farm animals.

Crew takes between 30 and 90 minutes, depending on the crew, and it’s broken up over the course of the day.

You will be in a crew with 5-6 other campers, boys and girls, older and younger, and one counselor. You're a team.

Every day you and your crew work together to complete one chore. One day you’ll pick up litter, another day you’ll wash dishes, and another day you’ll cook for 90-100 people. (MiniCampers do not cook full meals. In general, they do less than the leadership campers do, in ways that are age-appropriate).

It doesn’t take up activity periods (with two exceptions, cooking and gardening). Sometimes you’re doing crew when other campers are free, sometimes other students are doing crew when you are free.

Crew is just part of the routine. It’s intertwined into the daily schedule. Crew is work, technically, but it feels more like teamwork.

Questions

Questions about any of this? Please inquire.