Frequently Asked Questions
What is Longacre Leadership Camp?
Longacre Leadership Camp is a private, sleepaway summer camp. We have a leadership camp for teens (ages 12-18) and a separate minicamp for children and tweens (ages 8-12). About Longacre Camp.
Where are you located?
We are located in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, about four hours from New York City. Location and setting.
How can I contact you?
Our office number is 717-567-3349. Our offseason address is 6514 Creek Rd. Newport PA 17074. Contact information.
How much does it cost?
It costs between $1,200 and $1,600 per week to attend Longacre Leadership Camp. Sign up now and take advantage of early bird discounts. Pricing, dates and discounts.
What are the dates for Summer 2017?
Session 1 runs June 25th to July 15th. Session 2 runs July 16th to August 5th. Session 3 (MiniCamp) runs August 6th to August 16th. Pricing, dates and discounts.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes. Last summer there were 18 students here on scholarship. We offer only need-based scholarships. Our need-based scholars come to us through partner organizations like Summer Search, REACH Prep and ABC Wellesley.
Is your summer camp on a farm?
Yes, Longacre Leadership Camp is on a farm (two farms together, actually). It's not a modern commercial operation, however. It looks more like a farm from the 1920s, maybe, with animals (horses, cows, pigs and goats; barn cats, chickens, ducks and guinea fowl), pastures and a big garden. Today, the farm is an educational facility. We use it in the summer to build a camp community.
Is this a farm camp?
Not really — good question though. Although we are on a farm, and we do raise farm animals, and we do tend a big vegetable garden, farming is not our focus. Instead, our mission is to offer a growth experience, with a focus on communication. Principles.
Is this a leadership camp?
Yes, we have a leadership camp for teens and a minicamp for children and tweens. Leadership Camp vs. MiniCamp.
What's your leadership philosophy?
Our leadership philosophy is made up of four pillars: decision-making, responsibility, passion and direct communication. Each pillar has a programmatic application.
For example, for responsibility, every camper has responsibilities to ensure the camp runs smoothly, and we divvy up the chores on a rotating basis. Leadership philosophy.
Is this for troubled teens?
Where do I apply for a summer job?
So happy you asked! Right here: summer jobs.
What is a typical day like?
Our schedule is built our around meals, which are at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
There is one morning activity and one afternoon activity. Both run about two hours. Before both activities, everyone gathers on the deck to choose.
After lunch there is one hour of rest.
Four evenings a week we are in Group, where we reflect on the day and practice our direct communication skills.
The other three nights we play games (Tuesdays), go out (Fridays) and go to the movies (Saturdays).
Every camper has responsibilities on a rotating basis, and those responsibilities can be any time of day, depending on what the chore is. Camp living.
What are the activities like?
They're fun! Here are some examples: swimming, rock climbing, carpentry, pottery and community service. Activities.
What's the temperature like? Is it hot?
Yes, it is hot; but worse than the heat is the humidity. We drink lots of water. Thankfully, our campsite is underneath the canopy, where it is cooler. In July, the average high is 84 degrees and the average low is 63 degrees. Camp living.
Where do the campers sleep?
Campers sleep in big tents that sit on permanent, platform tent decks. They have beds and mattresses, and cubbies for their clothes. In the leadership camp, there are six boys or six girls in each tent. In the MiniCamp, there are five boys or five girls in each tent, plus a counselor-in-training (CIT). Camp living.
What's the food like?
Our meals are made from scratch — no industrial-style cafeteria food. For breakfast, we have cereal, milk, eggs, bacon, bagels, toast and fruit. For lunch, we have pizza, grilled cheese, cold cuts, falafel and hummus, quesadillas, salad and PB&J. For dinner, we have burgers and dogs, chicken barbecue, burritos, spaghetti and meatballs, lots of steamed vegetables, salad and PB&J. We do not own a fryer. Camp living.
Who owns Longacre Leadership Camp?
Longacre Leadership Camp is owned by Louise Warner and Matt Smith. Matt's mom, Susan Smith, helped to found the camp in 1975. In 2015, she sold to Matt and Louise after 42 years. Directors.
Is this the same as Longacre Expeditions?
No, it is not. Longacre Expeditions was started in 1982 by the same people who started Longacre Leadership Camp in 1975. In 2005, they sold it and today it no longer operates under the Longacre name.