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Camp Longacre Leadership
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Type:  Overnight
Gender:  Co-Ed
Website:  longacre.com external link
Winter Phone:  717-567-3349
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 45 reviews.

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 11/3/13   2     3     2     2     3   Came to camp to have friends and be happy. This one activity called Group, which is not mentioned on the website and one faculty member made seem insignificant when talking to me about camp ruined it. We did this one exercise at the end where we each had to give "comfortable" and "uncomfortable" feedback about numerous campers. While I got some positive feedback a lot of the negative feedback I got critiqued my social skills. People said I was weird and insensitive to others. This whole time they thought I was a weirdo and if it wasn't for Group I wouldn't have known that. This has had consequences beyond camp. At school I'm afraid to hang out w/ people because I fear they notice the negative feedback as well. One person even said I won't make any friends because I'm weird & another pretended to be my friend for months. Had it not been for Longacre I wouldn't be so insecure and upset about my "condition." Be wary of Group when sending your child to Longacre it could make or break them. RID: 46229
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 10/18/12   5     4     5     5     5   Learning to work as a community, and learn about ourselves through activities and group makes this one of the stimulating and encouraging summer camp experiences one can hope to have. It is out of the way of the rest of the world, but that is an encouraging thing as much as a difficult thing because you don't have to worry about anything but yourself, and how you incorporate yourself into the mesh that is the people around you. It isn't always easy or fun; in fact, more often than not it is challenging and full of struggles. But because of that, you grow, along with everyone else. And growing together helps us trust one another, and thus we become stronger. RID: 42900
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 9/17/12   5     5     5     5     5   Most amazing summers of my life. Forever a farmer! RID: 42698
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 6/6/12   5     4     5     5     4   I spent four weeks at Longacre and i LOVED IT. Its unlike any other camp. It's amazing! You learn so much about yourself, have fun, and make great friendships. You form a close community with everyone and they give you so much independence! This camp is AWESOME. It is pretty pricey though. RID: 41211
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 8/14/11   5     5     5     5     5   I found the camp on this website, and because of the negative comment below about group, I discussed “group” with the director and ultimately decided to send my two girls. It was a great experience for both of them. They are now home, loved it, and are saving their money to go next year. “Group” seemed to be simply a chance to sit together and learn to communicate. From my understanding, sometimes there would be a stem like, “Something I’m proud of in myself is….” My two girls are very different but both loved Longacre for very different reasons. One loved the way it created a community of friends, the other loved working with the animals. I agree with my girls; it’s a great way to spend the summer, and I’ll do what I can so that they can have the experience next year. They developed a sense of pride in good work, trust in friends, and they say they simply had a lot of fun. RID: 36707
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 2/28/11   5     5     5     5     5   What can I say? Wherever I am in this world, and I'm a person who likes it all over, the pull of Longacre is ever present. It never ceases to tug at me, beckoning me, reminding me of its rolling countryside, its fresh farm air, the connection of community and the powers those connections evoke. Longacre Leadership is holistic and untainted; a safe bubble in a rough world. It was here I learned the true meaning of friendship, of being a part of something bigger than myself and having the self-awareness to realize it, of knowing what it means to truly live in the moment and to enjoy that. The staff and the curriculum are expertly crafted and meticulously picked, the facilities are personable and up kept, the attention received is… indispensable, the money you pay is well below market value--This camp is life-transforming, you will find confidence and beauty, strength and wit you never knew you had. What can I say? Wherever I am in this world, Longacre will always be my home. RID: 35217
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 3/26/10   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre is the most amazing place ever! It's like my second home and I feel more at home there than anywhere else. It really does help you grow, it helped me so much. Everyone there is nice and caring :) RID: 32489
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 3/16/10   5     5     5     5     4   I LOVE Longacre. This is the kind of place I will always consider my home. The staff are really supportive and encouraging. There are all kinds of activities so every person can find something to be passionate about. The best part about Longacre is the community you build every summer. This camp is a great place for people to develop leadership and communication skills. RID: 32380
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 3/12/10   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre has changed my life. i had gain alot from going there. But the most important and most valuable thing i got out of it was long term friendships. RID: 32333
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 3/12/10   5     5     4     5     5   Longacre leadership was an awesome experience. I needed a complete mental and physical detox, and that's exactly what I got. It's an extremely cleansing environment that strips you of the stresses and distractions of modern life, allowing you to really focus on yourself and your surroundings on a much deeper level. I gained so much from the farm and I would recommend it to anyone. RID: 32331
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 3/11/10   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre is a wonderful experience. The camp helps you grow and teaches you the true meaning of leadership. I have spent three wonderful summers at Longacre and would recommend it to any one! <3 RID: 32322
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 3/11/10   5     5     5     5     5   I went to this camp for three summers of my life. It was the best time of my life and I miss it everyday. Ive kept in contact with the majority of my friends from Longacre including the directors and counselors. I grew so much as a person this camp and I could almost consider having an out of body experiences from this camp. It was always so rewarding to be a part of this community and being pushed to do things I've never done and to have a support group to have my back. Being in touch with the outdoors makes you realize how less important technology is and to be present with the people around you. All the activities are a blast and the people are so open to whoever you are or want to be. Ahh! I miss it so much.I wish I could go back and can't wait to apply to be a Big Kid RID: 32321
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Click to report rating    12/11/08   5     5     5     5     5   This is the first time for me that i went away to sleep away camp,and it was at Longacre that i made friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Longacre is a special place, in the first few days you feel filled up in a way that you never thought possible. The Counselors were great and so was my tent, which helps the whole experience. My advice to you is that you take a serious look at Longacre, you will not regret it. RID: 27933
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Click to report rating    10/1/08   5     5     5     5     5   My son had less than positive experiences at more traditional summer camps and Longacre quickly become the Garden of Eden for him. The experience has been incredible in terms of his personal growth, the friendships he has formed, and the confidence that has been instilled in him. It is certainly not a camp for everyone, but for my son (and I believe for many other teens), it has become the most important part of his life. As parents, it's the best decision we ever made. RID: 26828
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Click to report rating    9/4/08   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre changed my life for the better as a teen. While swimming in a world of uncertainty at home, I felt totally grounded, increasingly confident, capable and cared for while there. The meaning of understanding where food comes from is also a benefit that I did not understand that I had gained, until I talked about those issues with folks who had never spent any real time on a farm. The carpentry & biodiesel skills I gained there will continue to benefit me throughout my life. One of the best parts is that the directors are right there with each student, exercising many years of careful judgement while facilitating the communities development. That is something you will never find at a mega camp. Take a risk, try something different, the rewards of a summer at Longacre Leadership will surprise you. RID: 26328
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     8/17/08   1     1     1     1     1   The camp is an excuse for the director and other "on board" staff to exercise their idea of psychology on young people which they call "group". Although you will find relatively no mention of it on their website, young people are expected to attend "therapy" every evening supervised by no one with a degree in psychology, or psychiatry. I was a staff member myself and am only now many years later coming to terms with the harm that the "farm" had on so many young people. RID: 25787
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Click to report rating    7/11/08   5     5     5     5     5   i loved the farm and i wish i could be there this year, i rated everything good because i thought about all that i did there and everything was really helpful in my leadership skills RID: 24765
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Click to report rating    3/2/08   5     5     5     5     5   My sons´s summer at Longacre was the bestfrom experience I could ever hope to give him thanks to the program´s philosophy. He got a scholarship? so he went. We are from Puerto Rico. He met and made friends Dominican Republic, Russian and Austrian heritage. My son, not only had a great time, but did activities he had no chance to do at home. Water rafting wes great and he enjoyed inmmenselly the bike rides. He also told me that being away from all the electronics and the city was okay. He said he loved to see the stars from his bunk bed. He came back much more sure and at peace with himself and others. Longacre is life in a simple, stress free environment and it made a difference. Dont expect air conditioning and luxuries, if you do, you miss the point. It was safe and organized. I cant say enouph of the staff, they were always there for us. Ill be forever in their debt. RID: 20858
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Click to report rating    1/30/08   5     5     5     5     5   i accepted a job as a 'big kid' at longacre on a completely blind telephone interview. the first time i met my boss and co-workers was the first day there. everyone was so friendly and welcoming. within an hour or so, i felt like i had known the other big kids and staff my entire life. the facilities are EXACTLY as described on the site and with any information mailed to me. i loved the council tents and the kitchen we got to run every few days with the farmers. the activities were diverse and amazing. there were things of all difficulties and something for everyone. the personal attention everyone got, staff, farmers and big kids, was amazing. i never expected so many people to care about so many other people all at once. i had gone into this program not knowing what to expect and i left with such a sense of self, pride and accomplishment i have never gotten from any other job position. i dont think there is anyone who has gone to longacre who has had a bad experience there. RID: 19644
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Click to report rating    1/17/08   5     5     5     5     5   It has been seven years since my summer as a farmer at Longacre. I learned how to appreciate nature and people with different personalities. I took ownership of my emotions and actions, realizing the affects on my development and the relationship with those around me. I learned how to live simply, but in the most fulfilled way. Those who are fortunate enough to find the farm will find an honest and caring community. thank you. -MTran RID: 19094
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Click to report rating    1/14/08   5     5     5     5     5   This camp gave me some of the BEST experiences of my life. I would do ANYTHING to go back again! i gained soooooo MUCH! The friends i made and skills i aquired will help me through the rest of my life. I learned everything from communication skills to how to build a building.i would reccommend this camp tp anyonen willing to exprience NEw and INVIGERATING things! I LOVE LONGACRE!!! RID: 18934
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Click to report rating    1/10/08   5     3     3     5     4   Longacre is a terrific place. My son loved the experience! It is not your typical camp - the kids do much of the work. It is truly a back to basics experience - no electronics, no multi-tasking, no TV. My son cannot wait to go back. RID: 18800
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Click to report rating    1/9/08   5     4     5     5     4   fantastic, beautiful environment for young people to develop their independence and self-confidence,learn some terrific communication skills and forge close friendships. Kids talk about the farm all year long and can't wait to go back. RID: 18787
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Click to report rating    6/25/07   4     4     5     5     5   I can't wait to go back for another summer. This place isn't really a camp, it's a teenage leadership program where we live in tents, and everyone partcipates. I encourage you to find out more about this WONDERFUL program! RID: 12453
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Click to report rating    3/15/07   5     5     5     5     5   I had an overall amazing experience at my three years in Longacre. However, this camp really isn't for everyone. Most kids who came not on their own free will wound up loving it, but if you're not at ALL into nature or being nice to people then you might not have a great time. Longacre is FAR from fancy, but it's very safe, the tents are confortable and the showers arent too gross. You also have a LOT of freedom if you prove yourself responsible. guys and girls really arent separated ever except with sleeping and showering. Also, the kids are 12-18 years old and people are judged and treated according to maturity, and not age. The only strict rules are no drugs, peircings, sex or 'radical hairdos' while youre there. It's on a farm so you'd think that you'd be excluded from the rest of the world but youre not. Longacre is in a nice town that the kids can walk aroud in and we make a million trips all over every summer. im running out of room to write. it's amazing. peace RID: 8686
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Click to report rating    3/15/07   5     5     5     5     5   The people who work at Longacre treat kids with the respect and dignity they'd offer other adults. They expect only that the kids share in the responsibilities of the community. I thought I was impressing people by being a snotty punk when I got to Longacre and it really turned me around. I'd recommend it for any one. RID: 8671
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Click to report rating    1/28/07   5     4     5     5     5   My daughter came home a changed person - with a real understanding of interpersonal relationshps and the nature of community. She can't wait to return to her Longacre family. RID: 7313
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Click to report rating    1/27/07   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre was a great experience for my daughter it offered life lessons and lifelong friendships that she cherishes. The staff was attentive intelligent and fun. The campsite is rustic but beautiful. The acivities are varied and useful. Personal attention is given to everyone by everyone. Longacre is an incredible bargain, you will get much more than you paid for. RID: 7275
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Click to report rating    1/26/07   5     5     5     5     5   Magic happens to kids at Longacre...The depth of self understanding, self confidence, and self esteem is amazing. Consider me one thrilled parent! RID: 7211
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Click to report rating    1/25/07   5     4     5     5     5   This is a great camp to teach teens there's more to life than electronic gadgets. The leaders are thoughtful, wise and skilled at helping teens learn skills and develop competence in areas they may never have tried. It's not a fancy place, but a place where teens can learn to work and play together with other peers in very positive ways, to get some perspective on life out of the fast lane. We thought it was well worth the money spent and know that he will always have fond memories of his time there. RID: 7165
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Click to report rating    1/24/07   5     5     5     5     5   Our daughter has gone to Longacre the last two summers, and will again in '07. An absolutely outstanding down-to-earth roll-up-your-sleeves camp where kids learn about communication, relationships, responsibility for themselves and to others, and leadership. The faclities are simple, which we think is a good thing in view of the wealthy excesses kids see so much of these days, and the focus is on personal growth. It's been a life-changing experience for our daughter and we can't recommend Susan Smith and her team enough. RID: 7139
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Click to report rating    1/23/07   5     5     5     5     5   My summer at LongAcre was so amazing I can not wait to go back next year!! It is so great to have so much freedom but still be one community. I truly recommend a summer here for anyone who wants to have freedom, make friends, help others and have fun! RID: 7117
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Click to report rating    1/21/07   5     5     5     4     5   When I first came to Longacre, or the "Farm" as everyone there knows it as, I was very hestitant. I had been to 2 summer camps before hand, but never something like this. I was sure I would hate it. I will be going back for my 3rd summer this year. The Farm changed my life, it has helped me grow into a beautiful person. I've been become more confident in who I am. People there are so accepting of all different people, whether you're from the East coast, West coast or even a different country! At the farm, we work, play, learn and grow. You can either stay for 4 weeks or 6 weeks. Going to the Farm is an oppurinity of a LIFETIME. Do not pass it up. RID: 7042
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Click to report rating    1/20/07   5     4     5     5     5   Great experience for the right camper, i.e., a teen interested in being part of a community, learning about the environment, being outdoors, not interested in a traditional sports camp. RID: 7027
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Click to report rating    1/20/07   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre Leadership camp was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm not really an "outdoors" kinda person, but I had a great time during my summer last year with the most wonderful people I have ever meet. Not only does the camp provide a new environment way from the stresses of home, but also provides a place to open up and express your true self. RID: 7026
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Click to report rating    1/20/07   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre Farm is amazing. It has completely changed my life and who I am. Each summer when I return home, i am more confident in myself and in my abilities. The Farm (as it is called) will be with me for the rest of my life. It is part of who I am. RID: 7019
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Click to report rating    1/20/07   5     5     5     5     4   This camp promotes a strong sense of community and friendship. Our son's sense of self and commitment to others has grown each summer as a result of his interaction with the staff of Longacre. Each year he returns home in a wonderful state of mind with renewed perspective on his relationship and responsibility in the world. Longacre is great for kids who want to really live in nature. There is no electricity in the tents and the toilet and showers are a short walk away. The campers have a lot of freedom to chose activities and also spend time in supervised sessions giving feedback to each other. RID: 7008
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Click to report rating    1/20/07   5     5     5     5     5   I came to Longacre doubting myself and doubting my capabilities in social situations. Soon, however, I learned that I am beautiful for being myself, just as everyone is is beautiful. Longacre has certainly changed the way I perceive things, certainly for the better. RID: 7004
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   4     3     5     4     5   It was a great experience! I loved the fact that all the kids came from such different places and got connected so easily. The activities were amazing. I made a great deal of friends, and enjoyed it a lot there. RID: 6982
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   5     4     4     5     5   Longacre is pretty amazing. You get to be really close with the friends you make there and feel positively towards everyone. Having to do work was really good for me and made me more confident in my abilities. Group, where you tell people how you feel about things they did, is basically a good thing; it teaches you about yourself and how you affect people positively and negatively. However, sometimes I thought Group caused us to exaggerate tiny or imagined problems and get upset about them. This isn't a big deal though, and generally Longacre was a fun place to be where I learned to apply myself and understand others better. RID: 6972
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   5     5     5     5     5   My son has made lifetime friendships at this camp. He's learned compassion and communication are important, as well as the gift of giving, the importance of friendship, family, teamwork and loyalty. He was wonderful before he went to Longacre but he's an even better person for having been a part of such a wonderful family. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the camp, as well as its leadership. RID: 6967
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   5     5     5     5     5   I'm a parent...and at first glance it seemed like a whole lot of money for a farm camp..But my daughters experience ( 2 summers( has carrried over into many parts of her life... I now understand now why you are intereviewed. This isn't for everyone. But for kids like my daugher ( and by the way I trust the people that intereview in determining who is a good fit)it's been wonderful. RID: 6966
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   5     5     5     5     5   Longacre Leadership was the best experience of my life. It has shaped who I am, and the lessons I learned as well as the deep friendships I forged over my four summers at the Farm continue to affect me and help me grow even though the summers are over. The staff is phenomenal. Each member brings personal expertise and experience to Longacre and helps to create a cohesive and tight-knit group. The Farm property is by far the most beautiful place I have ever encountered. The activities are fun and innovative. No two days are alike! The Farm mixes work (which, yes, is fun) and a lot of play. Since the program is so small, each participant receives a wealth of personal attention. By the end of the summer, you've built a new family of both adults and kids of all ages from all around the country and even the world. It's unconventional, but it's perfect. RID: 6962
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   5     5     5     5     5   I spent two great summers at Longacre. I liked the freedom of choosing how to spend my time. I enjoyed the environmental carpentry and bio-diesel making. I met many great friends. The camp reunions are really fun too. RID: 6961
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Click to report rating    1/19/07   5     4     5     5     5   Had a great summer at the farm. Riding horses across the fields, working outside, making great friends, awesome. RID: 6955
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