2016 Parents Survey — Q1 Responses

Date published: April 7th, 2017 | By Matthew

At the end of each summer we send our camp parents a survey. Feedback from this survey helps us understand what we did well, what we did not-so-well, and what we need to improve for the following summer.

Two years ago, as part of a move toward greater transparency, we decided to publish every response from our parents survey — the good, the bad and the ugly. For more on the rationale behind this decision, check out this introduction.

We understand that Longacre Leadership Camp is not a typical camp. We understand that if you're a new family it can be tough to get your head around what we do. Our hope is that these responses will help clarify things a little bit.

There's some very interesting stuff in here. For a list of the eight questions we asked, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

A few notes first:

  • We are publishing all responses from every parent who responded, except for the one parent who did not give us permission
  • These answers have not been edited, even for punctuation or spelling
  • Words in brackets contained personally identifiable information that we removed

Here are the 40 responses from Question #1 of the 2016 Parents Survey.


"Why did you send your child to Longacre Leadership Camp this summer?"

  1. We had heard wonderful things about this camp!
  2. We were looking for a farm camp experience. The leadership aspect was a bonus!
  3. she loved it last summer and wanted to come back
  4. It was his fourth summer and he begged to go back.
  5. We wanted to give them an experience that wasn't available to them in the [foreign country], and where they could feel they were entirely removed from parental influence in their decisions, but within the bounds of a safe, learning environment.
  6. To test my parenting skills in terms of how ready they are to leave home. To gain leadership skills, interpersonal skills and time management skills.
  7. She wanted to go back because she had a lot of fun last year
  8. It sounds to be a good experience for my child.
  9. Longacre provides an accepting environment that is not afraid of hard work and communication, and its fun. Also, she really wanted to go back!
  10. great summer last year. wanted more of same
  11. I sent my children to Longacre Camp this summer to develop friendships and learn responsibilities so they will be successful in the future.
  12. To experience life on the farm, group and a taste of independence
  13. She loved the farming aspect of it.
  14. We thought it would be the right fit for her
  15. [My older son] returned to Longacre to continue to stretch and grow as a leader and to reconnect with friends he's made at camp. [My younger son] attended Longacre to gain independence and because we thought he would thrive in a self-directed environment.
  16. To have a positive sleep-away experience where she could be herself, and to be in a supportive environment that would not allow her to escape what's hard.
  17. Because I liked the idea of them living in a farm and developing teamwork skills.
  18. because of the values- community, leadership, responsibility.
  19. Small camp experience. Also liked the interaction at night and teaching kids to work together.
  20. It's a great opportunity for our child to open New World, to meet so many people, to present herself as a young generation [international student].
  21. learn about leadership, communication, carpentry, farming and variety of activities
  22. To spend time in a growth-oriented environment; outdoor activities; leadership development
  23. To foster her ability to be independent and confident. To promote her ability to work in a team and to give and receive feedback.
  24. To develop his leadrship capability
  25. First, and foremost, because she wanted to return. Secondly, we were looking forward to see how she had matured and would continue to mature
  26. to allow my son to grow emotionally and learn to socialize with peers
  27. So he could learn about the world outside his town.
  28. So he could be around other kids working together and having fun together. To learn relationship building skills, communication skills, and leadership skills. To experience other kids from different regions of the US or different countries.
  29. We wanted our son to experience what its like to stay in an American summer camp. So we researched camps thoroughly and two major factors caught our attention: 1. Outstanding reviews online 2. It's secular which suggests that tolerance and a cultural education might be a byproduct of the camp
  30. The program seemed to differ from the "sports based" programs that many camps in our immediate area offer. We liked that the activities would vary and the inclusive and open environment that the program offered.
  31. It seemed like a down to earth camp that would have interesting kids and provide an alternAtive experience to s traditional sports camp or straight academic camp.
  32. Longacre is a wonderful alternative to traditional summer camps for teens.
  33. Good experience in the past
  34. To grow, share, have a fortifying experience which including meeting and making new friends.
  35. We sent him because he has had a great experience in years past.
  36. To experience the independence, values and growth opportunities Longacre provides.
  37. To make good friendships, build self-confidence, increase independence and initiative-taking, and develop leadership skills.
  38. To develop leadership skills and a sense of responsibility
  39. So that they could make lifelong friendships, have some independence, learn new skills, take some risks, have cool adventures, experience challenges, learn to be resourceful and flexible.
  40. to develop independence and self confidence

That's it! Does that help your understanding a little bit?

If you're interested in the other questions from the 2016 Parents Survey, here they are:

  1. Why did you send your child to Longacre Leadership Camp this summer?
  2. Agree or disagree: "I received what I expected to receive."
  3. Overall, how would you rate your experience with us this summer?
  4. What was the most frustrating part of your experience with us?
  5. What's one thing we could have done to improve your experience?
  6. Has your child developed any skills here that will be helpful in "real life"? If so, what are they?
  7. How would you describe Longacre Leadership Camp to your friends?
  8. On a scale of 1-10, how likely would you be to refer us to other families?

If you're interested in the 2015 version of the parents survey, please go here: 2015 Parents Survey.

Thanks for reading!