Date published: April 10th, 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 #7 of the 2016 Parents Survey.
"Has your child developed any skills here that will be helpful in "real life"? If so, what are they?"
- Yes! They now "breezeway" (sp?) their dishes. When I ask them to clear the table, they do it beautifully.
- I think she is better at communicating with her peers and I know she is more confident in herself.
- I'm sure she has but I'm not able to isolate what they are!
- Absolutely. Confidence, leadership skills, social skills and deep bonding and friendship with peers.
- Both have learned better communication skills, and dealing with delivering difficult news/opinions.
- Learning to live with people from different cultures. Respect for other people's property
- Not really
- I am not sure.
- Working with and accepting other people. Trying to understand, rather than bulldoze over any problems or miscommunication. Being positive.
- Definitely. Maturity. Confidence. Communication tools. Tools to deal with difficult situations.
- The skills my children developed at Longacre Camp would include the following: 1) Communication 2) Socialization 3) Leadership 4) Responsibility 5) Confidence
- [My son] came home with an appreciation for independent work and cooperation.
- Yes! More accepting of kids.
- So many! They think deeply about questions; support one another (and us); ask for what they need; and take an active role in running our household without being nagged/reminded.
- From her ten days, self-confidence more than skills.
- Leadership skills, to take responsibilities for what they do, develop teamwork skills
- So many!
- Nothing dramatically different, but small things.
- Positive attitude, willing to "pitch in" to help others
- She is more responsible and accountable with her chores at home.
- too early to tel
- I'm not so sure about skills but she seems to be mor mature since she has come back.
- Yes. [My son] has learned to advocate a bit more for himself. He has become more independent and seems to understand the importance of being responsible more than he did before.
- Direct communication; team work.
- Our son has matured a lot. I believe that has to do partially with his encounter and exchanges with the big kids and partially with the responsibilities and sense of being valued you established in the community. You guys know your stuff and for that we are forever indebted to you.
- There are no real tangible skills that they acquired, but I do seem to be a bit more confident. They swim in a pretty small pond at home, attending a small boys school with a small circle of friends that they have had for a long time. They definitely benefitted from mixing with kids from different walks of life....and of course girls. Apparently they are very bossy!
- Cooperation. Self-sufficiency. Team building.
- We don't see much difference from last year
- Healthy independence, time management, team buildings skills, work ethic.
- I'm sure, but she doesn't talk much about the details of her time there except when it comes up with [my older daughter], so I don't have specifics.
- Confidence, willingness to try new activities and take some calculated risks.
- He enjoyed the "manual labor" and learned some carpentry skills. He learned the art of compromise and how to work as a team.
- my guess is that that did. i think they might be better prepared to handle giving and receiving negative feedback.
If you're interested in the other questions from the 2016 Parents Survey, here they are:
- Why did you send your child to Longacre Leadership Camp this summer?
- Agree or disagree: "I received what I expected to receive."
- Overall, how would you rate your experience with us this summer?
- What was the most frustrating part of your experience with us?
- What's one thing we could have done to improve your experience?
- Has your child developed any skills here that will be helpful in "real life"? If so, what are they?
- How would you describe Longacre Leadership Camp to your friends?
- 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!