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.
"How would you describe Longacre Leadership Camp to your friends?"
- A camp where the kids have freedom to choose their activities as well as responsibilities and chores, but where they are always having fun!
- A beautiful farm with a lovely community of campers where the kids get to play with animals and play in the garden AND do a lot of the "typical" camp stuff.
- A place my child loves. She feels free and at peace. My child ordinarily is lazy and doesn't like discomfort but at Longacre she doesn't mind the work, the responsibilities, the heat and humidity...she seems to love it all!
- A very special place that fosters diversity, friendship and independence.
- It is an experience like few others, where your child can learn from peers and leaders to be better young adults.
- A good first step before leaving home.
- Amazing and really fun and you have to do work but it's worth it
- It is a great camp and different from all the ones we knew about. It would be fun and great experience for the kids. If they want to send their kids, send them as soon as they are old enough. Wish I had heard about Long Acre earlier.
- A farm setting where kids work together on farm projects, regular camp activities and communication.
- Wonderful community, and meaningful experience. Good for the kids to manage their lives - cooking, cleaning, work. Great personal growth opportunity for kids.
- Longacre Leadership Camp is a wonderful diversified learning experience for boys and girls to learn the necessary skills and responsibilities for a successful future.
- As a very special place..
- I can only speak to Mini-Camp, but it's a supported and safe place to learn, to succeed, and to fail. When I describe it to friends and family, I find myself wishing there was a grownup version!
- As a integral camp that provides our kids with skills to cope with real life in a safe social environment and surrounded by a beautiful place
- as an American way of leadership camp with many positive things to happen in a short amount of time
- It's not a camp for everyone, it's unique and rewarding for our kid. It's focused on communication and teamwork. Prospect parents & kids should understand how it works and willing to participate.
- An amazing place with the most caring staff that brings out the best in our child.
- Loving, caring, growing, learning environment
- Good - important - it was hard but my child and other enjoyed it - big positive
- I would say it is an accepting atmosphere fot kids to be themselves and to collaborativley work togther for the common good. Longacre has shown more and more of their love for campers, year after year and my wife and I certainly appreciate that.
- A superb opportunity to allow your child to become a young adult in a safe and caring environment.
- A rural setting where campers can have fun, but also learn life skills in a very supportive environment.
- Your child will transform into the same child but with added features. Like changing a Camry to a Lexus cognitively speaking :) Don't worry, they're still a Toyota ;)
- A great camp that offers a welcoming environment that will challenge your teen.
- A farm-based camp that helps independent, smart kids develop healthy leadership and communication skills.
- A good experience overall
- Must do
- An independent residential camp that focuses on leadership, community and both physical and personal growth.
- Very positive experience that fosters maturation and meaningful social relationships amongst adolescents.
- As a leadership camp that instills teamwork and responsibility.
- a camp where kids are giving a lot of freedom within a very safe and nurturing environment. a camp where kindness is the norm rather than the exception and where kids are held accountable all while having tons of fun.
- longacre is a leadership camp. It has structure but allows the campers freedom to make choices.
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!