Pre-Camp Email #15 — Spending Money

Date published: May 30th, 2017 | By Matthew


Hello 2017 Parents!

This is email #15 in our pre-camp series.

I want to talk to you about spending money, which your child will need for special treats and souvenirs.

We suggest you send your child with $45 per week. For a three-week session, that’s $135. For a six-week session, that’s $270. For MiniCamp, that’s $70.

Upon arrival, we will collect all cash and checks.

If you send your child with a check, please make it payable to your child, not to us. She will endorse it, then we will cash it.

We keep all cash with us. It lives in “the bank”, which is a shoe box. Before every outing, we open “the bank” and the farmers going on that outing queue up to make their withdrawals.

Here’s how a withdrawal might go with a typical 12-year-old:

Big Kid: “Hi Samantha! We’re going to Hall’s Ice Cream tonight. How much would you like?”

Samantha: “Can I have twenty-five dollars please?”

Big Kid: “How about five dollars?”

Samantha: “Will that be enough?”

Big Kid: “It will be plenty. It will get you more than enough ice cream.” (Remember, stuff around here is cheap.)

Samantha: “Ok, five dollars sounds great.”

Big Kid: “Five dollars it is.”

It’s important to understand that your child may have more opportunities to spend than she can afford. We’re ok with this. If your child tells you, “I don’t have enough money, I need more money,” and you’re considering sending more, please call us first. There’s a chance she’s having trouble staying on budget.

Your child will use her spending money to do lots of fun things this summer.

Any questions? We’re here to help. Please call me at 717-567-3349 or email me at

All the best,


Matthew T. Smith
Owner / Director
Longacre Leadership Camp

Here are all the links to the Pre-Camp Email Series and CampMinder.