Pre-Camp Email #6 — A 'Multi-Year' Growth Experience

Date published: April 27th, 2017 | By Matthew


Hello 2017 Parents!

This post is about the Longacre mission. It’s mostly for new parents, but returning parents can read it too.

Our mission here is to offer a multi-year growth experience, with a focus on communication.

Last year, we added the word multi-year to that mission statement. Here’s an excerpt from our announcement:

Louise and I aren't doing this for families to be with us just for one summer. We want your child to come to camp, have fun, develop some skills, and then go home and practice; then the following summer come back to camp, have more fun, develop more skills, and go home again and practice; and so on and so on. That'sthe growth experience.

Doesn't that seem more realistic than one summer that magically adjusts a child's trajectory?

A growth experience — as we understand it, as we have seen it, and as we have experienced it ourselves — is a multi-year process.

Now, in an attempt to make that point clear, we have added the word multi-year to our mission statement. Thought you should know.

We want to be up front about our intentions. After the summer, we’re hoping you’re so happy with your experience (and your child's experience) that you send her (or him) back for many summers to come.

With that in mind, whenever you have feedback for us, we’re ready. We’ll be on the phone with you, in email contact. We’ll send you feedback surveys after your child returns home. No time is a bad time. One of the benefits of a small camp is the individual attention. That goes for parents too. If there’s anything we can do for you, please let us know. You can always reach me at 717-567-3349 or

Thank you,


Matthew T. Smith
Owner / Director
Longacre Leadership Camp

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