Summer farm camp looks back at 2012 season

Longacre Leadership ends summer on high note, looks back on season, plans get-together for next month
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Sept. 18, 2012 - PRLog -- NEWPORT, Pa. – The 2012 season might have ended last month for Longacre Leadership, but camp staff and administrators are still trying to catch their breath.

“What a summer,” said program director Matthew Smith. “A lot of the summer was spent around teaching the students about responsibility and leadership. It was truly one of the best summers in the camp’s 38 years.”

Highlights from the 2012 camp included:
•   The students learning that everyone has an important role in the community. Smith said this lesson was learned through crews, the chores done each day to ensure the camp runs smoothly, like cooking, cleaning and feeding the farm animals.
•   The building of an Amish quilt mural. The mural was 64-square-feet, made of plywood, and constructed, painted and hung by the students. This was the second quilt mural built by student farmers, the first one built in 2009.
•   Plenty of community service. One day in early August, 18 students worked with a local organization, Millerstown Offering Volunteer Efforts (MOVE), to help beautify the Millerstown square. Over the course of the summer, students also sorted recycling at the local recycling center, packed food at the Perry County food bank, helped to distribute food to disadvantaged families, entertained retirement home residents and so much more. “We performed 1,200 hours of community service in just six weeks,” Smith said.

“The students have a lot to be proud of,” said Smith. “They learned leadership and responsibility; developed their patience and their empathy; and gave to themselves and to others. They developed friendships based on shared experience and I am hopeful these friendships will continue.”

The 2012 students will host get together for a reunion next month in November. Applications are being accepted for the 2013 summer season.

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