2014 OVERNIGHT CAMPS
With more than 100 years of experience, YMCA Camp Letts offers a safe and stable environment for our guests. We are American Camp Association (ACA) Accredited, National YMCA Camp Standards Accredited and comply with all federal and state regulations. Each year, we select caring, alert and well trained staff through an interview process that includes an FBI background check. All of our staff are First Aid and CPR Certified, and program staff members are experienced and certified in their specific areas including: MD Safe Boating, YMCA and Red Cross Lifeguard, AA County Pool Operators and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA).
TRADITIONAL OVERNIGHT CAMP
Prices decrease the more sessions you come and join us! See the Registration form for details!
When was the last time you went canoeing? Played Gaga ball? Took a trip on a zip line? How about a horseback ride through the shade of an oak forest on a warm Summer’s day? At Camp Letts, it’s all in a day! With plenty of time left over for shooting a bulls-eye at the archery range, learning how to build a campfire and nailing the perfect “Bump-Set-Spike” with your cabin at volleyball. From serving “juice” to a “moose” on Super Hero Monday, to devouring your very first “no-hands cake” on Formal Friday, all while battling to win the honor of hoisting the Crew Cup; at Camp, no two days are ever quite the same! Meet our staff from around the world, make some of the best friends you’ll ever have, and join a tradition that’s been alive for over 100 years! We promise we’ve got something for you!
Session 1 - June 22 - 27
Session 2 - June 29 - July 4
Session 3 - July 6 - 11
Session 4 - July 13 - 18
Session 5 - July 20 - 25
Session 6 - July 27 - August 1
Session 7 - August 3 - 8
Session 8 - August 10 - 15
Session 9 - August 17 - 22
TRY OUT OVERNIGHT CAMP
$335 per session
Specially designed for first time campers, this 3 day stay at Camp is a great way to explore all we have to offer. Join us for two nights and three action packed days of fun and adventure. Let your two counselors take you and your cabin-
mates on a tour of just about everything we do at Camp. Canoe, kayak or sail the Rhode River, explore the woods on horseback, learn a new sport and design a masterpiece at Arts and Crafts. We’ll take you sea-sledding, introduce you to a polar bear plunge at the pool, and teach you campfire songs while you learn the secret of making the perfect s’more; and all of this while you make some great new friends!
LEADERS IN TRAINING (LiT) PROGRAM
AUGUST 3–15, AGE 16 (or on completion of high school sophomore year)
Call for Pricing information 410-919-1410
Are you ready to take the next step? Join our Training Director for 2 weeks of leadership development and all the fun of Camp. Through practical exercises and progressive lessons, you will use activities such as group discussion and
role-playing, to explore and practice your new skills. Complete tasks on problem-solving, communication, program
planning, public speaking, and conflict resolution—all while still enjoying a full camper experience. The LiT session lasts two weeks and participants remain at camp over the weekend. During this time, you will have additional opportunities to participate in fun and challenging team
building activities which facilitate the development of a strong, cohesive group of lifelong friends.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CiT) PROGRAM
JUNE 29–JULY 25, AGE 17 (or on completion of high school junior year)
Call for Pricing information 410-919-1410
Camp Letts is pleased to offer some exciting additions to our Counselor in Training program for 2014. While remaining true to the successful format of previous CiT programs, this year we are offering a 5th week free of charge! During this final week, our CiTs will gain experience and become certified in either the Maryland Safe Boating License or as an American Red Cross Lifeguard. These courses are in addition to the many other trainings we offer to successful applicants. These include, but are not limited to, sailing, waterskiing, paintball, high ropes, arts and crafts and equestrian instructor training. During your time at Camp, you will become part of a camper-centered community, learning just how we make camp special for each kid. You will develop practical skills that will transfer to a host of future experiences, from college to positions of employment.
Under the guidance of our dedicated Training Director, CiTs will be exposed to a range of scenarios that will prepare them to take an assistant counselor role in a cabin during their camp stay. Specific areas of attention include skill sessions on positive first impressions, the role of counselors in the cultivation of friendships and assisting campers in their development of independence in the supportive setting that only Camp provides. Please note that while many of our CiTs are former campers, this is not a prerequisite for enrollment into this program. Participants in this program are actively encouraged to apply as staff for the following summer.
+$150 Per Week
The Horse Masters program is designed for riders of all ages and skill levels. Campers are given an evaluation ride and then broken into groups according to their riding ability. Campers will learn grooming, tacking up, confirmation, general first aid, how to design a jump course and practice being an instructor. The Horse Masters program teaches riders to have a strong seat and leg for a secure position when riding. As a rider’s skill progresses, they will learn jump position, two point position, cantering on the correct lead, and jumping courses. Riders also participate in a weekly trail ride and a horse show here at Camp to demonstrate their new skills. Camp Letts’ CHA certified instructors give individual attention to all our riders and build a personal riding experience to fit each camper’s needs. Horse masters will spend three hours at the barn Monday through Friday.
+$25 Each Trail Ride
Our experienced, CHA certified equestrian staff lead campers on a scenic ride through our extensive wooded trails overlooking the Rhode River. This is a great introduction to the Equestrian Program for our curious campers. This Add-On allows campers to go on one or more trail rides during their stay. These rides take place outside of the normal activity periods so it will not interfere with any other activity choices. Campers may register for a maximum of 2 trail rides per week.
It is recommended that trail rides are booked prior to arrival at camp as spaces are limited.
+$150 PER WEEK
The power boating course prepares the participant to sit the Maryland Certificate of safe boating* exam. It’s a great and easy way to get certified amidst the fun of camp. Please note this is an academic class and Campers must pass the MD Safe Boating test. This is a pass/fail test.
*Anyone born after July 1, 1972 must have this certificate in their possession to legally operate a motorized vehicle in Maryland and most surrounding waters.
Ages 6-16 - Yellow Band
Price Included in Session Fee!
Ahoy Mate! Sailing 1 is an introduction to sailing that will teach you the basics and build your confidence. Experience what makes your boat glide through the water with just the wind as your motor. You will learn the parts of the boat, how to rig and de-rig, points of sail, steering, tacking and jibing. This free program is all about having fun while learning a new skill.
Ages 6-16 - Green Band
+$150 Per Week
For those of you ready to get serious about sailing, Sailing 2 is your step to becoming the next Jimmy Spithill. Our sailing instructors will guide you as you progress towards single handed sailing in our opti and laser fleets. Campers should have basic knowledge of rigging, boat handling and points of sail to enroll in sailing 2. You will learn wind awareness, effects of tides and currents and the finer points of sail trim while having fun with your camp buddies.
Ages 6-16 - Green Band
+$150 Per Week
It is time to race! Sailing 3 is all about advanced boat handling. This level introduces jibsail handling on our new Catalina Capris. You and your crew will be introduced to racing tactics, starts, mark rounding, Rules of Racing and much more. You will spend 95% of your time on the water refining your skills and preparing for the Sailing 3 Camp Regatta. That’s right, we are introducing our own racing series where you can compete for the Director’s Cup.
SEA SLED/ BANANA BOAT RIDES!
Ages 6-16 - Yellow Band
+$10 Per Extra Ride
Race across the water on one of our giant sea sleds. Each cabin will get the opportunity to experience the thrill of being pulled by one of our ski boats, for those who want more rides you can sign up before the session begins.
WATER SKIING AND WAKE BOARDING
AGES 8–16 - Green Band
+$200 Per Week
Get ON with our Water Skiing and Wake Boarding program! Whether it’s your very first time or you’re a freestyle pro, our experienced staff is ready to guide you. Our program concentrates on individual skill progression and a true belief that anyone can learn to ski!
AGES 11 AND OVER
+$200 Per Week
Paintball is a nonstop, action packed activity for campers. Each three hour session begins with a clinic where you can improve your skills and learn new tactics from our instructors before dividing into teams and playing one of our many themed games. Our program focuses on individual and team tactics, problem solving, group communication, and having a great time! We provide paintball markers, protective masks and the paint. No matter your level of experience, our classes are thrilling and guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
INTRO TO PAINTBALL
AGES 11 AND OVER
+$25 a person
Still not sure if paintball is for you? Then sign up for our introduction to paintball. Held each Sunday between 12:15pm and 1:15pm, this session is a 1 hour sampler of paintballing. You can even sign up an adult to play with you, giving you and your parent the chance to compete. Sign up in advance as spaces are limited.
Sample Day at Camp Letts
9:00–10:30am Activity Period #1
10:45am–12:15pm Activity Period #2
2:30pm Cabin Activity Period #1 (CAP)
Sailing 3 to Waterfront
3:30pm CAP #2
4:30pm CAP #3
5:30pm CAPs End
7:45–8:00pm Evening Program
9:00–9:30pm Showers/Cabin Chats
10:00pm Lights Out
9:00–10:30am Activity Period #1
10:45am–2:15pm Activity Period #2
1:30pm Pack Up Sailing 3 to Waterfront
4:00pm Check Out Begins
6:00pm Check Out Ends
RESIDENT CAMP ACTIVITIES
|Arts & Crafts||Ecology||Martial Arts||Softball|
|Basketball||Frisbee Golf||Rocketry||Swim Safety Program|
|Creative Writing||Games of all Kinds!||Intro to Sailing||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Cricket||Health & Wellness||Soccer||Water Games|
|Camp Fires||High Adventure Course||Softball||And much, much more!|
YMCA Camp Letts swim evaluation is as follows for levels of capabilities:
Can swim less than two lengths of the pool.
Can swim two lengths of the pool demonstrating a recognizable stroke other than back stroke.
Can swim four lengths of the pool demonstrating a recognizable stroke other than back stroke, and tread water for two minutes.
DETAILS AND POLICIES
YMCA Camp Letts recruits highly skilled individuals whose warmth, maturity and leadership have made them stand out. Our goal for the summer is that every camper leaves Camp Letts with an experience that will have them counting down the days until next year. The administrative staff of YMCA Camp Letts is available to assist campers and their families year-round. Our diverse staff consists of counselors from many different states and countries. All staff go through
an extensive screening process including interviews, multiple character references and fingerprinting by the state police and the FBI. All international staff are interviewed and vetted by the state department as part of their Visa application process. All staff have passed background checks in their country of origin that meet MD State, Federal and Interpol standards. Staff are selected based on the command of English and child care experience. Honesty, caring, respect and responsibility are the YMCA’s cornerstone character values, and are modeled by all of our staff members.
LODGING Campers live in separate gender, age-appropriate lodging groups with their counselors. A minimum of one counselor is assigned to every six campers. All cabins have indoor plumbing, except for the oldest boys. These campers live in our Rustic Cabins under the trees, and use the bathrooms in our nearby pool-
house and shower block. We allow for one bunk mate request per camper and both campers must make the matching request. Bunk mates must be within one yearof each other in age and the older camper will always move to a younger cabin if necessary. While we do our best to accommodate camper’s wishes bunk mate requests cannot be guaranteed.
PAYMENT PLANS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa Cards are accepted for registration or payments. After payment of your deposit your remaining balance can be broken into more manageable payments. You may set up an AutoPay (EFT) for your credit card or bank draft payments so that your payment may be automatically deducted for you. All camp sessions must be paid in full two weeks prior to the arrival of your camper. YMCA Camp Letts seeks to make its services available to all families. To apply for partial tuition assistance, call 410-919-1410. Completed applications must be received before March 15, 2014. Financial assistance is made possible by the YMCA’s Caring for Community scholarship fund.
A healthy diet is an important factor in a successful camp experience. We serve three well-balanced meals daily in our clean, spacious dining hall. Our nutritious menus include fresh fruits and low fat milk, a daily salad bar, and a variety of vegetarian options offered daily. Most dietary requirements can be met. Please call us in advance if you have any questions or would like to discuss the needs of your camper.
Campers are allowed every possible freedom within the limits of safety. However, as YMCA Camp Letts sits on a peninsula, aquatic safety is of the utmost importance. Each camper’s swimming skills are evaluated on the first day of camp to determine their abilities. Eligibility to use boats and/or participate in waterfront activities is determined by each camper’s swimming abilities. All resident campers who receive our beginner swim band color (RED) will be encouraged to participate in our Swimming Safety Program. The goal of the Swimming Safety Program is to encourage each camper to increase their level of comfort in and around water and help them advance to the next band level. THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE SWIMMING SAFETY PROGRAM.
Our Health Center is staffed by certified medical personnel, with a registered nurse on call at all times. All staff members are trained in emergency procedures and certified in First Aid and CPR. Additional medical facilities and emergency services are only minutes away in nearby Annapolis.
CHANGEOVER WEEKEND Campers staying for multiple, consecutive sessions may choose to stay at camp for the weekend in between rather than check out. Campers will participate in special games and activities. Laundry service will only be provided for campers staying for more than 2 consecutive sessions.
We do not allow campers to carry cash. Instead we encourage campers to put pocket money into a Camp Store Account. A minimum of $10 may be deposited into a store account. The amount you wish to deposit in the store account can be added to your camp balance when being paid. This account is used to purchase items from the Camp Store only. Campers are unable to withdraw money from this account. Any remaining money at the end of each camp session is donated to our 2015 Caring for Community scholarship fund. This fund enables children to attend YMCA Camp Letts who otherwise couldn’t afford it.
Bus service is available between Camp and select Y branches for $80 round trip or $40 one-way. Details are provided upon receipt of your confirmation packet. Airport transportation is also available upon request. Fees are applicable and vary based on airport. These fees are nonrefundable.
A camper is expected to enter Camp at the beginning of a session and to remain until the end of that session. No reduction in fees can be made for late arrivals or early departures.
Use of the telephone by campers is discouraged. Special arrangements are always made for emergencies.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
It is our desire to keep camp an electronics free zone. We want campers to enjoy the moment and make new friends at camp without the distractions of social media and the intrusions of digital technology. Camp will always arrange for campers to make necessary phone calls. Camper cell phones will be confiscated if found and returned upon check-out. Please do not send your Camper with a cell phone. CAMPERS USING A CELL PHONE AT CAMP MAY BE GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL! ELECTRONIC DEVICES INCLUDING MP3 PLAYERS, IPODS, IPADS AND PHONE CAPABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE NOT WELCOME AT CAMP AND WILL BE CONFISCATED.
When registering a camper for one of our one week overnight camps, a non-refundable registration fee of $300 per session must accompany your application to reserve your space. Day Camps and Try Out Camps require a non-refundable deposit is $50 per session and those on the waiting list who cannot be accommodated will have their deposit returned.
If your child does not have a current membership with a branch of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, you are required to pay the non-member program rate.
CHANGES TO REGISTRATION
Any changes made from the original application must be in writing and accompanied by a $25 change fee.
All fees are payable as follows: Nonrefundable registration fee must accompany the application. The balance of the Camp fee, Camp store, transportation and Add-On activity fees are due two weeks prior to the camper’s arrival. Bills are not rendered. Please mail all checks made payable to YMCA Camp Letts. If you are paying with a credit card or bank draft, Camp Letts can provide the form (in your confirmation packet) for this (EFT) service. In fairness to everyone, we will have to make substitutions from the waiting list if the full fee is not received within the allotted time. For payments made after the due date, we can only accept a certified check, credit card, money order or cash.
It is assumed that the applicant is a healthy child in good physical condition and mentally able to participate fully in the program unless otherwise stated in writing to the Camp Director. Campers are to be examined by a physician within 24 months prior to their arrival at Camp and the results will be recorded on the form provided by YMCA Camp Letts. We will mail this form after the registration has been received. Maryland State Health Law requires all campers attending YMCA CAMP LETTS have a completed health form. Campers are not allowed to attend camp without this completed health form. The health form and copy of your insurance card should be mailed 2 weeks prior to the camper’s arrival. If a camper needs special medical treatment, medication, hospital care, or physician’s service during their camp session, his/her parents or legal guardian will be responsible for these payments.
It is agreed and understood that the camper will cooperate and accept YMCA Camp Letts standards of behavior. Failure to do so may result in discipline or immediate dismissal with no refund.
The parent/guardian agrees and understands that in case of dismissal, homesickness or voluntary withdrawal, there will be no refund of camp fees. If it is deemed advisable by the camp to send a camper home due to medical reasons, a parent must request in writing a pro rata refund, with an attached doctor’s note. THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR NO SHOWS OR CANCELLATIONS MADE WITHIN TEN DAYS OF EXPECTED ARRIVAL DATE. There are also no refunds for cancellation of activities due to related weather conditions. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse any applicant and to cancel any reservation.
INSECT PREVENTION PROGRAM
At YMCA Camp Letts, we care deeply about your safety and comfort during your visit to our camp. Amongst other safety procedures, we have implemented and have invested in a very proactive insect prevention system. Each residential building undergoes a regularly scheduled and rigorous inspection combined with heat treatments and environmentally safe chemical treatments by a professional extermination company. Most insects (including bed bugs) cannot withstand temperatures of more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This combination of environmentally safe chemical and heat treatments creates a very comprehensive and aggressive prevention system that underscores the fact that we are taking the business of insect eradication very seriously. One thing parents can do to help Camp Letts remain insect-free is to place all belongings, including sleeping bags and bedding that your child will be bringing to camp in the clothes dryer for 40 minutes on high heat.
As you know, resident camping is the greatest experience you can have at our beautiful outdoor recreational environment at YMCA Camp Letts. We want you to enjoy all aspects of nature in its purest form. Rest assured you that we go out of our way to provide a safe and comfortable experience where you will build dreams that will last a lifetime.
If you are interested in more information regarding our insect prevention program or any safety programs related to our camp, please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Mason, YMCA Camp Letts’ Executive Director at Andrew.Mason@ymcadc.org.
Any camper may have his or her photograph taken during the course of activities and it is understood that YMCA Camp Letts has permission to use such photos for promotion and various publications.
All left behind items are bagged and stored for one week. Please label all of your camper’s belongings.