CAMP LETTS, safe or not?????
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Jim

Gaithersburg, MD

#22 May 20, 2013
tanya wrote:
were looking to take our children to camp letts for a 2 week long over night camp. I wanted some feedback on the kids that go there, any experience?? Someone told us about the counselors being from all different countries, and I wanted to know if their were any complaints about the day camps, or over night camps. I know nothing about the camp, but want a safe environment for my children. HAS ANYONE HAD ANY EXPERIENCE, GOOD OR BAD ABOUT CAMP LETTS.
I went to Letts as a kid, sent my kids and now have sent a grand child.

Letts is as safe- probably safer- than home. International staff are great young people so are the Americans. They choose to work at camp because they want to work with kids. Surely not for the pay. The professional YMCA staff keeps an eye on everything.

I don't think you can find one place with so many choices of activities anywhere else. Horses, boats, woods, arts and crafts, drama. music, swimming, leadership training, nature lore, science, water ski, and on and on.

The location must be seen to be believed. It's awesome.
Ben

Berkeley Springs, WV

#23 Jul 18, 2013
catherine wrote:
MY DAUGHTER WENT TO CAMPLETTS FOR THREE YEARS IN A ROW FROM THE AGE OF 11-14. sHE ALWAYS ENJOED IT .SHE DID COMPLAINOF THE STYFLING TEMPARTURE. BUT I CHALK IT UP TO BEING SPOILED ,AND TOOK HER A FAN. AS FAR AS THE COUNSELORS ARE CONCERNED THEY WERE ALL NICE AND WELCOMIMING EVEN THOUGH MY DAUGHTER DOES SUFFER FROM ASPERGERS AND IS QUITE STANBDOFFISH.MY CONCERN NOW IS THAT I HAVE A NINE YEAR OLD THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEND , BUT SHE IS OVERWEIGHT . I WORRY THEY WILL NOT BE AS NICE TO HER ...ANY ONE HAS ANY EXPERIENCE OR THOUGHTS . <quoted text>
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TURN OFF CAPS LOCK?
But anyways I went to camp let's a few years ago for a few days on a school field trip and I loved it you can go fishing and kayaking, you can play sports with the other campers like capture the flag (which was my favorite) and it seems like a great place to rent cabins out. The food wasnt bad and over all I would definitely recommend it. I had a good time.
billy

Ypsilanti, MI

#24 Jul 18, 2013
Billy wrote:
I have been reading a lot about problems with bedbugs at Camp Letts. Has anyone who has been there been bitten? Any info from people who have been there would be great!!
I went to camp Letts for a week and I saw no bed bugs. I did see lots of evidence of treatment for bedbugs but no one in our group brought anything back. The kids had a blast and the counselors were top notch. The food was great. I wish they could solve the bedbug problem that they have.
CCC

Manhattan Beach, CA

#25 May 27, 2014
Hi - I am bringing my 9-year-old daughter to the DC area for several weeks this summer and am looking for an overnight camp that has a bit of everything.
I'm a travel writer by trade and am very cautious about bed bug exposure, as I understand the great expense it takes to get rid of them.
Did Camp Letts have bed bugs, or not?
If so, have bed bug sniffing dogs gone through to verify they are gone?
Thank you.
Nick Scussel

Annapolis, MD

#26 Jun 1, 2014
Wrong I've been going there for years and there is no dry humpin or kissing the staff are very adamant on that also fans are allowed at all times the staff are very kind and helpful and the good may not be the highest quality but it is not harmful in any way

Since: May 09

Chesapeake, OH

#27 Jun 19, 2014
If you'd like another option for summer camp for your kids, try Camp Wabana... Just past Camp Letts. I loved it. It's a Christian run camp. The facilities are clean and well kept.

Since: May 09

Chesapeake, OH

#28 Jun 19, 2014
jkpcguru wrote:
If you'd like another option for summer camp for your kids, try Camp Wabana... Just past Camp Letts. I loved it. It's a Christian run camp. The facilities are clean and well kept.
One more thing. They weren't extremely Preachy... Which I appreciated.
Summer

Alexandria, VA

#29 Jun 20, 2014
I afraid that the mattresses will be uncomfortable for my kid.
Jared Lem

Bowie, MD

#30 Jul 15, 2014
Camp Letts was a joke! I got stitches in my left knee in 2009 after I fell on my knees. My parents sent me back in 2010 thinking they want me back again and I exploded! I destroyed my glasses after I got hit with a basketball, banged my head, threw rocks, and got explosive. I will never send my kids to that rotten camp! My mother had to pick me up in 2010 because I called her and told her I was livid! They lied to me and kids were breaking rules by sneaking on other people's property. It was so hot that I had to sleep in a hot cabin with other kids. There wasn't enough supervision and everybody was outside in the heat without power.
Bucky

Washington, DC

#31 May 8, 2015
I went here 20 years ago and loved it!
Laa1434

Bowie, MD

#33 Mar 27, 2017
anonymous wrote:
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I have worked at camp for the past several summers and attended camp as a camper for many years before this. Camp works very hard to ensure that every child is safe, happy and well looked after. Some children, however, just do not like being away from their parents or in a camp environment and we try our best to help these children transition, or to at least have a bit of fun or make a new friend while they are with us. Day camp can be difficult for some children and many feel homesick while away from their parents for the day. However, camp is a very safe place and the counselors are generally incredibly selfless, kind and warm people.
From what your children said, I gather that they did not like camp from the beginning and while that is unfortunate, it does happen. Regardless, a counselor would not have spoken to a child like that, we are taught to treat campers with understanding and counselors are well supervised in order to guarantee that we uphold that compassion.
On that second more serious allegation, the one of your child almost drowning, I very much doubt that. Pool time with day camp and resident camp is VERY well supervised. Many trained lifeguards are on duty when the pool time is in session and the pool manager is forbidden from opening the pool to campers unless a certain about of lifeguard to camper ratio is upheld. Even with many lifeguards on duty, non-lifeguard counselors and off-duty lifeguard counselors spend pool time with the campers in the pool in order to make sure that no child is in danger. Day camp is extra cautious when it comes to pool time, as it has the youngest campers on site and many are not skilled swimmers. I think it likely that your child had a bit of a fright in the pool and exaggerated his "drowning" scare.
On your third claim, I can assure you that this is 100% false. Never, in ten years of camp, have I ever heard of or witnessed someone getting shot through the hand or any part of their body with an arrow. The archery area of camp is also well supervised and there are strict rules set in place in order to prevent any such injuries. That incident absolutely did not happen. I would have suggested asking the camp about such events before assuming that such a thing had happened. In the event that something like that had occurred, camp would have kept detailed notes on it and would have been very helpful in clarifying what exactly had transpired.
On your fourth allegation, yes, children can be cruel and exclusionary, especially when they are around friends. However, camp works to include every camper into every activity and makes sure that everyone is getting along. After three days of camp, your children, unless they had actively been working against the attempts to include them, would no longer have felt excluded.

As I have had such wonderful experiences with camp in the past, it saddens me that your children did not enjoy their time with Letts. It is not an experience for everyone but it is a wonderful, safe, clean and welcoming home away from home.
Were you there? No? Well both of my children agreed on the things I posted about having occurred. They don't lie. My older son stated that all of the lifeguard/counselor adults there were talking amongst themselves when his little brother was continuously going underwater. Would you like me to give you the name of the counselor who was so rude to my child? He has never lied and I can assure YOU that everything I wrote DID OCCUR.
Laa1434

Bowie, MD

#34 Mar 27, 2017
Jon wrote:
@Laa1434

You are a lying liar who lies.
There are NO crossbows at Camp Letts. Only bows and arrows. There has been NO incidents like the one you have described. The camp has to report accidents, there has been NOTHING reported like what you claimed.

Here is some advice... stay in your Upper Marlboro hood rat ghetto.
Wtf is wrong with you? Besides being an a-hole? FYI I live in a $500,000 home in Mitchellville. No hoodrats here. You're an abusive prejudiced pig.

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