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tanya

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Jun 9, 2009
 
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.
JLO6879

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Oct 4, 2009
 
I sent my twelve year old boy there for the whole summer- kids dry hump at the dances and four people were caught kissing eachother there. He says the cots are uncomfortable and the night is hot and certain cabins wouldn't let you use fans. I wouldnt reccomend it. He says the counselors are rude. He found a finger nail clipping in his beef-a-roni and a long gray hair in his potato salad. It's up to you, but i think its overpriced and overated. Do one of those teens-on-the-go camps.
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Brusly, LA

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Oct 14, 2009
 
I think all camps are the same. I'd ask to look over any abuse allegations,etc. & then ask for references
Leesburg

Leesburg, VA

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Feb 24, 2010
 
Did your kids go? Was it safe and fun? I'm researching this camp as well. Any advice or comments will help.
Lisa

United States

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#5
Oct 19, 2010
 
Dear Lord, the posting from JL06879 sounds like it was written by the disgruntled 12 year old himself, who I suspect did not like camp and wanted to find any excuse in the world not to get sent away again. And I hate to point it out, but 12 year olds have hormones.

Still, our experience with Camp Letts has been wonderful. The cots are best described as rustic, and air conditioning is not the rule, but it is camp - not the holiday inn.

The best part of the camp is the sailing program. If your kid wants to sail, I can't think of a better place
fia

Torino, Italy

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#6
Nov 24, 2010
 
I went to camp letts 3 years in a row and im still going back! im 15 and i LOVE it!! the cots are terrible, but seriously its camp! and summer time in md and dc is not exactly cool, most years! the dances are pretty appropriate, i meen theres not foot between people rules but noone dry humps! and if they do they are seperated! i've gotten a rude counselor or two, but there mostly diverse, fun, and super friendly! its not that overpriced if you consider the lodging for 2 weeks, and food!! and all the other activities!! its an amzing place! but if your a complainer or cant live without your rents its not the place for you! and theres never been a time you cant use fans! wtf!! i love camp letts its amazing!
catherine

Bethesda, MD

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Jan 24, 2012
 
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 .
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.
Shy Gurl

Kenner, LA

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Apr 13, 2012
 
My cousin went to Camp Letts and LOVED IT!!! His mom recommended it to me and I am going. My cousin thought it was the best thing since sliced bread!!! Hope this comment helps you!!!
1234567890EEE

Silver Spring, MD

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#9
Jun 12, 2012
 
huh
I'd like to go thoughts on what I should bring other than clothes?
mmmom

Lawrence, KS

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Jun 18, 2012
 
My daughter went for two weeks last summer. The facilities were unclean and she, her friend, and many other children got very sick. We picked her up with a fever of 103 and she remained sick for a week. She witnessed other troubled campers engaging in behaviors that were inappropriate. These kids were not properly supervised. We sent her with a fan, but the camp was blistering hot. Needless to say, she will never go back.
Kelly

Bethesda, MD

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#11
Jul 16, 2012
 
Hi i went to camp letts it was great i loved it. you make great friends there and i'm going back in 7 days i loved it that much!!!
Alyson

Bethesda, MD

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#12
Jul 26, 2012
 
I went to camp letts for 4 weeks and I loved it. In horse back riding the horses are great, and it is overall clean. I would give it 5 stars!
Billy

Rosedale, MD

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#14
Oct 7, 2012
 
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!!
Dat Kidd

Sterling, VA

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#15
Jan 28, 2013
 
I have been here and it's not bad at all, the paintball is great, I did get neumonia while I was there, but I was the only sick kid out of the whole boys group. So tell me this, whoever sizes it up to be horrible, ever thought your kid was lying?
Lettsmom

Silver Spring, MD

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#16
Mar 22, 2013
 
I have sent two kids to Camp Letts, and they both enjoyed it. In 2012, however, my son brought back some bed bugs from camp. He took his favorite pillow with him which was a big mistake (letting him bring it back in the house was).
Laa1434

Bowie, MD

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Apr 8, 2013
 
I sent my two boys to day camp last year. After the first day they begged not to go back. I made them to, thinking they were just overreacting. Second day - worse. Third day they came home and told me how rude one counselor had been to them. He had asked my 10 yr old why he was there if he didnt want to be and then speculate
D that maybe his parents wanted to get rid of him because he was a pain!! My 6 yo nearly drowned before someone helped him at the pool. Someone else there got a crossbow arrow shot right through their hand!

The regulars are not nice to the newbies and try to bully them or exclude them.

I give it a big thumbs down. After the third day i didn't send my boys back and wrote a nice long letter to the camp. I did receive a reply with an apology. But my $600+ was gone. At least i got my kids back safely, no thanks to the camp. I don't think it is a clean, safe or friendly place.
Anonymouss

Bowie, MD

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#18
Apr 10, 2013
 
HECK YES
BoDe114Sarah

Kew, Australia

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Apr 13, 2013
 
Although you're going to get kids who don't like camp anywhere, the facilities at Camp Letts are both clean and safe. It's a YMCA, non profit camp- its never going to have to same expensive equipment that other private camps can afford, as as for the heat, summer in Maryland is hot. Campers are allowed to bring a fan, and the only time there wasn't access to these fans last summer was when the power went out for the majority of Edgewater, after a huge storm.

Having worked at Archery at camp, I can promise you that there are absolutely no crossbows, and that the arrows used do not have points on them, only rounded tips, so it would never have either the force or shape necessary to pierce someone's hand- perhaps consider that your 6 year old may have been making up stories in order to not go back to camp.

The pool during day camp is not only supervised by several highly qualified lifeguards, but the counselors are all there supervising your child as well, and kids who are unable to swim confidently are told to stay in certain roped off areas and given noodles, floaties or other flotation devices to use- therefore it is not even close to possible that your child 'nearly drowned'.

As for the allegations of 'dry-humping' at the dances, the dances are HEAVILY supervised, with counselors everywhere, there is a 'two fist rule' enforced, and campers are not allowed to so much as hold hands without having counselors making sure they are behaving appropriately. Kids will be kids, and if your biggest complaint is that 4 out of about 350 kids kissed each other, maybe you should consider the sorts of things these kids can get up to when they are under your supervision, which im guessing doesnt involve them to literally be supervised constantly.

Some kids are not camp people, this is the not the environment that is fun for them and that is not their fault, nor am I saying that is wrong or bad, but Camp Letts is a safe, fun and supportive environment, and having worked there, I can tell you that a huge majority of these allegations are just not possible.
anonymous

Washington, DC

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May 20, 2013
 
Laa1434 wrote:
I sent my two boys to day camp last year. After the first day they begged not to go back. I made them to, thinking they were just overreacting. Second day - worse. Third day they came home and told me how rude one counselor had been to them. He had asked my 10 yr old why he was there if he didnt want to be and then speculate
D that maybe his parents wanted to get rid of him because he was a pain!! My 6 yo nearly drowned before someone helped him at the pool. Someone else there got a crossbow arrow shot right through their hand!
The regulars are not nice to the newbies and try to bully them or exclude them.
I give it a big thumbs down. After the third day i didn't send my boys back and wrote a nice long letter to the camp. I did receive a reply with an apology. But my $600+ was gone. At least i got my kids back safely, no thanks to the camp. I don't think it is a clean, safe or friendly place.
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.
anonymous

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May 20, 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>
I am so glad to hear that your daughter enjoyed her time with camp! Camp is welcoming to any child, regardless of weight or physical condition! I'm sure your daughter would love her time at camp and the counselors would not treat her any differently because of her weight. If you have any concerns, you can always specify with camp management that your daughter could use a little extra supervision in order to ensure that she is not being teased or bullied by other campers, but in most cases, it doesn't seem to be an issue! Camp is generally a welcoming place and bullying is taken very seriously by counselors and management alike!

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