Summer Camp 2021 is a Go!

We are excited to announce that YMCA Camp Letts will be offering Overnight and Day Camp in 2021! We have modified our summer schedule and programs to meet COVID-19 Guidelines as set by the CDC, American Camp Association, and the Maryland Department of Health.

Click here to learn about our COVID Guidelines

What Will YMCA Camp Letts Look Like This Year?

Registration for Summer Camp 2021:

  • Registration for Overnight and Day Camp will open on April 10th, 2021!

Summer Camp Dates 2021:

  • This year, we will not be offering Week 1 of Overnight or Day Camp. Please see the dates below for 2021 Camp Weeks.

Resident Camp Weeks

Week 2: 6/20 – 6/25 (Pirate Week)

Week 3: 6/27 – 7/2 (Olympic Week)

Week 4: 7/4 – 7/9 (Wild West Week)

Week 5: 7/11 – 7/16 (Super Hero Week)

Week 6: 7/18 – 7/23 (Fairy Tale Week)

Week 7: 7/25 – 7/30 (Hollywood Week)

Week 8: 8/1 – 8/6 (Halloween Week)

Week 9: 8/8 – 8/13 (Letts Legacy Games)

Day Camp Weeks

Week 2: 6/21 – 6/25 (Pirate Week)

Week 3: 6/28 – 7/2 (Olympic Week)

Week 4: 7/5 – 7/9 (Wild West Week)

Week 5: 7/12 – 7/16 (Super Hero Week)

Week 6: 7/19 – 7/23 (Fairy Tale Week)

Week 7: 7/26 – 7/30 (Hollywood Week)

Week 8: 8/2 – 8/6 (Halloween Week)

Week 9: 8/9 – 8/13 (Letts Legacy Games)

Week 10: 8/16 – 8/20

  • While you will be able to register your camper for consecutive weeks of Overnight Camp, we will not be running changeover weekends this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. All Overnight campers must be picked up on Friday between 4pm-6pm and can return on Sunday between 1pm-3pm. Staggered drop-of and pick-up will be scheduled to reduce the number of families we have on camp at one time.
  • The following Add-ons will not be available this year due to COVID-19 restrictions: sailing, waterski, wakeboard, horse masters, trail rides, paintball, and bus transportation to camp.
  • You will be able to select the store money Add-on, which allows you to add money to your camper’s account to be spent in the Camp Letts store.
  • The Day Camp Thursday night campfire and sleepover will not be available this year.
  • The Leaders in Training and Counselor in Training programs will not be available this year.
  • Day Camp extended hours will not be available this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.   Day camp drop-off will be 8:30am-9:00am and pick-up will be 5:00pm-5:30pm.
  • At this time, we do not plan on offering in-person open houses at YMCA Camp Letts.

Pre-Camp Procedures:

  • 10 days before arrival at Camp: Begin “Low Risk Period”. During the low risk period, families should be following CDC guidelines strictly to ensure the lowest risk possible is taken during the 10 days leading up to arrival day at camp. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Wearing a mask when interacting with members outside of your household.
    • Maintaining social distance from people outside your household.
    • Washing hand with soap and water frequently.
    • Limiting indoor gathering with members outside of your household.
  • 3-5 days before arrival at Camp
    • All campers must complete a PCR COVID-19 test and bring proof of negative results on arrival day.
  • If your camper is coming for consecutive weeks of Overnight Camp, we will not be offering changeover weekends this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. You will need to schedule a PCR COVID test for Friday after you leave camp and adhere to the “low risk period”, as stated above, during your camper’s weekend at home.

Arrival day:

  • Drop off will look very different this year. In order to limit the number of people dropping campers off at one time, staggered arrival times will be scheduled. You will be notified of your drop off time 2 weeks prior to your camper’s start date.
  • While we know parents love to help move their camper’s into the cabin, we will ask all parents to remain at your car. Doing so will help us minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. A Camp Letts staff member will complete a COVID-19 health screen, welcome the camper into camp, bring their luggage to the cabin, and help the camper unpack and get settled in.

Health Screening:

  • A YMCA Camp Letts staff member will complete a health screen for each camper as they arrive at camp. This health screen includes a temperature check and questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Health screens will be completed each morning of a camper’s week.

Additional Cleaning:

  • YMCA Camp Letts staff will complete frequent cleaning of high touch areas, indoor spaces, cabins, and program areas throughout the day.
  • Program areas and equipment will be cleaned between each group.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available in every cabin, indoor space, and program area.

What is a cohort and what does that mean for my camper?

  • Overnight Campers will be placed in a cabin with other campers similar in age and gender, as we have done in years prior. There will be a maximum of 12 campers and 2 staff in each cabin. Each cabin will act as a separate cohort.
  • Day Campers will be placed in a group of 13 campers and 2 staff, which will serve as their cohort. They will stay with the same group for their entire week at Day Camp.
  • Each cohort will participate in their individual activities, remaining physically separated from other cohorts.

What is the Camp mask policy for summer 2021?

  • When at Camp, all campers and staff will wear a mask at all times except when sleeping, eating, drinking, outside and socially distanced, or it is unsafe to wear a mask (excessive heat, swimming, paddle sports, or medical reasons)
  • Overnight Campers should bring at least 5 cloth masks for their session. YMCA Camp Letts will not accept exhalation valves, gaiters, or bandanas. Masks must completely cover both the nose and mouth.

What is the social distancing policy for summer 2021?

  • Campers and staff will be asked to maintain social distance between each other at all times possible. There will be times during camp when social distance cannot be maintained (i.e. staff helping put a harness on a camper, entering and exiting canoes and kayaks, helping a camper apply sunscreen, etc). During these times, both the staff and camper will be masked.

What if my camper/a camper in my camper’s cabin is displaying symptoms of COVID-19?

  • If a camper is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, they will be moved into a monitored isolation room and their parent/guardian will be notified. The camper’s cabin mates will undergo additional health screenings and will continue operating as a separate cohort. The camper displaying COVID-19 symptoms must be picked up as soon as possible and will have to remain at home until a negative COVID test can be produced and they are free of COVID symptoms. The test must be a PCR test. Rapid Antigen tests will not be accepted. The camper may return to camp once they have a negative COVID test result and are symptom free.
  • If a camper tests positive for COVID-19, contract tracing workflows from the Maryland Department of Health will be followed and the camper’s cabin will be in quarantine. As long as the cabin mates are symptom-free, they will be able to participate in camp activities away from other cabins.

How many people will be in one cabin and what are the sleeping arrangements like?

  • We plan to sleep a maximum of 12 campers and 2 staff per cabin.
  • Campers will be positioned on bunk beds as shown in the diagram below. The combination of head-to-toe orientation and splitting campers between top and bottom bunks will help to maximize distance between camper’s faces while sleeping. Each wing of the cabin has a set of beds, as shown below, on opposite sides of the room. A total of 6 campers will sleep in each wing of the cabin. Staff will sleep in a single bed, spaced 6 feet from any of the campers.

How will the Dining Hall operate for summer 2021?

  • With our reduced numbers at camp this year, the dining hall will not exceed 50% of its maximum capacity at any time.
  • The sliding glass doors will be open in the Dining Hall, with the air conditioning on to encourage additional ventilation. Tables and chairs will be distanced to ensure proper spacing between campers while eating.
  • Campers will sit with their cabin, and meals will be served family style with only a staff member handling the serving utensils.
  • Day Campers will eat lunch in a separate space from Overnight Campers.

What COVID procedures will be in place for the YMCA Camp Letts staff?

  • YMCA Camp Letts will have all staff vaccinated before the start of summer camp.
  • The staff will be asked to complete the same pre-camp procedures as the campers.
  • Staff will have time off during the summer and will be allowed to leave camp with limitations. During time off, staff will be asked to wear a mask, maintain social distance from others, and not dine inside of restaurants.

We understand that a lot has changed over the last year in regards to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. YMCA Camp Letts is staying current with these guidelines and will update our procedures/policies as recommended by the CDC and government entities. We will be hosting virtual town halls this spring to talk more about what camp will look like this year and answer any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming campers back to YMCA Camp Letts!

Andrew Post
Associate Executive Director

4003 Camp Letts Rd. P.O. Box 208

Edgewater, MD, 21037
(P) 410-919-1400
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