The YMCA’s Camp Letts is 106 years strong this year and still evolves with the times, making an impact on its campers and the world they live in.
Located in Edgewater, MD, the 218-acre camp is still a place where kids can share their experiences of camp together and learn from people of different backgrounds.
This year, both campers and counselors came from all over the world for Summer Camp, to kick back, have fun, and make new friends.
“It’s amazing to see how they build bonds in such a short time, especially our little ones,” said Andrew Mason, executive director of Camp Letts. “Some of them share the experience of coming to camp for the first time and some connect with someone more experienced with camp."
At Camp Letts it's clear to see that it is a genuine place for happy campers to make lasting friendships.
Campers Scarlett and Caroline (pictured above) are prime examples of one of those friendships made at camp.
“I wasn’t so sure if I would make a friend or not,” said Caroline, age 7.
“We met here,” said Scarlett, age 5. “And I actually think Caroline is kind of nice,” she said.
Along with building lifelong friendships, campers are also able to interact with counselors and other campers from all over the world.
This year alone, Camp Letts has 85 counselors, 56 of which are International Counselors, who came down just for the summer camp experience. There are counselors from Switzerland, Scotland, Iran, and many other countries as well as campers from China, France and more, adding an international flair to the camp world.
“We’re a very global camp, said Summer Camp Director, Tim Saxton. “What I really love about camp is that we live in this bubble reflecting the way the world should be. Where everyone comes together despite their background, race, color, beliefs, or economic background,” he said. “We’re all equal and working together to have fun, to learn something new, and to make a friend,” Saxton said.
“It’s definitely the epitome of diversity and inclusion,” said Mason.
Camp Counselor, Jaime from Scotland, said that this experience helps both the campers and the counselors gain knowledge and exposure.
“The cultural experiences for both the counselors and the campers are great because we learn about all the different states in America and they learn a lot about different countries that they probably never heard of before or never visited,”said Jaime (pictured above on right).
To further extend it's impact and fun times, Camp Letts has added a bonus week to its Summer Day Camp Program.
The last week of camp will now be August 20-24...so there's still time to join in on the fun!
With activities like archery, kayaking, horse-back riding, paint balling, swimming, character development and much more, you can still sign your child up to make his/her long life friendship at Camp Letts, YMCA.
Visit Camp Letts today for more information on registering your camper.