Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Letts | YMCA DC

Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Letts

At Camp Letts Overnight Camp, kids become a community as they learn how to be more independent and collaborative while engaging in physical, social and educational activities. The building blocks are always the same, but we take pride in the fact that every week with us is different. 

Kids try new activities, make friends with new people, and make memories that last a lifetime. Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Letts opens up a whole new world of summer fun!  


What to Bring to Overnight Camp

(Please label ALL items with your camper’s name)

  • 5 masks that cover both chin and nose (masking requirements change depending on infection rates and local guidelines)
  • Sleeping bag OR a blanket, 2 sheets (twin size), pillow and case
  • 2 towels for swimming use
  • 2 towels for bathing use
  • 2 bathing suits
  • 5 t-shirt or short-sleeve shirts
  • 2 sets of pajamas
  • 1 pair of long pants (5 if signed up for HorseMasters)
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt (5 if signed up for Paintball)
  • 5 pairs of shorts
  • 6 sets of underwear and socks
  • 2 pairs of tennis shoes or sneakers (close-toed)
  • 1 comb or brush
  • 1 flashlight
  • Water shoes, sandals or sneakers that can get wet and remain secured on the campers feet
  • Sunscreen (waterproof)
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack to carry sunscreen, towel and water bottle
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • 1 light jacket
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Laundry bag


  • Book, journal, activity pad for siesta
  • Pre-addressed & stamped postcard/envelops with pen
  • Personal fan
  • Hat or baseball cap
  • Sunglasses


Camp is a natural setting to retreat from electronic technology and to get more in touch with yourself, your surroundings and others. Please do not bring the following items to camp:

  • Cell phone are not permitted at camp
  • game and trading cards
  • Nuts and all items that are made with/contain nuts or nut butters
  • Valuable or personal items that could get lost, stolen or damaged such as cameras, radios, expensive watches, jewelry, ipads, personal music players, headphones, video games and other electronic devices including smart watches.

Week 1: Pirate Week – Water battle, Design your cabin flag, and more! 

Week 2: Wild West Week – Camp wide Gold Rush hunt and more! 

Week 3: Superhero Week – Counselor hunt, find the heroes! 

Week 4: Fantasy Week  – Camp Letts Renaissance Festival and more! 

Week 5: International Week – International fair and activities highlighting our international staff’s home countries and traditions! 

Week 6: Legacy Week – Traditional color war red vs blue! What team will come out victorious with the most points at the end of the week, we can’t wait to find out! 

Week 7: Hollywood Week – Cabins will make their own movies, awards night showing casing the movies created, and more! 

Week 8: Holiday Week – Haunted trail walks, egg hunt, find the leprechauns and more! 

Week 9: Splish Splash Week – Cabins will create their own cardboard boat and race them  across our pool and more! 

Check In: Sunday, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Location: Camp Road  

We are asking that you come in the time slots below. There are 200 campers arriving on Sunday so please keep in mind there will be a little wait, but these time slots should greatly decrease your wait times! 



AGES 6-9: Please arrive between 1-1:45pm   

AGES 9-12: Please arrive between 1:45-2:30pm   

AGES 12+: Please arrive between 2:30-3:00pm   


*If you have multiple campers that you are dropping off, please arrive at the youngest sibling/camper’s age  


Check Out: Friday, 3:30pm-5:30pm. Location: Dining Hall Parking Lot    

  • Please note the new time frame for 2023 
  • All individuals picking up a child must present a valid PHOTO ID matching the name as it appears on the approved pick-up list provided by the parent/guardian. 
  • If you need an early pick up, please call the main office to coordinate. We do not allow early pick up from 3:00pm-3:30pm. 

Awards Ceremony: Friday, 3:30pm Location: Dining Hall. 

We are excited to announce that the 2023 camp registration is now an all-inclusive fee, based off age and swim test results, to include Paintball and Sailing with the residential Camp Letts experience. Equestrian Add-On’s are still an additional price.


Horse Masters ($250): The Horse Masters program is designed for riders of all skill levels. Campers are given an evaluation ride and broken into groups according to their riding ability. You will learn grooming, tacking up, conformation, 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 may learn two point position, cantering on the correct lead and jumping courses. We will also host a horse show here at Camp Letts to demonstrate their new skills. Camp Letts’ instructors give individual attention to all riders and build a personal riding experience for each camper. Horse Masters will spend three hours at the barn Monday through Friday. All participants must have closed toe riding shoes with at least a 1/2 inch heel and long pants.


Trail Ride ($45): Our 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 curious campers. Rides take place outside of the normal activity periods so you can experience all of Camp Letts and more. Campers may register for 1 trail ride per week. Participants must have long pants and closed toe shoes to ride. Space is limited, so please book trail rides prior to arrival at camp.

Overnight Camp Weeks

$858/week (Member) // $908/week (Non-Member) – Ages 6-16

Week 1: 6/18– 6/23 – Pirate Week 
Week 2: 6/25 – 6/30 – Wild West Week 
Week 3: 7/2 – 7/7 – Superhero Week 
Week 4: 7/9 – 7/14 – Fantasy Week  
Week 5: 7/16 – 7/21 – International Week 
Week 6: 7/23 – 7/28 – Legacy Week 
Week 7: 7/30 – 8/4  – Hollywood Week 
Week 8: 8/6 – 8/11 – Holiday Week 
Week 9: 8/13 – 8/18 – Splish Splash Week

Leader in Training: Weeks 1-2 (June 18-30) Ages 15-16 // Member: $1,499/Non-Member: $1,549
Counselor in Training: Weeks 4-6 (July 9-28) Ages 16-17 // Member: $1,599/Non-Member: $1,649

Once you have completed your registrations for your camper(s) you are good to go….for the time being! You will receive an email at a later date regarding registration paperwork as we are currently updating our paperwork portal. Letts make this the best summer yet.

We are excited to announce that the 2023 camp registration is now an all-inclusive fee, based off age and swim test results, to include Paintball and Sailing with the residential Camp Letts experience. Horse Masters Add-On will remain an additional fee and registration for this add-on will be released at a later date.

Watch the videos below from past years of camp and get excited! Overnight Camp at YMCA Camp Letts will be here before you know it!