Summer Camps in Northwest DC, Bethesda, MD & Oakton, VA (202) 625-1921

What to Bring to Camp

Recommended items for all campers

  • Sunscreen & sun protection
  • Comfortable athletic clothing & sneakers
  • Hat
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle (we provide plenty of water for refills at all times)

Click on your camp for more specifics on what to bring:


What to Bring for Junior Day Camp & Day Camp

Label all belongings with camper’s first and last name and pack everything in one backpack.

  • Lunch & Water
    • Pack in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and all necessary utensils and napkins
    • Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
    • We will provide a snack for all Junior Day Camp and Day Camp campers consisting of either Goldfish, pretzels or Teddy Grahams. If you prefer your camper eat a different snack, please pack an additional snack for snack time.
  • Swimming
    • To expedite transition time and maximize swim time, young campers (rising 1st graders and younger) should arrive already wearing their swimsuit under their clothing
    • Pack a change of clothes (including underwear) for after swimming
    • Towel
    • Goggles recommended but not mandatory
  • Shoes
    • Sneakers or closed-toe shoes with a back to prevent them from falling off; no flip flops
  • Sunscreen
    • Please apply to camper 20 minutes before arrival at camp for optimal coverage and effectiveness
    • Please label sunscreen and pack in a Ziploc bag with your camper’s name for reapplication throughout the day
    • Note: Counselors are trained to assist with sunscreen application. We’ll hold onto campers’ sunscreen throughout the week and leftover sunscreen will go home with campers each Friday.

What to Bring for Connect.Create.Discover. Camp

Label all belongings with camper’s first and last name and pack everything in one backpack.

  • Lunch & Water
    • Pack in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and all necessary utensils and napkins
    • Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
  • Swimming
    • Bathing suit
    • Towel
    • Goggles recommended but not mandatory
    • Pack a change of clothes (including underwear) for after swimming
  • Shoes
    • Sneakers or closed-toe shoes with a back to prevent them from falling off; no flip flops
  • Sunscreen
    • Please apply to camper 20 minutes before arrival at camp for optimal coverage and effectiveness
    • Please label sunscreen and pack in a Ziploc bag with your camper’s name for reapplication throughout the day
    • Note: Counselors are trained to assist with sunscreen application. We’ll hold onto campers’ sunscreen throughout the week and leftover sunscreen will go home with campers each Friday.
  • Snack (optional — we will make time for a quick snack for campers who would like to have one but we do not provide a snack for Connect. Create. Discover campers)

What to Bring for Basketball Camp

  • Sneakers
  • Lunch: Please pack lunch in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and with all necessary plastic/disposable utensils and napkins
  • Water: Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
  • Snack (optional — we will make time for a quick snack for campers who would like to have one but we do not provide a snack for Basketball Camp)
  • Note: There is no swimming on this program, so it’s not necessary to bring a bathing suit or towel.

What to Bring for Soccer Camp

  • Hat (to protect face from the sun)
  • Shin guards
  • Sneakers
  • Lunch: Please pack lunch in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and with all necessary plastic/disposable utensils and napkins
  • Water: Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
  • Sunscreen:
    • Please apply to camper 20 minutes before arrival at camp for optimal coverage and effectiveness.
    • Please label sunscreen and pack in a marked Ziploc bag with your camper’s name for reapplication throughout the day
  • Soccer ball (optional)
  • Cleats (optional) — if your camper chooses to wear cleats, please bring sneakers so that they can participate fully in any indoor programming. Cleats are absolutely not allowed in the gym – no exceptions.
  • Snack (optional — we will make time for a quick snack for campers who would like to have one but we do not provide a snack for Soccer Camp)
  • Note: There is no swimming on this program, so it’s not necessary to bring a bathing suit.

What to Bring for Multi-Sport Camp

  • Bathing suit and towel for Swim
    • To expedite transition time and maximize swim time, we ask that young campers (rising 1st graders and younger) arrive already wearing their swimsuit under their clothing
    • Please pack a change of clothes for after swimming
  • Lunch: Please pack lunch in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and with all necessary plastic/disposable utensils and napkins
  • Water: Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
  • Sunscreen:
    • Please apply to camper 20 minutes before arrival at camp for optimal coverage and effectiveness.
    • Please label sunscreen and pack in a marked Ziploc bag with your camper’s name for reapplication throughout the day
    • Note: Counselors are trained to assist with sunscreen application. We’ll hold onto campers’ sunscreen throughout the week and leftover sunscreen will go home with campers each Friday.
  • Hat (to protect face from the sun)
  • Snack (optional — we will make time for a quick snack for campers who would like to have one but we do not provide a snack for Multi-Sport Camp)

What to Bring for STEM Camp

  • Lunch: Please pack lunch in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and with all necessary plastic/disposable utensils and napkins
  • Water: Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
  • Sunscreen:
    • Please apply to camper 20 minutes before arrival at camp for optimal coverage and effectiveness.
    • Please label sunscreen and pack in a marked Ziploc bag with your camper’s name for reapplication throughout the day
  • Bathing suit and towel for water play
  • Snack (optional — we will make time for a quick snack for campers who would like to have one but we do not provide a snack for Science & Engineering Camp)

What to Bring for Girls in Science Camp

What Not To Bring To Camp

  • Electronic devices including gaming devices and iPads
  • Pokémon cards or other trading cards
  • Cell phones

Please Note: If your camper does bring any of these items lists in the “What not to Bring to Camp” list, The Headfirst Companies are not responsible for any lost item(s).

  • Please be sure to label all equipment with camper’s name.
  • Recommendations for specific programs are below the general recommendations.
As the mother of 3 — who now has had a lot of experience signing up for summer camps — Headfirst is by far the most outstanding summer program I have encountered in this area. I was just reminded of that a few minutes ago when I was signing up my son for the baseball camp and called the office to ask a few questions. Truly outstanding people. Enu M.
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