Junior Day Camp – Half Day – Bethesda

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  • 9am - 12pm


  • Rising Pre-K & Younger


  • 6:1

Camp Extras

Junior Day Camp – Half Day – Bethesda


Our half day option offers our youngest campers the opportunity to sample all the fun and excitement of summer camp before moving to full day. Campers rotate through the same roster of activities as our full day Junior Day campers, including art, STEM, music, sports, and storytime, as well as instructional swim. And with their modified schedule, these young campers are able to practice important skills for building independence, such as listening to directions and transitioning from one activity to the next. They’ll also attend our all-camp meeting each morning and be eligible to earn the coveted Headfirst Icees for exhibiting traits like optimism, grit, and resiliency. Our highly-trained staff, easy carpool drop off, and daily blog updates make the transition to camp fun and easy for parents as well.

*Please note that half day campers are grouped separately from full day campers because of scheduling, and therefore we cannot accommodate buddy requests between these groups.

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Week 1 (June 10 - June 14) Sold Out $325 Dino Detectives
Week 2 (June 17 - June 21) Sold Out $325 Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Week 3 (June 24 - June 28) Sold Out $325 Superhero Savers
Week 4 (July 1 - July 3) Sold Out $229 Mountains, Monuments and More
Week 5 (July 8 - July 12) Sold Out $325 Budding Builders
Week 6 (July 15 - July 19) Sold Out $325 Arctic Adventure
Week 7 (July 22 - July 26) Sold Out $325 Tahitian Tour
Week 8 (July 29 - August 2) Sold Out $325 Animal Antics
Week 9 (August 5 - August 9) Sold Out $325 Sea it to Be it
Week 10 (August 12 - August 16) Sold Out $325 Safari Savers

Weekly Themes

Dino Detectives

When an almost complete fossilized skeleton of large and mysterious bones is discovered at Headfirst, it’ll be up to the campers to identify what kind of dinosaur roamed their site millions of years before them. They’ll have to hone their deductive reasoning skills and learn all they can about fossils to see if they can find the missing pieces to complete the puzzle. The game is afoot in this dynamite dino-mystery!

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

This week, campers will be learning about one of the most sophisticated and miraculous creations on the planet—our bodies! Through a series fun and interactive art and STEM projects, they’ll examine how the human anatomy is made up of incredible systems designed to help us bounce back, both mentally and physically, from all kinds of setbacks. Campers will love learning how the body they walk around in every day is constantly adapting and growing in order to help them take better care of themselves … from head to toe!

Superhero Savers

For years, two superhero trainers known as “Hope” and “Action” have worked together to protect Headfirstopolis. So when the unthinkable happens and super villains infiltrate our camp and capture Action, our campers must act. They’ll have to dig deep within themselves to find their own unique talents and strengths, then work together to save Headfirstopolis. Along the way, they’ll develop their own superhero identities, complete with costumes and special powers. Will their hard work and optimism be enough to save Action before it’s too late?

Mountains, Monuments and More

Headfirst’s beloved mascot, Gomer, has decided he wants to celebrate July 4th by going to see some fireworks… in California! With over 2,400 miles to cover and just a few days to get there, campers will have to learn about our country’s geography, famous monuments and sights, and the importance of backwards planning to make this virtual road trip a reality. Will the campers get there in time to see the fireworks display, or will they let any little “bump in the road” prevent them from achieving their goal?

Budding Builders

Move over, Iggy Peck Architect! This week, campers will be tasked with creating a structure to help provide shade for Headfirst’s beloved mascot, Gomer. They’ll have to work together, using real tools and materials, through all stages of building, including visualizing, planning and creating their structure. Campers should bring their favorite tool belts and blueprints, along with their most creative thinking, to this exciting architectural challenge!

Arctic Adventure

Campers will enjoy a snow-filled week as they help an Emperor Penguin traverse the Arctic Circle to relocate his colony. They’ll learn about life in the north pole, find a safe location where the penguin’s colony can thrive, and help him navigate back home, despite the fact that some of his landmarks have changed. Along the way, they’ll learn about different types of arctic animals, paint watercolors of the Northern lights, and much more. There’s “snow” place like camp!

Tahitian Tour

There’s a lot of rumbling coming from the South Pacific Ocean! The Polynesian goddess, Pele, is frustrated by the way humans have been treating the Earth, and is erupting in fits of anger, creating a string of volcanoes ravaging the area. Our campers will be island-hopping to learn as much as they can about the region, including the flora, fauna and wildlife that make Polynesia so unique. By Friday, they’ll need to convince Pele to control her emotions and save this beautiful region, before she unleashes her largest volcano yet and buries it all under ash.

Animal Antics

As things start to go missing around various Headfirst sites, our campers are called to investigate! From missing icees to lost wristbands, something or someone is “borrowing” from our site – but who could it be?! Campers will investigate the animals living in their own DC-area backyards to figure out whodunit. Investigations will include everything from their prints to their droppings. By staying persistent, they’ll be able to apprehend the suspect to avoid any more missing goods… and may even make a furry friend along the way!

Sea it to Be it

When a deep-sea dweller washes ashore in the Headfirst Tidal Pool, it’ll be up to our campers to think beyond the usual specimens we associate with the sea and dive deep into the unexplored parts of the ocean. As campers develop a plan of action to help save the mysterious sea creature, they must also consider what resources they have available in their shallow Tidal Pool that could be helpful in keeping the deep-sea dweller alive. Can they help this creature survive out of its home and comfort zone? We’ll have to explore the murky depths to find out!

Safari Savers

Headfirst’s trusty mascot, Gomer, would like to discover what animals might be roaming the earth that he doesn’t know about yet. So he decides to go on Safari to the Sahara and bring our campers with him! After all, curiosity creates confidence, and what better way is there to become more confident than to learn about these exotic creatures firsthand? But when he encounters some pesky poachers, he and the campers will have to come up with a plan to save all of the amazing animals they’ve met. Can these campers save the day?


This camp includes a daily instructional swim with goals that are kid-specific, from jumping into the deep end to side breathing. Your child will be carefully supervised at all times, with a 3:1 child-to-staff ratio in the pool and swim progress reports will be sent home to parents.

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