Day Camp – Bethesda

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  • Hours: 9am - 3pm


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Day Camp – Bethesda


Get ready for a great summer! This retro-style camp has something for everyone, including art, music, sports and STEM. Games and activities revolve around the week’s theme, allowing campers to flex their imaginations as they make their own binoculars, filter homemade “kidneys,” and build igloos and marble runs. Campers work together to help Headfirst’s mascot, Gomer, solve a problem over the course of the week, challenging them to think creatively and brainstorm solutions. Follow along on your camper’s adventure with daily photos and updates on our camp blog!

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Week 1 (June 12 – June 16) Sold Out $540 Atlantis Adventure
Week 2 (June 19 – June 23) Sold Out $540 Sightseeing in the Sahara
Week 3 (June 26 – June 30) Sold Out $540 Active Architects
Week 4 (July 3 – July 7) Limited Availability $540 Do You Believe in Magic?
Week 5 (July 10 – July 14) Sold Out $540 Soaring Through the Sky
Week 6 (July 17 – July 21) Sold Out $540 Incredible Elements
Week 7 (July 24 – July 28) Sold Out $540 Snowy Scientists
Week 8 (July 31 – August 4) Sold Out $540 Reptilian Researchers
Week 9 (August 7 – August 11) Sold Out $540 Covering Miles with Smiles Through the USA


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.

Weekly Themes

Do You Believe in Magic?

Abracadabra! Through concocting magical potions, flexing our strength and creativity, and exploring the art of illusion, campers will learn about the wonders each of us brings to our world.  With our friend, Mirabel from Disney Pixar’s Encanto, as our guide, this enchanting week will illuminate the special powers in each of us!

Covering Miles with Smiles Through the USA

All aboard! Headfirst is taking a road trip across the USA to help campers experience the beauty and scope of our country. We’ll learn about famous sights and regions, while incorporating art and STEM projects such as painting the spectacular sunsets of the West, making light-up road signs to guide the way, and building wind-powered cars to help us understand forces of motion. This geo-focused week will help our campers feel they’re ready to take on the world – both literally and figuratively!

Snowy Scientists

Combining conservation, zoology, and environmental science, this week will look at the Arctic & Antarctic, giving campers the opportunity to learn about some of our planet’s most ecologically vulnerable regions. Snowflake symmetry printing, igloo building, snowshoe racing, and penguin egg incubator challenges are just some of the fun activities campers will enjoy as they discover the importance of caring for the natural world.

Incredible Elements

Did you know that the elements of wind, fire, water, and earth are just like the elements that make up our personalities?  This week at camp, we’ll get to know the characters of Pixar’s Elemental to learn how each element and each emotion can surprise us, how they can help us, and how they work together to accomplish so much more than they can on their own!

Soaring Through the Sky

From birds and airplanes to rockets and kites—flying is a wonder!  Through exploration of the concepts of gravity, aerodynamics and the beauty of wings, campers will learn all about flight and its impact on the world around us.  Campers will imagine the resiliency required by the Wright brothers and the Tuskegee Airman, or of a baby bird learning to fly, and will be inspired to take risks and to fly into their own future.

Active Architects

Welcome to the ultimate building challenge! This week will focus entirely on architecture, engineering, and problem solving. Campers will practice their building skills by constructing marble runs, bridges, and do-it-yourself bulldozers, all to prepare for the week’s final challenge. They’ll have to build a cool-misting system to help keep our Headfirst mascot, Gomer, feeling happy and hydrated in the hot sun. If you thought Iggy Peck’s structures were impressive, just wait until you see what campers come up with!

Sightseeing in the Sahara

Calling all animal lovers! This camp is headed straight to the Sahara Desert in North Africa, home to some of the most amazing animals on the planet. As campers journey through the savanna, they’ll need to create their own functional binoculars and rely on the cleverness of the color-changing chameleons to avoid some pesky poachers! This mash up of geography, zoology and wildlife conservation will keep campers swinging from the trees as they explore one of the most exciting animal habitats on earth.

Reptilian Researchers

Beat the heat of summer with some of the most amazing cold-blooded creatures to ever roam Earth! Although the dinosaurs have long been extinct, their descendants still have managed to slither, crawl and creep their way to almost every continent… and in some very unlikely creatures! Come sun your scales as we learn about these radical reptiles and awe-inspiring amphibians and their ancestors who used to rule the Earth.

Atlantis Adventure

Adventure awaits! Buried somewhere deep in the Atlantic Ocean, the Lost City of Atlantis is out there ready to be discovered… or so the legend says. Shrouded in mystery and magic, come dive deep within yourself AND the ocean for what is sure to be a treasurable experience. Just watch out for the Bermuda Triangle!

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