Sprouting Scientists – Bethesda (II)

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Sprouting Scientists – Bethesda (II)


Looking for a camp that makes learning fun? Problem solved! This new program explores the scientific process, makes complex concepts fun and accessible, and encourages campers to embrace mistakes, take risks and be persistent. Along with plenty of outdoor games and waterplay, this developmentally appropriate early introduction to science offers kid-friendly themes like kitchen chemistry, spooky science, botany and forensics. Join us for a week of messy, hands-on activities your camper won’t forget!

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Week 2 (June 17 – June 21) Good Availability $499 Life in Technicolor
Week 3 (June 24 – June 28) Sold Out $499 Spooky Ooky Science
Week 4 (July 1 – July 5) Good Availability $499 Caves & Crystals
Week 5 (July 8 – July 12) Limited Availability $499 Sticky, Stretchy, Slimy
Week 6 (July 15 – July 19) Good Availability $499 Nautical Navigators
Week 7 (July 22 – July 26) Limited Availability $499 Case Crackers
Week 8 (July 29 – August 2) Good Availability $499 Veterinary Science - Expert Workshop with Squeals on Wheels
Week 9 (August 5 – August 9) Limited Availability $499 Green Thumbs Galore


This camp includes daily recreational swim! Recreational swim is an opportunity to engage in safe, supervised free swim and pool-based games. Campers will be assessed for use of permitted areas of the pool. Campers and counselors will be transported daily via bus to Seven Locks pool for swimming.

Weekly Themes

Life in Technicolor

Our Sprouting Scientists shine bright this week as we explore radical rainbows, lustrous prisms, and shadow play! Campers will experiment will photosensitive materials, combining pigments, and DIY kaleidoscopes. Whether it’s secret mirror messages, creating a human sundial, or glitter rainbow slime that sparks your campers’ curiosity, this hands-on week will illuminate imagination and inspire the next Newton!

Spooky Ooky Science

During this spoooooky week, campers will learn alongside the summer’s coolest ghouls! We’ll brew potions, levitate ghosts, craft our own monster identities, and have a frightening amount of fun in our ghastly games. Campers will explore important STEAM concepts like echolocation, bridge engineering, precision and accuracy, shape attributes, and predator and prey relationships. Through this week’s challenges, campers just might become the next Frank Einstein!

Caves & Crystals

Pack your headlamp and spelunking gear as we trek into the abyss of the world’s favorite caverns! If you want a camp that really ROCKS…and to differentiate between a stalactite and a stalagmite…Caves and Crystals is the week for you! Get to know the habitat of bats and bears, as well as the canvas for paleolithic communication! Campers will crack open geodes, explore hibernation and echolocation through play, and even create cave paintings!

Sticky, Stretchy, Slimy

We embrace all that stretches, squishes, and sticks in this ooey-gooey week of camp! Through hands-on chemistry, we’ll combine materials that can grow, glow, and color change before our eyes! From experimenting with the best slime recipe, to exploring the wackiest, weirdest, and coolest creatures of our world, we will be experts in the world of sensory science!

Nautical Navigators

Ahoy, mateys! You’ve been recruited to the crew of the U.S.S. Headfirst! In this wonderfully watery week, campers embark on a nautical adventure which highlights the physics of sailing, art of navigation, and all the fun of maritime recreation. The Sprouting Scientists will learn about sea creatures, experiment with buoyancy, engineer a compass, and more. Anchors away and all hands on deck – it’s time to set sail with Headfirst Camps this summer!

Case Crackers

A missing gemstone. A mysterious note. A glass of spilled milk! To find out whodunit, campers must sift through clues, solve puzzles, and unravel mysteries. Employing real-life techniques, campers will examine the exciting world of forensics, including dusting for fingerprints and deciphering invisible ink messages. The week will culminate with their biggest mystery yet, challenging campers to strengthen their collaboration and critical thinking skills. Will they crack the case? The game is afoot!

Veterinary Science

Whether you ruff, meow, tweet, or neigh, you’re welcome at the Headfirst Animal Hospital! This week, the Sprouting Scientists become veterinarians and animal advocates as we take x-rays, learn bandaging basics, and all about what keeps our furry friends healthy! We’ll even get to hold and pet some outrageous animals with our friends from Squeals on Wheels! Don’t stop retrievin’, hold onto that feline…with this purrrfect week of camp!

Green Thumbs Galore

Pollution, depletion, extinction…oh why!? Mother Earth needs YOU to be a friend to the flora and fauna in this week of sensational sustainability. Through experiments and engineering, we’ll learn transferrable ways to be ambassadors of nature. We’ll personalize reusable bags and napkins, plant miniature gardens, and create seed bombs and hand pollinators. May the forest be with you!

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