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

Day Camp Overview

We believe summer is the perfect time for kids to try new things. And with a mix of art, sports, music, swimming and STEM, this camp has it all! Our days are packed with games and activities designed to encourage kids to embrace their newfound independence, expand their comfort zones, and test their limits in a supportive environment. Campers will explore outer space with DIY jetpacks, build functional telescopes, devise their own superpowers, and work together to stop a runaway train. We make camp a great experience for parents, too, with our effortless carpool drop off, daily blog updates on camper activities, and the best-trained staff in town.

The Headfirst Difference

Lots of camps do weekly themes … but we do it better! Each week we create a dynamic, immersive experience based on a theme, such as Heroes, Dinosaurs, or the Headfirst Funpark. Then through the world we've created, we discuss and practice qualities like grit and optimism. It's our goal to encourage each camper to dig deep and discover his or her full potential. To the kids, it feels like camp. But we know we're accomplishing more! Check out our unique Super Six curriculum to learn how we help build character through play.


Day Campers participate in a variety of activities, including:

  • Art
  • STEM
  • Sports and Games
  • Music and Movement
  • Storytime
  • A Special Event
  • Quiet Time
  • Swim (varies by location)
  • Moon Bounce

View our sample schedule and weekly themes.


Where available, camp includes a daily instructional swim, with goals that are kid-specific, from blowing bubbles to doing the backstroke. 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. Families may opt out of swim time if they wish.

Conveniences & Extras

We can make your summer run more smoothly! We offer extended care hours as well as a daily enrollment option, bus service, and a lunch program to deliver hot or cold lunches to your camper.

To learn more about our philosophy, click here.

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Fast Facts

  • Hours 9am–3pm
  • Ages Rising K & 1st Grade
  • Ratio 8:1
  • Swim Instructional Swim 5-days
    (Mater Dei, St. Albans & Episcopal only)

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My son had an amaaaaaazing time at camp. He cannot wait to go back next summer! The registration process was seamless and the camp bus made it so convenient. St. Albans Camp Parent
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