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

What to Bring to Camp

Recommended items for all campers

  • Sunscreen & sun protection
    • Sunscreen
      • Please apply to camper 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
    • Hat
  • Comfortable athletic clothing & sneakers
  • Hat
  • Lunch – FULL DAY PROGRAMS ONLY
    • Pack in a small lunch box/bag with an ice pack and all necessary utensils and napkins.
    • Note: Campers enrolled at our Alexandria, VA location at Episcopal High School in the Multi-Sport, STEM, Fitzpatrick Hoops, or Connect. Create. Discover. programs will have lunch provided every week except for the week of July 2nd and do not need to bring any food to camp.)
  • Water bottle
    • Please send your camper with a full water bottle labeled with his/her name
    • We provide plenty of water for refills at all times

Leave At Home

  • Electronic devices including cell phones, iPads and gaming devices.
  • Trading cards, toys and stuffed animals, sports equipment and irreplaceable items.

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.

  • For 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 (they'll change out of their bathing suit and into their dry change of clothes immediately after their swim block)
    • Towel
    • Goggles recommended but not mandatory
  • Shoes
    • Sneakers or closed-toe shoes with a back to prevent them from falling off; no flip flops
  • We will provide a snack for all Junior Day Camp and Day Camp campers during the designated snack time consisting of either Goldfish, pretzels or Animal Crackers. If you prefer your camper eat a different snack, please pack an additional snack for snack time.

What to Bring for Multi-Sport Camp

  • For 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 (they'll change out of their bathing suit and into their dry change of clothes immediately after their swim block)
    • Towel
    • Goggles recommended but not mandatory
  • Sneakers (no cleats)
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for Multi-Sport campers, but they do have time in their schedule during which they can have a snack provided from home
  • Note: We do not recommend that campers bring their own sports equipment. We have the necessary equipment for each camper to use in programming.

What to Bring for STEM Camp

  • For Waterplay
    • To expedite transition time and maximize waterplay 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 waterplay
    • Towel
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for STEM campers, but they do have downtime in their schedule during which they can have a snack provided from home

What to Bring for Connect. Create. Discover. Camp

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

  • Swimming
    • Bathing suit (there will be a designated changing time but campers can arrive already wearing their swimsuit under their clothing if preferred)
    • 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
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for Connect. Create. Discover campers, but they do have time in their schedule during which they can have a snack provided from home

What to Bring for Basketball Camp (AT ST. ALBANS & NCS)

  • Sneakers
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for Basketball campers
  • Note: There is no swimming on this program, so it's not necessary to bring a bathing suit or towel. We do not recommend that campers bring their own basketball. We have the necessary equipment for each camper to use in programming.

What to Bring for Fitzpatrick Hoops

  • For swimming
    • Bathing Suit
    • Towel
    • Goggles (recommended but not mandatory)
  • Sneakers (no cleats)
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for Basketball campers
  • Note: We do not recommend that campers bring their own sports equipment. We have the necessary equipment for each camper to use in programming.

What to Bring for Soccer Camp

  • Shin guards
  • Sneakers
    • Cleats are 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 do not provide a snack for Soccer campers
  • Waterplay is an available option for Soccer I & II campers - it is their choice to participate, but if they would like to, we recommend packing:
    • Pack a change of clothes (including underwear) for after waterplay
    • Towel
  • Note: We do not recommend that campers bring their own soccer ball. We have the necessary equipment for each camper to use in programming. For Soccer II & IV campers, there is no waterplay, so it's not necessary to bring a bathing suit.

What to Bring for Flag Star Football Camp

  • Sneakers (no cleats)
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for Flag Star Football campers
  • Note: We do not recommend that campers bring their own sports equipment. We have the necessary equipment for each camper to use in programming.

What to Bring for Broadway Bound

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

  • Shoes
    • Sneakers or closed-toe shoes with a back to prevent them from falling off; no flip flops
  • Snack (optional) — we do not provide a snack for Broadway Bound campers.
  • Note: There is no waterplay in this program, so it's not necessary to bring a bathing suit.

What to Bring for Overnight Camp

Please refer to the "What to Bring" list for the respective daytime program your camper will be attending.

  • Clothing
    • Please pack enough clothes for your camper to go six days and five nights without doing laundry.
    • 2 Bathing Suits
    • Shower shoes/sandals
  • Toiletries
    • Shampoo, soap, etc
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
  • Any other toiletries your camper would like to have throughout the week
  • Medication
    • Note: ALL medication (including over the counter and prescription) will be given to the Overnight Safety Specialist upon check-in
  • Bedding & Linens
    • Twin sheets
    • 1 Pillow
    • 1 Pillowcase
    • Blanket(s) or comforter
    • 1 Beach Towel
    • 1 Bath Towel
  • Spending Money
    • On Headfirst Overnight Camp trips into DC, there may be opportunities to purchase small souvenirs or food. If you would like to pack a small amount of spending money for your camper to have access to on these trips, please do so.
  • 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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