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  • 9am–3pm


  • Rising K & 1st Grade


  • 8:1


  • Bethesda, MD (II)
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Cathedral Heights, NW DC
  • Oakton, VA
  • Palisades, NW DC

Day Camp

Get ready for a great summer! This retro-style day 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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Learn about the Headfirst Philosophy

Why We're Different

Headfirst Summer Camps embraces narrative-based programming, which makes it easier for children to receive and process information. Each week, we create a dynamic, immersive storyline based on a theme, such as oceans, dinosaurs or safari. Activities, crafts and games are tied into the theme in a way that encourages campers to tap into their imaginations and practice social emotional skills like grit and optimism. Check out our unique Super Six curriculum to learn how we help build character through story and play.

Swim & Water Play

This camp includes a daily instructional swim at our Bethesda, MD and D.C. locations! It also features 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. NOTE: During the weeks of July 31st and August 7th, the Cathedral Heights (St. Albans) pool will be under construction and we are not permitted to use it. We apologize for the impact to our curriculum.

Campers at our North Bethesda, MD and Oakton, VA locations will enjoy daily water play! Water Play is a fun way for campers to cool off in the middle of the day. The water play activity will vary throughout the week, but will always be a fun and active way for campers to cool down from the summer heat.