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  • 9am - 3pm


  • Rising Pre-K & Younger


  • 6:1


  • Bethesda, MD
  • Cathedral Heights, NW DC
  • Oakton, VA
  • Palisades, NW DC

Junior Day Camp

Our Junior Day Camp offers our youngest campers the opportunity to sample all the fun and excitement of their very first summer camp experience. We focus on keeping campers outdoors as much as possible as they rotate through activities including music, sports and storytime, as well as playground time. These young campers are able to practice important skills for building independence, such as listening to directions and transitioning from one activity to the next. They’ll also be eligible to earn the coveted Headfirst Icees for exhibiting traits like optimism, grit and resiliency. Our highly-trained staff and easy carpool drop off make the transition to camp fun and easy for parents as well.

See below for more information on Swim at camp!

Learn about the Headfirst Philosophy

Why We're Different

For each week of camp, we create a dynamic, immersive story based on a theme, such as Superheroes, Fairy Tales, or the Circus. Then, through the world we’ve created, campers enjoy activities and games designed to strengthen qualities like grit and optimism. 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 story and play.

Sample Day

Below is a sample Monday schedule from the Pups Junior Day Camp group from our 2021 programming:

9:00 to 9:30 Carpool & Arrival Activities
9:30 to 10:00 Moon Bounce
10:00 to 10:20 Change / Transition
10:20 to 11:00 Swim
11:00 to 11:20 Change / Transition
11:20 to 12:00 Art
12:00 to 12:40 Lunch
12:40 to 1:30 Storytime
1:30 to 1:50 All-Camp Meeting
1:50 to 2:30 Quiet Time
2:30 to 3:00 Carpool


  • This schedule is representative of the schedule one group would follow. Each group follows a different schedule each day.
  • Given the variance in schedules, lunch time is different for each group.
  • Sunscreen is applied throughout the day in a scheduled manner.
  • Water and Bathroom breaks are also taken throughout the day in a scheduled manner and always when needed.

Swim & Water Play

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.