NEW 2022 COVID-19 Safety

Since 1996, Safety First

We are proud of the safe and healthy camps we ran during COVID in 2020 and 2021. As we plan for 2022, we will continue to institute purposeful safety measures that will align with the latest CDC recommendations and comply with the regulations and restrictions of each jurisdiction at the time of each camp session. We will follow all protocols on COVID-19 testing and vaccination for campers should they become required at any of our camp facilities.

All 2022 protocols are subject to updating as we continue to gather information and approach the summer.

Camper Vaccinations

We encourage all eligible campers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but vaccination will not be required to attend camp. This policy is subject to change if facility partners or jurisdictions have varying vaccination policies.

Cathedral Heights, NW DC: In accordance with our facility partner, all campers ages 12 and up are required to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, at the time of programming.

Staff Vaccinations

This summer, all staff will either be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC at the time of programming) or commit to weekly testing. We have implemented a detailed tracking system that will allow us to monitor vaccination status among staff and also collect and track weekly test results. We will not share the vaccination status of staff/counselors with camp families.

Staff members who are required to submit weekly COVID tests must document taking their self-test within 24 hours of the start of their camp week and communicate a negative test result prior to reporting to camp.

This policy is subject to change if facility partners or jurisdictions have varying vaccination policies.


We will follow jurisdiction or site partner mask mandates at the time of camp. However, if no such mandates are in place, Headfirst’s policy is as follows:


  • Masks will be optional indoors and outdoors for all campers


  • Regardless of vaccination/testing status, all staff/counselors will be required to wear masks indoors.
  • Masks outdoors will be optional for all staff/counselors.

Screening & Illness at Camp

This summer, we will not require your camper to complete a self-screener at the beginning of the camp. However, we do ask families to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Please do not send your camper to camp if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms.

  • Fever (greater than 100.4⁰)
  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • GI Symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)

If your camper falls ill during camp, we will have an isolated area to care for your camper until you or another parent/guardian is able to pick them up.

Return to Camp

If your camper becomes sick during the camp week, they must be symptoms free (please see list above) for 24 hours before returning to camp.


If your camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the camp week, please notify our team immediately at customercare@headfirstcamps.com or (202) 625-1921 to receive more information on quarantine and isolation protocols.

If a camper reports a positive COVID-19 test result, we will focus these notification procedures:

  • Tier 1 Exposure: Your camper is in the same group as a camper or counselor who has tested positive
    • Families will be notified immediately after Headfirst learns of the case
    • Families will have the option of picking up their camper immediately
    • Families will have the option of keeping their camper home for the remainder of the week and will be issues a camp credit for days missed
  • Tier 2 Exposure: Your camper is in close contact with a camper or counselor who has tested positive, but is not the same group