Safety & Compliance

Since 1996, Safety First

With no reported cases of COVID-19 from campers or counselors, we are proud of the safe and healthy camps we ran in 2020. Our 2021 camps will have the same focus on creating a safe, fun, and active space for all campers, families and staff.

We are instituting purposeful safety measures that will align with the latest CDC recommendations and comply with and exceed the regulations and restrictions of each jurisdiction at the time of each camp session.

We are constantly tracking all new and updated information and guidelines from the CDC and local and state authorities and will adjust our policies accordingly, leading up to and throughout the summer. We will maintain continuous safety-focused communications with families in the weeks leading up to camp and throughout the program.


Camp staff and counselors will wear masks at all times, indoors and outdoors, regardless of their vaccination status.

All campers will be required to wear masks indoors. For that reason, we request every camper brings a mask to camp each day.

We are currently following the guidelines in each jurisdiction where camp takes place with regards to mask usage outdoors. We consider campers outdoors to be small groups of unvaccinated individuals and are following the guidelines accordingly. We will re-evaluate our policy if guidelines on outdoor mask requirements for these groups change in a jurisdiction where we operate camp.

Masks are optional outdoors for campers at our Bethesda, Brookland, and Cathedral Heights locations.

We will have proper PPE available for all staff and campers on site. If a camper forgets his/her mask, one will be provided on-site.

Screening and Staggered Carpool

Campers and staff will complete a health waiver pre-camp and will be screened for temperature daily during morning carpool.

Morning and afternoon carpool will be intentionally staggered by program to avoid large group gatherings and to maintain cohorts.


Campers will remain in small groups throughout the day with consistent counselors. Groups will not comingle. We will do our best to keep groups consistent throughout the summer.

Sanitizing, Supplies & Spaces

Campers will receive their own set of materials when possible. Use of shared spaces will be reduced or staggered. Counselors will clean and sanitize frequently touched materials and surfaces. Hand-washing will be scheduled frequently throughout the day.

Staff Vaccinations

We strongly encourage seasonal employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to help us minimize the risk of infectious disease in our workplace. We will continue to require and enforce key COVID-19 precautions such as masking, screening, social distancing/cohorts, and more, regardless of vaccination status.

Our Headfirst Leadership Team has reviewed recommendations from our own medical consultants as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials as they relate to the vaccine. We believe this policy strikes the appropriate balance between health, privacy, and logistical concerns, while still centering the well-being and safety of campers and staff.

Return to Camp

If your camper has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before their registered camp session (or while attending camp), we request the camper receive a negative COVID-19 test result to in order to attend or return to camp. In addition, campers should be symptom free for at least 24 hours before attending or returning to camp. Symptoms include (but not limited to):

  • Fever (greater than 100.4)
  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • GI Symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, etc.)

Additional COVID-19 Safety Procedures

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

We will have signs posted throughout camp to remind campers of proper hygiene procedures.

Campers will eat lunch with their small group while following social distancing procedures.

Campers will not be allowed to share water bottles, and we encourage you to pack enough water for the day if you are uncomfortable with your camper using camp-provided hydration stations.