Headfirst Summer Camps have been recognized as the DC area’s best hands-on summer learning experiences for boys and girls ages 3-14

Our award-winning Headfirst Summer Camps team comes from diverse backgrounds and experiences, but we’re united by our commitment to bringing out the personal best in our campers. We believe in the simple yet profound power of play to spark inspiration, cultivate new passions, and unlock the door to new worlds of possibility.  

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Campers Each Summer


Seasonal Employees Across 4 Sites


At Headfirst Summer Camps, we design and deliver carefully-curated programs which entertain, challenge, and inspire. Our HQ team works tirelessly year-round to set us up for success on-site, but it’s only once our seasonal team steps in to bring to life the exceptional camp experience we’re known for that the magic really happens. Our squad of counselors, leaders, lifeguards, and aquatics instructors don’t just punch the clock over the summer, they put their time and talents to good use building camp communities where active learning environments promote transformational discovery.

Counselors & Junior Counselors

It’s no secret that our team is the best around and when you’re surrounded by the best, it elevates you too. This summer, get hands-on experience with kids ages 3-13 as a Counselor or Junior Counselor with one of our Day, Sport, STEM, or Specialty camps.

Program Leaders

As a program leader with one of our Day, Sport, STEM, or Specialty camps, you’ll play a key role in all aspects of your program, from staff management to curriculum to operations. Put your experience and passion as a leader and educator to good use as you mentor, inspire, and grow your team of Counselors and Junior Counselors.


We hire top notch lifeguards and swim instructors so we can offer brag-worthy swim programs other camps only dream about. Share your knowledge of all things aquatic with campers through both lessons and recreational swim, then share your insights with parents to celebrate progress together.

Coordinators & Administrators

Our Camp Administrators, Safety Coordinators, and Staff Coordinators shape every aspect of the camp experience through their talents and expertise in project management and administrative leadership. Organized, energetic, and consummately professional, our Coordinators & Administrators set the pace and tone for their entire camp team.

Residential Opportunities

Our team of counselors and leaders with Headfirst Overnight Camp work with their campers in the classroom, on the field, and beyond. It’s 24/7 of everything that makes Headfirst’s programs great and our residential staff are guiding the experience every step of the way.


I have had the privilege to work for Headfirst Summer Camps for the past 4 years and each year gets better! Headfirst allows you to work with some amazing individuals and have fun while doing it! At the end of the work day, I know my team has done everything possible to make it the best day ever. It’s more than just a summer camp, it’s a family.


Site Leader, National Cathedral School
Headfirst All-Star Since 2013

Working at Headfirst is more than a summer job. It is an opportunity to be part of an infectiously positive team that supports both campers and staff reach their fullest potential.


Day & Junior Day Camp Program Leader, Mater Dei School
Headfirst All-Star Since 2014

It has been a blessing beyond belief to get to experience the Headfirst camp for the first time this past summer. Throughout the summer I felt simultaneously the thrill of being part of an exciting adventure and the comfort of working with a tight knit camp, where things were in their proper order. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be part of the Headfirst family.


Aquatics Director, Mater Dei School
Headfirst All-Star Since 2016