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Cubs Baseball Summer Camps

Cubs Summer Camps

In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission across the U.S. and to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Chicago announced modifications to the Emergency Travel Order. Effective Friday, November 13, states will be placed in three categories – red, orange and yellow – based on the status of the outbreak in the state and how the data compares to the situation in Chicago. Anyone traveling from states on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 14-day period. Anyone traveling from states on the Red list must quarantine for a 14-day period.

This Order applies to returning Chicago residents and out-of-state visitors arriving in Chicago. The Order will remain in effect until further notice, and any changes will be based on public health guidance. The list of states will be amended every other Tuesday, with the Order effective for those states the following Friday (three days later).

Cubs Baseball Summer Camps COVID-19 Protocols

Health and safety is our top priority. Building on the comprehensive plan we successfully implemented for 2020 Cubs Baseball Summer Camps, we continue to work in close coordination with MLB, top health experts and local officials to advance our health and safety protocols.

Pre-arrival

We ask that you stay vigilant in monitoring you camper(s) for any signs of illness, including, but not limited to:

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cold-like symptoms (cough, runny nose, etc.)
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Any other symptom that is listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a potential sign of COVID-19

If your camper is exhibiting any of the above symptoms or is showing other signs of illness, he/she should be kept home until the following conditions have been met:

  • He/she has had a negative COVID-19 test; OR
  • He/she has been free of fever and/or any fever-reducing medication for 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In addition, campers and families will not be permitted to enter camp if any of the following have occurred:

  • He/she has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • He/she is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or someone in your household is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19
  • He/she has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days

If your camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the week of camp, please contact us immediately at info@cubscamps.com or 773-289-1505.

Arrival/drop-off

Upon arrival, parents/guardians should stay in their car during drop-off. Family members will not be permitted to walk their camper(s) to the check-in area. We will have staff posted at the designated drop-off area to greet and walk your camper(s) to our contact-free check-in process.

Check-in

We will be implementing new safety measures during check-in to ensure our process is contact free and adheres to social distancing guidelines, including:

  • Utilizing markings on the ground and signage to show your camper where to stand and where to go throughout the process.
  • Screening for symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival at camp by one of our trained staff members. Part of this screening will include a temperature check using a non-contact forehead thermometer. If your camper's temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, he/she will not be able to attend camp.
  • Providing your camper with hand sanitizer upon arrival. If there are any allergies that we need to be aware of, please let us know.

Camp teams

As always, Cubs Baseball Summer Camps will maintain a ballplayer to coach ratio of approximately 7:1 on an individual team for our campers who are 6 and younger.

For older ballplayers (7 and up), the approximate ratio will be 10:1.

Each camp team will operate independently from other camp teams for select facets of camp including drill work, water breaks, sunscreen application, handwashing, bathroom breaks, and lunch.

Camp procedures

We will be implementing the following preventive procedures at camp:

  • We will have proper personal protective equipment (PPE) available for all staff and campers on site.
  • If your camper falls ill during camp, we will have an isolated area to care for him/her until a parent/guardian is able to pick him/her up.
  • We will have signs posted throughout camp to remind campers of proper hygiene procedures.
  • In addition to our hydration and sunscreen breaks, we will take breaks to either wash hands or administer hand sanitizer to campers.
  • During bathroom breaks, we will be implementing a one-out, one-in policy.
  • Campers should bring their own equipment (e.g., bat, helmet) to camp labeled clearly with his/her name. In the event a camper(s) needs to borrow camp equipment, our coaches will sanitize the equipment before and after use.
  • Campers must bring their own lunch to camp in a sealed bag labeled clearly with his/her name. We will store lunches separately from others until lunch time. Campers will eat lunch with their team while following social distancing guidelines.
  • 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- or facility-provided hydration stations. Please note camp and facility hydration stations will be cleaned and sanitized daily for the safety of your camper and our staff.
  • We have suspended full camp meetings. Instead, campers will talk through our lessons of the day while sitting with his/her team in their reserved area within our outdoor facility.

Social Distancing

Staff and campers will maintain a social distance of 6 feet. If social distancing cannot be achieved in small areas due to restricted occupancy, staff will regulate occupancy and require campers to wear masks.

Face Masks

Camp staff will wear face masks at all times regardless of distance.

Campers will be required to bring a mask to camp each day. Campers will be required to wear masks during check-in and when social distancing of 6 feet between individuals and/or assigned groups cannot be maintained.

Campers will not be required to wear face masks during gameplay or if there is extreme heat.

If a camper forgets his/her mask, one will be provided on-site.

Cubs Baseball Summer Camps will follow all jurisdictional and facility-specific guidelines on face masks.

Game play

We will be implementing the following changes to our game play during camp:

  • Each team will have a designated "dugout" area for their gear/bags. Campers' bags will not be stored together.
  • We will sanitize and clean equipment after each session of drills.
  • Campers are required to use their own gloves and batting gloves and are encouraged to use their own bats.
  • High-fives, handshakes and other forms of celebration involving contact will not be allowed. Instead, hat tips and waves will be used to show sportsmanship and celebration.
  • If physical contact occurs during a game or drill, we will provide campers with hand sanitizer as soon as the play is over.

Pickup

Similar to drop-off, parents/guardians should stay in their car during pickup. A member of our staff will be on hand to walk your camper(s) to your car. We also ask that the same person who dropped your camper off pick them up at the end of the day, if possible.

Cleaning procedures

We will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the camp day. We also will use daily checklists to ensure all equipment, surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, counter tops, cooler buttons, etc.), restrooms and lunch areas are sanitized before the start of the next camp day.

In addition, we will use cleaning products that are EPA-approved for use against COVID-19 and will follow manufacturer's instructions related to safe storage, concentration, contact time and protective equipment for all cleaning and disinfection.

Camper illness

If a camper begins to manifest symptoms of COVID-19 while at camp, we will contact his/her parent/guardian immediately in accordance with camp communication protocol. If, in the judgment of our leadership staff, the camper is exhibiting serious symptoms necessitating further emergency action, we will proactively seek additional medical assistance in addition to contacting the designated parent/guardian.

We will keep any camper suspected of a potential COVID-19 infection isolated in a designated area and attended to by a limited number of trained staff while the camper awaits pickup.

We will activate substantial additional sanitization protocols to clean and disinfect any surfaces and objects prior to allowing campers back in any area inhabited by a camper suspected of a COVID-19 infection.

Notification

If we receive notice from a parent/guardian of a confirmed or presumptive case of COVID-19 amongst our campers, we will follow these procedures:

  • Directly contact families of campers who were in immediate contact with the camper in question.
  • Notify campers who were not believed to be in direct contact with the camper but attended the same week of programming.