Frequently Asked Questions and Protocols
The following are some frequently asked questions and updated COVID-19 protocols regarding our camp program. If you cannot find the answer to your question or would like to speak with someone in more detail, please contact us at [email protected] or 773-289-1505.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the camp hours?
Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Optional extended day programs are available before and after camp beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 6 p.m.
We also offer semi-private hitting and pitching lessons which run after camp until 4 p.m. Our semi-private lessons allow ballplayers to continue building on the skills they’ve learned at camp through additional instruction and coaching. These hitting and pitching lessons have limited capacity and fill well before the camp week begins. We encourage you to act quickly to reserve your camper's spot.
What is the age range for ballplayers? Do ballplayers need prior baseball experience?
All children between rising kindergarten and rising eighth grade are welcome at Cubs Camps. We do not have ability or experience requirements, and we welcome ballplayers of all experience levels.
Do I need to pack a lunch for my ballplayer(s) each day?
Yes. Please send your ballplayer(s) to camp with a lunch bag labeled clearly with his/her name. If you pack anything that needs to be kept cool, please include an ice pack in the lunch bag. We will keep all lunches in a cool area, but we do not refrigerate them. If your ballplayer's lunch requires utensils, please include those in the lunch bag.
Can Cubs Baseball Summer Camps accommodate children with life-threatening allergies?
Yes. Families with children who have peanut, tree nut or other life-threatening allergies can feel safe and comfortable at our summer camps. At the beginning of each camp day, our camp staff will take special note of children with life-threatening allergies by placing a mandatory, but inconspicuous, colored bracelet around the ballplayer's wrist marked with the child's name for identification purposes (in case of EpiPen use, etc.). During lunch and snack breaks, ballplayers with food allergies will sit with our Camp & Safety Coordinator at our nut-free and allergen-alert table. Parents will have the option to release their ballplayer(s) from this table. If your ballplayer is required to sit at the nut-free and allergen-alert table, please keep in mind their snack and lunch must be free of common food allergens (including tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, soy and shellfish) to ensure a safe environment for other ballplayers also required to sit at the table.
If your ballplayer is bringing medication to camp (e.g., EpiPen), your ballplayer's coach will have the medication on hand in a fanny pack at all times during camp. The medication will be checked in on the Monday morning of camp with our Camp & Safety Coordinator and will be returned on Friday at checkout. These procedures and policies will be clearly communicated in advance of camp to ballplayers who have indicated that they'll be bringing medication to camp.
Cubs Baseball Summer Camps COVID-19 Protocols
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
- 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 [email protected] or 773-289-1505.
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.
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.
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.
We will be implementing the following preventive procedures at camp:
- While wearing it is not mandatory, we will have proper personal protective equipment (PPE) 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.
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.
- To limit contact tracing, we will not be permitting baseball game play between two different teams. Instead, campers will play live “games” in the afternoon after drill work with their individual team. We will utilize ghost runners to keep the games competitive and keep track of runs earned.
- 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.
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.
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.
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. If necessary, we will provide a mask for any potentially ill camper who does not have his/her own mask.
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.
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.