Summary of Day Camp Operation Safety Protocols
New York Red Bulls Camps are strictly following all health and safety guidelines that have been mandated by the State Department of Health. All participants – including campers, families, and coaches – must adhere to the following guidelines in order to participate in the camp program. Guidelines are subject to change, as directed by the Department of Health.
Detailed health and safety guidelines will be implemented at all day camps. All camp participants will be required to abide by these guidelines to prioritize and maintain the health and safety of all program participants, staff, and parents. Failure to adhere by these rules may result in dismissal from the program.
- Curriculum: Based on recent information from health officials, a standard curriculum will be used.
- Ages: 7 to 14 years, programs for younger ages will not be offered.
- Length: Half day only (morning or evening depending on the location).
- Ratios: 1 coach to 8 campers, each group of 8 players will be its own cohort with limited interaction with other groups or coaching staff.
- Camp Size: Each camp location will be limited to a maximum of 4 groups, totaling no more than 32 players.
Check-in: One parent or guardian per family is required. A six-foot distance should be maintained at all times. After day one, check-in will be directly with the group coach. After check-in, players will be given a personal area to keep their bag.
Equipment: Campers are required to bring their own ball which should be sanitized daily, prior to camp arrival. Campers are not permitted to touch equipment at any time. Campers will be given a pinnie on day one which they will be required to bring to camp each day.
Face-coverings – Campers: Campers are required to wear face-coverings at check-in, check-out, bathroom breaks and any time that physical distancing isn’t possible. The State Department of Health does not recommend that campers wear a mask during physical activity.
Face-coverings – Coaches: All staff members will be wearing masks upon arrival and throughout the camp.
Face-coverings – Parents: Parents are required to wear face-coverings at pick up and drop off and during any interaction with the coaching staff.
Health screening (before leaving home): Prior to leaving home, parents are required to conduct the following health screening and submit an online survey. If campers show any of these signs, they should not leave home. Symptoms checked for:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Any camper who has had any recent contact with someone who has fallen ill to COVID-19 during the time span of the program must not attend.
Health screening (Check-in): Upon camp arrival the camper will undergo a temperature check and the same health screening.
Temperature Checks: Staff or campers that have a fever of 100.4° or above or other signs of COVID-19 illness will not be admitted on the camp.
Food: A lunch isn’t required for a half-day camp. Campers may bring a sealed or packaged snack, which must not be shared with other campers.
Water: All campers must have their own individual water with their name clearly marked.
Parents and Guardians: Parents, guardians, and family members are restricted from entering the area of play at any time. Families are permitted to observe from outside the area of play, as long as they maintain social distancing from other observers.
Inclement weather: If the camp has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, parents will be contacted and should pick up their child immediately.
Hand washing: Campers and staff are required to practice the following hand sanitizing hygiene:
- Upon arrival to the first program activity
- After using the restroom
- Before eating any snacks
- Before departing the last program activity
\Coaches will have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available. Campers are also encouraged to bring their own. \
Education – Coaching Staff: In addition to their regular camp orientation, the following elements will be added:
- Infection control, hand washing practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and COVID-19 signs and symptoms
- Policy regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) use and training
- Physical distancing curriculum and best practices
Education – Campers: Prior to the camp, an educational video will be available for each camper to watch. Each day coaches will also start the day with a reminder of the camp policies.
Out-of-State Travel and Participation: It is highly recommended by the state that anyone who has traveled to any of the documented hotspots must quarantine for 14 days and therefore should not participate in the camp program.