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.

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Guidance Documents:

Camp Operations

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.

Camp Structure:

  • Curriculum: Based on recent information from health officials, a standard curriculum will be used.
  • Ages: 7 to 14 years.
  • 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.

Onsite Operations

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. If campers show any of these signs, they should not leave home. Symptoms checked for:

  1. Fever or chills
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. Fatigue
  5. Muscle or body aches
  6. New loss of taste or smell
  7. Sore throat
  8. Congestion or runny nose
  9. Nausea or vomiting
  10. Diarrhea
  11. Headaches

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:

  1. Infection control, hand washing practices, personal protective equipment (PPE), and COVID-19 signs and symptoms
  2. Policy regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) use and training
  3. 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.

COVID-19 FAQ

See below for FAQs related to COVID-19 and Day Camp operations!

For what ages are the camps running?

Ages restricted to 7 to 14-year-olds

How long will camps be?

Camp time is based on the session for which you are registered – check the registration page for more info.

Will physical distancing be required?

Yes, a physical distancing curriculum is in place so that all activities are 6 feet apart.

How many staff will be at camp?

1 coach per group plus an additional Camp/Health director

1 Junior coach per camp as the equipment manager

How many campers will be in a group?

Each group of 8 campers will remain as an independent pod and have no interaction with other groups.

How will camp check-in work?

Campers and parents must wear mask and maintain social distancing during check-in. Campers will receive a temperature check upon arrival. See your camp confirmation email for more information.

Are parents permitted to watch camp?

Parents are not permitted within the camp field area – only campers and coaches may walk on and off the field. No visitors are allowed. Check-in/out are at the field boundary.

Will there be giveaways on camp?

No ball, t-shirt or giveaways provided.

What should my child bring?

Each player should be well-prepared with items they would bring to any soccer day camp:

  • Soccer ball (please disinfect each morning before camp)
  • Soccer shin pads
  • Soccer footwear
  • Soccer clothing
  • Water bottle or cooler
  • A light snack
  • Sunscreen

Please additionally bring a face mask for check-in, check-out, and other times where social distancing is not possible. Coaches will have a supply of spare soccer balls which are cleaned throughout the day. As the camps are half-day, there is no lunch break. Snacks are encouraged, though. There will be no sharing of any equipment or food permitted.

Will there be temperature checks for campers?

Yes, temperature checks for campers will be performed with touchless thermometers upon arrival. Please take your child's temperature each morning before leaving for camp, as well, so no one is put at risk if they have a fever. Any campers that has a fever of 100.4° or above or other signs of COVID-19 illness will not be admitted onto camp and should stay home in isolation.

Where/when does my child need to wear their face coverings?

Indoors:

  • Staff and campers must wear face coverings at all times except when not practicable, such as when eating, drinking, sleeping or swimming
  • In indoor settings, it is particularly important to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing when masks cannot be work, such as eating or drinking.

Outdoors – when social distancing of 6ft cannot be maintained, staff and campers should wear face coverings.

  • Check-in
  • Check-outBathroom breaks

Staff and campers do not need to wear face masks during active sessions. Staff and campers should wear face masks indoors and outdoors, as described above, unless:

  • doing so is impracticable, such as when staff and a camper is eating or drinking
  • Or, while the individual is in the water

What are the pre-camp health screening requirements?

Campers (along with staff) are required to complete a health survey each morning before leaving for camp. The survey will be shared via email.

What should we do if my child (or house member) shows symptoms on or before camp?

Any camper showing symptoms will not be permitted on camp. Any camper who shows new symptoms while on camp will be isolated and removed from camp. If any other member of the household (or anyone with whom the camper has recently interacted with) shows signs of COVID-19 or tests positive for the virus, the camper must not return to the camp for the duration of the quarantine.

Will sanitation products be provided on camp?

Yes, hand wipes and hand sanitizer (60% alcohol) will be provided for use by campers. Campers are also be encouraged to bring their own.

When will campers sanitize their hands?

Campers must wash and/or sanitize their hands before and throughout camp. Sanitizing is required upon arrival to camp, before and after eating any snacks, and before departing the last program activity. A full hand-washing with soap and warm water is required after using the restroom.

Will transportation be provided?

No transportation will be provided to any camps.

What is the inclement weather policy?

Any inclement weather will result in a cancellation of the camp. Our staff will take shelter with the participants, and everyone will be required to wear their masks until they are picked up by a guardian.

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