Frequently Asked Questions
D.C. United 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 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, we kindly ask that you keep your camper home until the following conditions have been met:
- He/she has had a negative COVID-19 test; OR
- Has been free of fever and/or any fever-reducing medication for seventy-two (72) hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
In addition, we ask that you keep your camper(s) home if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus or if someone in the household has any of the signs of illness listed above.
We also ask that if your camper tests positive for COVID-19 during the week of camp, you alert us as soon as possible.
When you arrive, you will see signage at our entrance as a reminder that campers and families are not permitted to enter camp if any of the following have occurred:
- They have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past five (5) days
- Exhibit symptoms of COVID-19
- Have had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days
We ask that you stay in your car during drop-off, and do not walk your camper up to the check-in area.
We will have staff posted at the designated drop-off area to greet and walk your camper to our contact-free check-in process.
We will maintain social distancing measures to ensure a contact-free check-in process.
Markings on the ground and signage will be used to show your camper where to stand and where to go throughout the process.
Your camper will be screened 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 degree or higher, he/she will not able to join us at camp.
We will provide 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, D.C. United Summer Camps will maintain a camper to coach ratio of approximately 7:1 on an individual team for our campers who are 6 and younger.
For older campers (7 and up), the approximate ratio will be 10:1.
While wearing PPE is not mandatory, we will have proper 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 in, one out” policy.
Please pack your camper’s lunch in a sealed lunch bag marked with your camper’s name. We will store lunches separately from others until lunch time.
Campers will eat lunch with their team while following social distancing procedures.
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/facility provided hydration stations.
- Please note: these hydration stations will be cleaned and sanitized daily for the safety of your camper and our staff.
We have suspended full camp meetings. Instead your camper will sit with his or her team while maintaining social distancing measures and coaches will talk through our Lessons of the Day with his or her team in their reserved area of our outdoor facility.
Each team will have a designated area to keep their gear/bags, and campers’ bags will not be stored together.
We will sanitize/wipe down equipment after each session of drills.
To limit contact tracing, we will not be permitting soccer game play in the traditional sense with opposing teams. Instead, campers on each individual teams will play live game alternatives in the afternoon after drill work.
During games, game balls will be sanitized during breaks in play.
High-fives, handshakes, and other forms of celebration involving contact will not be allowed. Instead, 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.
We ask that, if possible, the same person who dropped your camper off pick them up at the end of the day.
Please stay in your car when you arrive; we will bring your camper to you.
We will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces throughout the camp day.
We will use daily checklists to ensure that 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.
We will only use EPA-approved products against the coronavirus and we 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 a potential COVID-19 infection 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 COVID-19 infection isolated in a designated area and attended to by a limited number of trained staff while the camper awaits pick-up. If necessary, we will provide a mask for any potentially infectious camper who does not have his or her own mask.
We will activate substantial additional sanitization protocol to clean and disinfect any surfaces and objects prior to allowing campers back in any area inhabited by a camper suspected of coronavirus 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.
D.C. United Summer Camps Basics
Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Optional extended day programs are available before and after camp beginning at 7:30 a.m. and running until 6:00 p.m. AM Extended Day ($80) and PM Extended Day ($150) are available for purchase during the registration process and can also be purchased after registration is completed as well.
Please note: extended hours are a convenience option and not a continuation of camp curriculum.
All children between rising kindergarten and rising eighth grades are welcome at D.C. United Camps.
We do not have ability or experience requirements; we welcome campers of all levels of experience – from first-time players to club team players.
Yes. Please send your campers(s) to camp with a lunch bag labeled clearly with his or her name. If you pack anything that needs to be kept cool, please include an icepack in the lunch bag. We will keep all lunches in a cool area, but we do not refrigerate them. If your camper’s lunch requires utensils, please include those in the lunch bag.
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 camper’s wrist marked with the child’s name for identification purposes (in case of Epi-Pen use, etc). During lunch and snack breaks, campers with food allergies will sit with our Camp & Safety Coordinator at our Nut-free & Allergen Alert Table. Parents will have the option to release their camper(s) from this table. If your camper is required to sit at the Nut-free & Allergen Alert Table, please keep in mind that 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 campers also required to sit at the table.
If your camper is bringing medication to camp (i.e. Epi-Pen), your camper’s coach will always have the medication on hand in a fanny pack during camp. The medication will be checked in on Monday morning of camp with our Camp & Safety Coordinator and will be returned on Friday at check-out. These procedures and policies will be clearly communicated in advance of camp to campers who have indicated that they’ll be bringing medication to camp.
Campers are welcome to transfer to any session that has availability.
In the event that a camper is unable to attend camp the week for which they registered, we are able to offer 100% credit on all payments to D.C. United Summer Camps. Credit can be applied towards camp tuition on any available 2020 camp session or 2021, 2022 or 2023 camp sessions, as well as D.C. United Summer Camps add-ons.
10% of bonus credit will be offered to campers enrolled for sessions cancelled due to COVID-19 related circumstances.
No refunds will be offered for either deposits or payments made in full for any sessions that operate according to schedule.
In the event your enrolled camper’s 2020 session is cancelled due to COVID-19 related circumstances, we will provide families with the choice to apply the deposits or payments made to date to a future camp session or receive a full refund for monies paid to date for the impacted session.