Frequently Asked Questions

 

We will continue to monitor and update the COVID-19 protocols to align with the most up to date guidelines from the CDC and State and Local governments.

Please note that we will follow all protocols on COVID-19 testing and vaccination for campers should they become required at any of our camp facilities.

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
  • Chills
  • 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 (without the use of 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 COVID-19 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.

Campers and camper families who have recently traveled outside their local community are required to follow applicable state and local guidelines regarding post-travel quarantine and testing. To find the most accurate guidelines for your state and locality, please refer to the CDC website.

Upon drop-off, it is required for all individuals in the vehicle to wear a mask.

We ask that you stay in your car during drop-off, and do not walk your camper up to the check-in area.

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. This is a quick process with the parent/guardian and camper remaining in the car until the camper receives clearance to participate in camp. If your camper’s temperature is 100.4 degree or higher, he/she will not able to join us at camp.

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.

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.

We will have proper 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 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 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.

During full camp meetings, your campers will sit with his/her team, and all campers will maintain social distancing measures.

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. For example, during bathroom breaks we will implement a “one in, one out” policy.

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 any time spent indoors due to inclement weather, as well as camp breaks, meetings, and drop-off/pick-up.

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

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

D.C. United Summer Camps will follow all jurisdictional and facility-specific guidelines on face masks.

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.

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 for use against COVID-19 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.

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.

Policies

Campers are welcome to transfer to any session that has availability.

Please refer to our Policy Timeline below for request options and deadlines in the event an enrolled camper is unable to attend the camp session for which he/she is registered.

Please note any existing credit on D.C. United Summer Camps accounts is non-refundable.

Begin of Registration – April 1, 2022

  • A refund of 50% of deposit(s) paid towards D.C. United Summer Camps tuition and add-ons and a credit of the remaining 50% deposit(s) paid towards D.C United Summer Camps tuition and add-ons can be issued to D.C. United Summer Camps accounts. The remaining balance can be used towards non-waitlisted 2022 camp sessions or 2023 camp sessions.

April 1, 2022 – Close of Registration

  • A credit of deposit(s) paid towards D.C. United Summer Camps tuition and add-ons can be issued to D.C. United Summer Camps accounts. The credit can be used towards non-waitlisted 2022 camp sessions or 2022 camp sessions.
  • No refunds will be offered for any payments made towards D.C. United Summer Camps.

2022 COVID-19 Credit and Refund Policy

If your enrolled camper’s registered session is cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 related circumstances, families will have the choice to apply their 2022 D.C. United Summer Camps deposit(s) towards non-waitlisted 2022 camp sessions or 2023 camp sessions or receive a refund for monies paid for the impacted session.

If any policies on COVID-19 testing and vaccination become required for campers following your registration, families will have the choice to apply their 2022 D.C. United Summer Camps deposit(s) towards non-waitlisted 2022 camp sessions or 2023 camp sessions or receive a refund for monies paid for the impacted session.

Refunds will not be offered for deposit(s) paid for any sessions that operate according to schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions - Registration and Camp Info

We offer a 5% sibling discount. This discount applies automatically at registration checkout when two or more campers are enrolled in the same family. Please note: the 5% sibling discount is only applied to the tuition of the additional sibling.

We also offer team discounts. For more information, please contact us at info@dcunitedsummercamps.com.

Once you register and pay for your camp session(s), you will receive a confirmation email for your records. This email serves as your confirmation of registration for camp.

As we approach the summer, we’ll be communicating via the email that you provide at registration with further details. Email communication goes through the primary account email address provided at registration – if you registered for camp and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us.

The week before camp, we’ll send out more detailed information about your camp session(s), including drop-off location and instructions, procedures for Monday morning, what to bring to camp, as well as friendly tips and reminders. In addition to this pre-camp information, you’ll receive a handful of emails while your camper is with us during the week, including some details on what they’re doing during the day.

When a camp session reaches capacity, we will move that session to a waitlist. Adding your camper’s name to the waitlist for a session is free of charge and you will not need to provide credit card information at that time. Each year, some spots open up in sessions that have reached capacity as summer plans change. If a spot opens for your camper, we will contact you immediately via phone to confirm that you’d still like to enroll your camper in the session. At that time, we will take credit card information and enroll your camper(s) into camp.

We do not accept walk-up registrations. All registrations must be completed online prior to Monday before camp begins, if the camp program is not already sold out.

Please see our “Policies” section above, which dictates our guidelines on credits and refunds.

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.

A D.C. United Camp jersey will be provided to each camper on the first day of camp.

Everything brought to camp should be labeled with your camper’s first initial and last name. Your camper should bring:

  • Shin guards
  • Soccer cleats and athletic shoes (please bring sneakers so that your camper can participate fully in indoor activities in the event of inclement weather)
  • Sunscreen (spray sunscreen is recommended over lotion)
  • Lunch in a lunch bag labeled clearly with your camper’s name
  • Water bottle to be refilled throughout the day (we provide plenty of water at all times)

We have soccer balls available for campers to use if they do not bring their own.

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 – all D.C. United campers are separated into divisions based on their rising grade. Campers take part in drills and competitions within their division, to ensure the best possible competitive balance for a fun and developmental experience while at camp.

Yes! During our registration process, you can request that your camper is placed on the same team as his or her friends by creating a new Buddy Group or joining an existing Buddy Group.

Campers may request up to three (3) teammates. We do our best to group your camper with at least one requested teammate provided that both teammates are members of the same rising grade.

Please note: we are unable to guarantee that your camper will be teamed with his or her requested friends, depending on age group and enrollment and team distribution.

We aim to provide an environment where campers can benefit from individual and small group learning and instruction. For our younger campers (6 and under), our goal is to maintain a camper to coach ratio of approximately 7:1 on their individual team. For older campers (7 and up), the approximate ratio is 9:1. For the site as a whole, the camper-to-coach ratio is 6:1 – including our Leadership Team, such as our Site Leader and Camp & Safety Coordinator.

Campers will be provided an official D.C. United Camp jersey on the first morning of their camp session. On the first day of the session, campers should arrive dressed as follows:

  • Regular T-shirt (regular cotton or performance wear)
  • Athletic shorts
  • Shoes and/or cleats of choice
  • Hat if desired for additional sun protection

For the first day of camp, campers will wear their D.C. United Camp jersey over the T-shirt they wear that day.

Campers are expected to wear their D.C. United Camp jersey each day of camp. An additional jersey ($40) is available for purchase during the registration process and can also be purchased after registration is completed as well.

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. We encourage campers to bring their own sunscreen. However, we have sunscreen on-site if your camper(s) forgets or loses their own.

Our approach to inclement weather is subject to change, depending on factors including our camp facilities. In all events of inclement weather, we will proactively communicate our plan to enrolled families and will do everything in our control to host camp for your camper that day.

If we determine that the weather is too severe or the fields are too damp to play on for a particular day, camp cancellation for that day is a possibility. In the event of a weather-affected cancellation of a camp day, we will offer D.C. United Camps credit in an amount commensurate to the missed day of camp.

Our entire coaching staff understands the summer heat can drain a camper throughout the day and week. Water is always available, and campers are required to take water breaks and sunscreen re-application breaks throughout the day. In extreme cases, we will seek indoor facilities to escape heat. Should this situation arise, we will send out a message prior to the start of camp with helpful instructions on what you can do to prepare your camper for a hot camp day, as well as information on what precautions we will be taking to combat the heat.

No. With our COVID-19 Protocols, see section above, parents/guardians must stay in vehicles for drop-off and pick-up and cannot remain on-site during the camp day.

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.

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