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What should my child bring to camp?
What makes Chicago Fire Summer Camps unique?
What can I expect from a Chicago Fire Summer Camp?
How do I register for a camp?
Are there camps for children of all ages and abilities?
How are children grouped at camp?
What will happen in the case of injury or illness?
Do I need to check in for camp?
Can I pick up my child early?
What will my child receive at camp (if applicable)
What is the Chicago Fire Camp Graduation Day?
Where can I sign up for a Graduation Day?
Are there bathroom facilities at camp?
What happens if there is inclement weather?
What happens if there is extreme heat? What is the cancellation policy?
Should campers bring food or drink to camp?
Who should I contact if I have additional questions about a camp program?
Where can I find a list of local camps?
What is the Host-A-Coach program? What are the benefits?
What is the latest I can register for camp?
There is no camp in my town, can I set one up?

Items to Bring to Camp

  • Soccer ball (1 per player)
  • Soccer attire including shin guards
  • Appropriate footwear (cleats, indoor, or sports shoes)
  • Sufficient water and/or sports drinks
  • A light snack (for 3 hour camps)
  • A healthy lunch (for full day camps)
  • Sunscreen

What makes Chicago Fire camps unique?

Chicago Fire Summer Camps are the only camps throughout the Midwest (IL, WI, MI, IN, and IA) that are operated by a professional soccer club. All Fire camps will follow a curriculum specifically designed by soccer experts to meet the needs of youth soccer players of all ages and abilities.

Additionally, all campers will receive a free ticket to attend a Chicago Fire soccer game at Toyota Park!

What can I expect from a Chicago Fire Summer Camp?

Chicago Fire Soccer In The community Philosophy: Create a fun and challenging atmosphere where children are able to learn and grow through the game of soccer.

Soccer In The Community takes a holistic approach to player development. The first half of our camps are skill mastery focused with the soccer ball at the players’ feet. From here, the player will follow a path focused on technique and skill development, which will progress into tactical 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and small sided games as competency increases.  

How do I register for a camp?

All camp registrations can be found online at www.chicago-fire.com/youth/sitc/summercamps/locations. In some cases (such as park districts and recreational facilities) it is possible to register directly through their summer camp page.

Our online registration makes it easy for us to collect important medical information and parents to sign waivers prior to the week of camp. When registered online you will receive a confirmation email that we have received your registration. Online payment can be made via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

Are there camps for children of all ages and abilities?

Chicago Fire Summer Camps are available for kids of all ages. See the following program chart for more information:

Camp Type

Level

Ages

Little Sparks

Beginner

2 – 5 years

Community

Beginner – intermediate

6 – 16 years

Competitive

Intermediate – advanced

6 – 16 years

Team

Intermediate – advanced

6 – 16 years

How are children grouped at camp?

Soccer In The Community strives to maintain a 1:16 player to coach ratio, however this number may vary depending on the camp.

Players are grouped based on both age and ability. Our coaches will review the skill level of players after each day and move participants around accordingly to ensure they are in the group that fits their level of ability. We aim to provide children with a challenging environment where they are able to learn and grow as a player.

If you have a request for your child(ren) to be in a specific group, please speak to the camp captain at check-in on Monday.

What will happen in the case of injury or illness?

Each of our camp captains has received basic training in first aid, concussions, and allergies. However, if a serious injury does occur then the camp captain will immediately contact the parent or guardian and, if necessary, the emergency services. It is important that parents disclose all of the participants’ important medical information during registration to ensure that our coaches are aware of any pre-existing injury or illnesses.

Do I need to check in for camp?

Yes, on the first day of camp we ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to camp in order to check-in. At check-in we will confirm that you are registered and provide any necessary equipment. Parents will also be given any important information about the week of camp at this time.

After the first day of camp, participants should arrive 10 minutes prior to camp so that they are ready to start on time.

Parents/guardians are not required to stay while the camp is underway.

Can I pick up my child early?

Yes, please notify your child’s coach at the morning drop-off and provide them with a written note in order for your child to be ready to leave at the specific time. We ask that you also speak to the camp captain to confirm they are aware of this special circumstance.

What will my child receive at camp (if applicable)?

Most campers will receive the following items:

  • Dri-fit Camp Jersey – Distributed on Thursday
  • Chicago Fire soccer ball – Distributed on Thursday
  • Player evaluation – Distributed on Friday
  • Companion ticket to a Chicago Fire Graduation Game Day  - Distributed Monday

Not all camps receive a camp jersey and/or soccer ball, so please review the camp registration link to find out what is included with your camp.

What is the Chicago Fire Camp Graduation Day?

Graduation Day is a unique gameday experience that only Chicago Fire summer campers and their families are allowed to attend. Participant’s family members & friends receive special ticket prices for this event, so the whole family can come out for Graduation too!

Graduation will include the following items:

  • Discount tickets for family & friends
  • Pre-game clinic with your favorite camp coach on the Fire’s practice field
  • Autograph session with Chicago Fire players
  • Meet Sparky the mascot
  • Sponsor activation and giveaways
  • And much more!

Where can I sign up for a Graduation Day?

Graduation Day info will be passed out on the first day of camp.

Are there bathroom facilities at camp?

Yes, all camp facilities will have some form of either permanent or portable facilities.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

We play in the rain! However, if the rain becomes hazardous to the players, coaches, or fields we will take a break under shelter and let the weather pass.

In the event of lightning, we will take the players to a safe location and wait 20 minutes after the last lightning strike before returning to the fields. If the storm lasts longer than 30 minutes, we will cancel the camp for that day and make every effort to make up the missed hours throughout the course of the week, or on Saturday morning. Chicago Fire Soccer In The Community cannot guarantee to make up lost hours due to inclement weather.

Any cancellations of camp will be announced via email and/or a call from our camp captain or manager. Please connect with us on social media also for camp updates on Twitter at @FireSITC and Facebook at ChicagoFireSITC.

What happens if there is extreme heat?

The camp captain is responsible for monitoring the weather forecast daily. If the heat index rises to extreme or dangerous levels the camp day will be adjusted accordingly. We follow the below heat index guidelines on all camp programs:

Heat Index

Risk Level

Protective Measures

Below 91

Low (Caution)

Modify training to lessen intensity and length of session. Ensure that campers are staying hydrated. Monitor athletes for any signs of heat illness.

92 to 103

Medium

Use extreme caution. Monitor campers for heat illness. Increase amount of water breaks and take breaks in shade. Shorten session length and modify intensity levels during training.

Greater than 104

High to Extreme

Training is cancelled for all ages.

In the event that a camp is modified or cancelled you will be notified accordingly.

Details of the heat index can be found at - http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

What is the cancellation policy?

In the event that you wish to cancel your camp registration more than seven days before the start date of the program, a 25% cancellation fee will be charged up to a maximum of $50. No refunds will be given for cancellations within one week of the start date of the program. No partial refunds will be paid if campers miss any sessions for any reason.

Should campers bring food or drink to camp?

It is essential that every camper brings adequate amounts of water to camp on a daily basis.

No food is provided on any of our day camp programs. It is suggested that for half day camps, participants bring no more than a light snack. For all day camps, it is highly recommended that campers bring their own healthy packed lunch.

In the case that your child has an allergy please inform the camp captain AND your child’s coach.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about a camp program?

Please email us at sitc@chicago-fire.com or call 708-496-6771

Where can I find a list of local camps?

Please visit www.chicago-fire.com/youth/sitc/summercamps/locations for a list of our camps!

When is the latest I can register for camp?

Chicago Fire Soccer In The Community asks that you sign up at least 1 week prior to camp in order for us to ensure we have the correct equipment for all children on camp. However, we do allow participants to register up until the day of camp by bringing a completed camp registration form with a check or cash, which is to be provided to our camp captain upon arriving at camp.

What is the Host-A-Coach program? What are the benefits?

The Host-A-Coach program is a unique opportunity for our camp families to host their very own Chicago Fire professional coach for a week. This experience is one of a kind because of the different backgrounds and cultures our coaches bring to the table.

The benefits of the program include:

  • Camp scholarship equivalent of $150 per coach
  • Exchange of culture
  • Big brother/sister for a week
  • Individual private lessons
  • Start of a true friendship

The Host-A-Coach program is popular but limited, so email us today at sitc@chicago-fire.com to reserve your free week of camp, or a place on our waiting list. You will be contacted by a Chicago Fire Soccer In The Community representative with your host information closer to your camp dates.

There is no camp in my town, can I set one up?

Of course! Chicago Fire Soccer In The Community is always looking to expand its community outreach. If you are interested in having a camp in your community please contact sitc@chicago-fire.com for more information.