ABOUT CAMPS AT THE FIRE PITCH

Our flagship location, the Fire Pitch, offers an elevated camp experience throughout the 13 weeks of summer and on days off school all year round. Here is what you can expect when you choose a Chicago Fire FC Camp at the Fire Pitch!

Camp Options final

ALL CAMPERS RECEIVE:

SITC - Coaches

Professional coaching from licensed, SafeSport-certified youth coaches

SITC - Camp Jerseys

Collect all 3 camp jerseys!

SITC - Comp & Discounted Tickets

Complimentary ticket for the camper and discounted tickets for family and friends!

SPECIAL FEATURES

SITC - Inside the Fire Pitch

Air-conditioned space with refreshments, foosball, and live soccer during breaks

SITC - Sphero

SEL themes and STEAM activities integrated into daily technical soccer sessions

SITC - Players at Camps

Sparky and Player appearances at camp

SUMMER CAMP MATCHDAY CELEBRATIONS INCLUDE:

SITC - On-Field Experience

Clinic on the field at Soldier Field

SITC - Sparky at Soldier Field

Photo opportunities with Sparky

SITC - Player Autographs

Autograph sessions with First Team players

SITC - Fan Section

Designated fan section

SITC - Sign-Making Station

Sign-making station

SITC - Face Painting

Face painting and more!

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

SUMMER
REGISTER
DATE(S)
TIME
AGES
July 8 - 12
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
July 15 - 19
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
July 22 - 26
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
July 29 - August 2
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
August 5 - 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
August 12 - 16
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
August 19 - 23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years
August 26 - 30
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (before and after care options available)
6 - 14 years

PHOTOS

Summer Camps - Schedule Graphic

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What should my child bring to camp?

  • Soccer ball (1 per player)
  • Athletic attire including shin guards
  • Appropriate footwear (cleats or gym shoes)
  • Sufficient water and/or sports drinks
  • A light snack or two (individually wrapped/sealed)
  • A lunch (Full-Day participants only)
  • Sunscreen

What makes Chicago Fire FC Camps unique?

Chicago Fire FC Camps are the only camps in the Midwest that are operated by a professional soccer club. All camps will follow a curriculum specifically designed by soccer experts to meet the needs of youth soccer players of all ages and abilities.

What can I expect from a Chicago Fire FC Camp?

Chicago Fire FC Camps offer a structured weekly experience with our professional coaching staff in alignment with the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Restore Illinois guidelines. Players will interact with their coach through a small group structure each week as they guide each participant through soccer skills and challenges. Sessions are structured around daily themes that take a closer look at technical soccer skills and holistic soccer concepts.

How do I register for a camp?

Our online registration makes it easy for us to collect important medical information and parents/guardians to sign waivers prior to the week of camp. For all Chicago camps, registration will take place through Sprocket Sports. You will have to create a Sprocket account before being able to register for any Chicago camps. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email that you have successfully completed the registration process.

What is the latest I can register for a camp?

In order to ensure that the facility and our staff are properly prepared for camp, we do not allow same-day registration or walk-ons.

What documents am I required to review prior to the start of the camps?

During registration, you will be asked to review and accept the following documents:

  • Program Liability Waiver
  • Participant Code of Conduct
  • Refund Policy

Are there camps for children of all ages and abilities?

These camps are open to children aged 6 - 14 years. All camps are open to children of all abilities! If your child is a travel player, we would recommend sending them to the Fire Pitch over the other City of Chicago locations, as the level of play and ability is more advanced here. 

How will children be grouped at camp?

Players will be grouped based on age and ability, as well as previous playing experience. We will maintain a maximum 16:1 player to coach ratio at all camp programs.

Do I need to check in for camp?

Yes, on the first day of camp, we ask that you and your child arrive 15-20 minutes prior to camp in order to check in. At check-in, we will confirm that you are registered and confirm any important information (i.e. allergies/medical conditions, adults authorized for pick-up, etc.). 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.

What will happen in the case of injury at camp?

Each of our coordinators has received basic training in first aid, concussions, and allergies. If a serious injury does occur, then the coordinator 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.

What happens if I am late to drop off or pick up my child, or if I want to pick up my child early from camp?

If you need to pick your child up early, or know you will be arriving late, please contact Sara Reilly (sreilly@chicagofirefc.com) so that we can be prepared for your arrival.

Are there bathroom facilities?

Yes, the Fire Pitch has indoor bathrooms and water fountains. 

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 inside the facility and let the weather pass.

In the event of lightning, we will take the players inside and wait 20 minutes after the last lightning strike before returning to the fields. While indoors, coaches will guide players through engaging SEL and STEAM activities. We will never cancel camp at the Fire Pitch due to inclement weather. 

What happens if there is extreme heat?

The Camp Coordinator, as well as the coaches, will monitor the weather forecast daily. If the heat index rises to extreme or dangerous levels, the camp day will be adjusted accordingly. Water, snack, and rest breaks will take place inside the facility. We follow the below heat index guidelines at all camps - more information can be found at www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

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.

What is the refund policy?

In the event that you wish to cancel your camp registration more than seven (7) days before the start date of camp, a 25% cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be given for cancellations within seven (7) days of the start date of camp. No partial refunds will be paid if participants miss any sessions for any reason. Chicago Fire FC will not issue any refunds for lost time due to inclement weather. 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions about camps?

Manager, Soccer In The Community: Sara Reilly (sreilly@chicagofirefc.com)