Residential Camp | FAQ

What makes Chicago Fire Residential Camp unique and what can I expect from a Fire Residential Camp?
Do I need to check in on the first day of camp?
Is there a set check-out location and procedure?
What if I need to check in my child late?
What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?
What if I need someone other than myself to pick my child up at check-out?
How are players grouped at Residential Camp?
Can my child choose a roommate?
Are players supervised at all times?
What will happen in cases of injury or illness?
What if my child needs to bring medication to an overnight camp?
Does each Residential Camp location cater for special dietary needs?
What happens if there is inclement weather?
What happens if there is extreme heat?
How can my child contact me / I contact my child throughout the week? What is the cancellation policy?
Are the parents allowed to come and watch during the week?
What will ‘evening entertainment’ consist of?
What clothing should my child wear at a Residential Camp?
What should my child refrain from bringing to Residential Camp?
Can I provide my child with food for their dorms?
Do the dorms have air conditioning
Will bedding be provided and if not, what should I bring?
What is the cancellation policy after payment has been made?
Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?
What is the dorm room configuration at each location?
Do you have a site map of North Central College?

What makes Chicago Fire Residential Camp unique and what can I expect from a Fire Residential Camp?

Chicago Fire Residential Camp is a premium camp unlike any other camp in Illinois and is the only camp operated directly by a professional soccer team. We aim to create a fun and competitive environment where players can learn and grow. The Camp strives to create a well-rounded curriculum with the intention of teaching as many first team philosophies as possible.

Do I need to check in on the first day of camp?

Yes, check in will take place at Residence Hall/Recreation Center. Refer to the map distributed via email (and below) for detailed information.

  • 1:30-2:30pm – Campus arrival and check-in
  • 2:45-3:30pm – Opening address
  • 4:00-5.30pm – Field Sessions
  • 6.00pm - Commuter pick-up
  • 6:00-7:00pm – Dinner at Kaufman Dining Hall
  • 8.00-9.00pm – Age group meetings

Players should eat lunch before arriving as dinner is not until 6pm. Once you have dropped off your child and they are settled in their dorm you are free to leave. Parents are, however, welcome and encouraged to stay for the opening address.

Is there a set check-out location and procedure?

Yes, check-out takes place following closing address on the final day of camp. Players’ belongings should be packed and ready for departure directly following the closing address. The final day’s schedule is as follows:

  • 7:00-8:00am – Breakfast
  • 8:30-9:00am – Technical Warm-up
  • 9:00-11:00am – Game session
  • 11:30-11:45am – Closing Camp address
  • 11:45 – Campers clean out dorm rooms and check out outside the Residence Hall/Recreation Center

Parents are invited to come and watch training and games on the final day. Following the closing address players should proceed to the dorms to gather their belongings, then to the check-out with their parent(s) to officially check out from the camp.

What if I need to check in my child late?

It is important that players check in during the scheduled time on the first day of camp. Camp opening address is conducted on the first day shortly after check-in. If you are not able to arrive during the scheduled time on the first day of camp for check in, please contact Youth Development Staff at 708.496.6776 or at youth@chicago-fire.com.

What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?

We expect all players to attend all sessions through the last day of camp. This provides the highest quality experience for every player on camp and in the training group. We understand there may be unavoidable circumstances and it would be necessary to check out your child before the last day. If a player needs to be picked up early please notify Youth Development Staff at check in and please provide a note stating such.

What if I need someone other than myself to pick my child up at check-out?

Please provide a signed note with the full name of the person you authorize to pick up your child. If the change occurs during the camp week please contact the personnel listed on the camp specific FAQ and notify them of the change. Those individuals picking up the player will need to bring identification. Please be aware that our staff will not allow any child to be picked up by someone that the child does not recognize. If there is someone or people NOT permitted to pick your child up, please contact Youth Development Staff.

How are players grouped at Residential Camp?

Players will be grouped based on their age and ability, after testing on day one. Grouping is reviewed at the end of each camp day and players may be moved accordingly to ensure they are in the correct development environment and constantly being challenged.

Can my child choose a roommate?

We will take roommate requests. However, we will not be able to accommodate every request we receive. We will do our best to accommodate as many requests as we can.

Are players supervised at all times?

Yes! On and off the field camper health and safety is our number one priority. We follow a strict safety policy that ensures that there is always adequate camper supervision at all times. In addition to camp staff and coaches we will also have residential assistants (RAs) who will stay on campus for the duration of camp. We also ensure that each camper is always checked in and signed out of camp by an approved adult.

What will happen in cases of injury or illness?

There will be a qualified athletic trainer or EMT present during the week to provide on-field treatment. However, the usual course of action once any serious injury is stabilized, is to contact the parents and, if necessary, the local emergency services. In the registration process we also ask important medical related questions so that we are always aware of any pre-existing injury or illness.

What if my child needs to bring medication to an overnight camp?

If your child will be taking medication while at an overnight camp, the prescribing physician must provide signed approval on all medications, including over-the-counter medications. Campers are NOT ALLOWED to hold onto medication while at camp. If your child is found in possession of medication, either prescription or over-the-counter medication, parents will be called for immediate pick up from camp. At camp check-in, ALL prescription and over-the-counter medications along with a signed medication authorization must be turned in to camp staff. Prescription medications must be in their original containers bearing the pharmacy label and have specific instructions for use (Child’s name, dosage, # pills inside, prescribing practitioner, pharmacy name & address, filler's initials, serial #).

A self-administration process is used on overnight camps. Self-administration of medications will only be allowed for those individuals determined to be "self-directed". Determination as to whether or not a camper should be considered for self-administration will be conducted by the Camp Director and will be based on the camper's ability to correctly identify the medication, dosage, and reason for need. Additionally, we do not keep supplies of over the counter medication at camp.

Does Residential Camp cater for special dietary needs?

Menu flexibility varies. Our goal is to offer a healthy and varied food option. There are times, however, when a dining hall can’t accommodate all special dietary needs. If your child has a special dietary need, please contact Youth Development Staff via phone or email (youth@chicago-fire.com) to see if the dietary request can be accommodated.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

If there is just rain, we play! However, if the weather presents a safety concern on the field, there are opportunities for indoor activities. The common areas will be set up for usage during potential rain delays with indoor activities. If available, a gym space may be used to continue training sessions. Indoor shoes or sneakers are required at for most gym floors, so please pack accordingly. The health and safety of our players remains our number one concern.

What happens if there is extreme heat?

The Camp Director 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. There are a number of possible activities that the players will have the opportunity to partake in that will allow them to safely avoid the heat yet still be engaged. As stated previously, the health and safety of our players remains our number one concern.

How can my child contact me / I contact my child throughout the week?

If your child has a cell phone they may use it only in their rooms. We do not allow players to carry their phones around campus or have them at meals. You will also have the cell phone number of the Camp Director and an on-site supervisor who you can contact in an emergency.

Are the parents allowed to come and watch during the week?

Yes. Parents may attend to watch sessions or games in the evening. However, we will be limiting parent-child interaction in order to keep our groups together and to stay on schedule. No visits are allowed outside these hours. We believe that the more you allow your child to immerse themselves in the soccer environment, the more they will enjoy the experience. Although we encourage our players to call home periodically, calling them several times a day can be counter-productive. Quite often, a text message is better. Please bear this in mind when communicating with your child. For child protection reasons, when visiting, parents are not allowed to enter the dormitories. If you are bringing extra clothing / equipment for players, please meet them outside the dorms or give the extra clothing/equipment to a coach or RA.

What will ‘evening entertainment’ consist of?

We will spend some time each night either watching a movie or a historically significant soccer game. A good example might be the Germany-Brazil game during the 2014 World Cup. We may show a movie that is soccer-related as well.

What clothing should my child wear at a Residential Camp?

A complete recommended packing list will be emailed closer to camp time. For meals, down time, meetings, and evening entertainment players are free to wear comfortable clothing. During training and games, though, players will be required to wear the provided camp kit. Please have your player prepared inclement weather.

What should my child refrain from bringing to Residential Camp?

Please be sure that your player refrains from bringing the following items: expensive or cherished items (jewelry, clothing, etc.), unnecessary electronics (iPads, laptops, etc.), refrigerators, air conditioners, or other large electronics/small appliances, excessive food, and any junk food, soda, and candy, and any other dangerous items.

Can I provide my child with food for their dorms?

Yes, limited food is allowed in the dorms. However, the food must be in sealed containers and be nonperishable. There is no refrigeration available. Please refrain from bringing any candy or other junk food.

Do the dorms have air conditioning?

Yes, all dorm rooms will be fully air conditioned.

Will bedding be provided and if not, what should I bring?

Bedding will not be provided. Campers will be responsible for bringing their own linens, pillow, towels, and any other bedroom-related items.

What is the cancellation policy after payment has been made?

If payment has already been made, you may receive a refund up to one (1) month before camp. After June 29th, no refunds will be given for any reason.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Youth Development Staff (708.496.6776, youth@chicago-fire.com) with any additional questions.

What is the dorm room configuration at each location?

All dorm rooms will be double occupancy, two players to a room. All players will be in the same dorm on the North Central College Campus.

Do you have a site map of North Central College?