Camp Safety Guidelines

In order to keep our campers, families, and staff safe, we will be implementing a variety of new procedures for Camp CBG. All programs will be full day, weeklong camps with a maximum of ten participants per age group. At this time, we are not able to offer My First Camps, Leaders in Training, or Cooking Camps. In order to allow as many of our campers back as possible, we ask that you only sign up your campers for one week. Activities will be the same from week to week and are designed to allow for outdoor social distancing.

Help protect your camper and others: Please explain to your camper ahead of time that they will need to stay 6 feet away from people, including Garden staff. We will provide place markers for young campers to help them remember. If you or your camper are sick, or have been in contact with someone who is sick, please stay home. Hand sanitizer will be available in the Atrium and in each classroom. Each teacher will also carry sanitizer. Campers will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering the building and classrooms.

Indoor classrooms: Surfaces and shared materials will be cleaned in between each class. 

Face coverings: In accordance with state guidelines, campers need to bring a face covering which they are able to put on and take off themselves. The Garden will not provide a face covering. Campers will not be allowed to participate in class without wearing a face covering as they will be required any time campers are indoors or unable to remain 6 feet apart. Teachers will be wearing face coverings.

Capacity: All camps will have a limit of 10 participants. When indoors, campers will be seated 6 feet apart.

Health Screening: In order to help keep our campers and staff safe, campers who are feeling sick must stay home. Prior to the start of camp, there will be an additional health questionnaire about COVID-19 symptoms and any recent travel. Each morning at drop off camp staff will check camper’s temperature. If it is above 100.4º they will not be allowed to attend camp that day.

Drop Off: Upon arrival each day, all cars must stop at the Gatehouse and show a printed copy of your confirmation or the Camp CBG dashboard printout. You will then drive up to the Learning Campus. We ask that parents/guardians remain in the car. A camp staff member will approach to take your camper’s temperature and then help your camper exit the vehicle.

Timing: Plan to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of camp. We are doing staggered drop off and pick up times in order to prevent groups from mixing. 

No Before or After Care: In order to prevent groups from mixing, we will not be offering Before or After Care.

Services will be limited:

  • Each group will have scheduled bathroom breaks to prevent contact between groups.
  • Campers must bring their own water or a bottle to fill, as there is no access to drinking fountains. Touchless water dispensers will be available.
  • Campers must bring a nut-free snack and lunch, which will be kept in an air conditioned room.
  • It is not possible to ensure that chairs, tables, and other common surface areas are sanitized at all times. Please act accordingly. Surfaces and shared materials will be cleaned in between each class. Where possible, campers will be assigned their own touch materials to limit shared contact.

Weather permitting, camps will take place outdoors with limited use of Learning Center classrooms. Make sure your camper is dressed appropriately.

The health and safety of our staff and our visitors is our priority. If visitors do not follow social distancing and other guidelines, we may be forced to close the Garden. We reserve the right to request that visitors who do not follow the guidelines leave the premises. An inherent risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) exists in any public space where people are present. Persons visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden do so at their own risk.  

The Chicago Botanic Garden will not tolerate discrimination or abuse of staff by customers. Such behavior may result in the loss of membership privileges, removal from the Chicago Botanic Garden, and/or prosecution. 

We will continue to monitor guidance from state officials and gauge Garden operations, and, if necessary, we will make adjustments. With your help, we can keep the Garden safe for all.

For more information, see our FAQs.