Camp Safety Guidelines

In order to keep our campers, families, and staff safe, we will implement new procedures for Camp CBG, based on state guidelines and recommendations from national camp organizations. We will offer both half- and full-day camps, with a maximum of 12 participants per group for Green Sprouts, and 15 participants per group for Green Thumbs, Explorers, and Adventurers. Please do not register your camper for both a morning and afternoon half-day camp, as we are no longer offering Lunch Bunch. We do anticipate being able to offer My First Camps, Cooking Camps, and Leaders in Training for 2022. We also anticipate being able to run Before- and After-Camp Care.

Location: Weather permitting, camps will take place outdoors with limited use of Learning Center classrooms. Make sure your camper is dressed appropriately. Surfaces and shared materials for indoor classrooms will be cleaned in between each class.

Help protect your camper and others: Campers need to follow social distancing guidelines. Please explain to your camper ahead of time that they will need to stay 3 feet away from people, including Garden staff. 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.

Face coverings: In accordance with state guidelines, campers need to bring a mask, which they must be able to put on and take off themselves. Face shields can be worn, but cannot be used in place of masks. Masks will be required for any indoor activities. Masks are optional for outdoor activities. Campers will not be allowed to participate without a mask. For full-day camps, we recommend bringing a second mask in case your camper wants to change them after lunch.

Vaccination: All camp staff and volunteers are required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or regularly tested if exempt. We strongly encourage all campers who are eligible to get vaccinated.

Capacity: All camps have a limit of 12 or 15 participants, based on age. When indoors, campers will be seated 3 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 each camper’s temperature. If the temperature is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the camper will not be allowed to attend camp that day.

Services will be limited:

  • Campers must bring their own water or a bottle to fill. Touchless water dispensers will be available.
  • Campers must bring a nut-free snack and and, for full-day camps, a lunch that does not require refrigeration.
  • 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.

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.