|The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the definition of “essential workers” to incorporate out-of-school time workers, including camp “staff.” To support that move, the CDC recently made changes to their website to explicitly list camp staff in Phase 1b of their vaccination prioritization.
Please note that while the CDC has recommended that “camp workers” be deemed as essential workers, each state governor ultimately decides which workers are deemed essential in their state. And in some examples, this designation even varies within the state at the county level. The language included on the CDC website details the clear intention of CDC to have “camp staff” included in the vaccination prioritization.
In the BSA, the term “camp staff” includes any adult attending camp—not just those employed by the organization. Because of the key role BSA volunteers play in our camp settings, they are a key part of how we deliver our “out-of-school” time programs and will meet these criteria.
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