COVID-19 Vaccination Availability for BSA Volunteers and Staff

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. 

Although the BSA will not require the COVID-19 vaccination for program participation eligibility, we do recommend that each individual consults their health care provider for guidance regarding vaccination.

Why is the COVID-19 vaccine important? COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Looking for additional information? Visit these links and review this information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

CDC’s Interim List of Categories of Essential Workers Mapped to Standardized Industry Codes and Titles states the following:

Some subcategories within these NAICS [North American Industry Classification System] groupings are designated as essential critical infrastructure by CISA [US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] but are not contained within any of the large workforce categories explicitly included by ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices]:

  • 7212 RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps

Additional notes about specific industries:

  • This includes workers who are providing these services outside of a fixed workplace (e.g., street outreach workers).
  • Workers in other industries whose duties involve child day care (e.g., day camps, afterschool activities) may also be considered for 1b prioritization.