Attention Scouts and Scouters:
All camp participants and leaders must present proof of up to date vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) when attending any Green Mountain Council resident camp, family camp or Cub Scout Day Camp. There will only be one exception, which is for those who are medically unable to complete the vaccination. Accommodations will be made for those scouts, but it may preclude participation in some activities and necessitate alternative accommodations during their stay with Green Mountain Council. Refusal of vaccination for any rationale other than medical reasons cannot be accommodated. Documented medical reasons for not having these vaccinations must be presented with a note from your Scout’s medical provider prior to arrival at camp. (This is in addition the scout health form). It must have an actual signature from a licensed medical doctor.
Green Mountain Council and the Scouting program remains open to all faiths and beliefs and does not bar anyone from participating in the scouting program on the grounds of faith, personal belief, gender, age or sexual orientation. However, this does not equate to full and open access to all programs when there is a concern regarding the safety, health and well-fare of our Scouts, adult leaders and other parents.
Currently, there are many active cases of Pertussis and Measles across our nation at levels which are unprecedented in the last 2 decades. While there have been no known reported cases in Vermont, the potential spread associated with these pathogens creates a substantial safety concern and has necessitated this action. This risk is further increased when considering close quarters in which our campers reside.
We strongly desire your Scout to come to our camps for a once in a lifetime camp experience. If this is a personal decision, we respect your decision and ask that in kind you respect our decision to ensure the safety of our campers and staff. If this choice not to vaccinate is a matter of personal conviction or out of concerns regarding safety of vaccinations; we urge you ask and discuss this topic with your medical provider. Ensure the literature you review on this issue is from reputable sources and is reviewed by medical professionals.
Contact Green Mountain Council Service Center if you have additional questions or concerns.