We have learned a great deal about self-protection in the last year, and the availability of the vaccine shifts odds in our favor, but only for those who have elected to receive it. Unfortunately, this pandemic is not over, and with the emergence of the Delta variant, cases are very much on the rise. With only a 50% vaccination rate in Iowa and Nebraska, your risk of contracting COVID-19 is higher than in other parts of the country.
As you know, we had a very strict mitigation protocol in effect for all the sessions of Camp Cedars this summer. We had a successful summer, but even with all of these measures in place, the risk is greater now more than ever.
It is impossible to conduct a similarly restrictive program for an event such as the 2 day Induction Weekend, so different guidelines must apply.
Due to large numbers arriving in a short period of time, there will be no checking for vaccine documentation. Members/candidates are expected to exercise good judgment and not unnecessarily put their fellow Scouts at risk.
The first advantage we have in our favor is that most, though not all, activities take place outside. Being outdoors with adequate spacing reduces the rate of transmission, but does not eliminate it. The second advantage we have is that the event is fairly short in duration.
There continues to be the expectation that Scouts and Leaders will follow usual COVID precautions, maintain reasonable distances, and use hand sanitizers in all the areas where it is provided.