Obese Boy Scouts left out of national gathering

Obese Boy Scouts left out of national gathering – U.S. News

Tough learning experience for kids, but if it gets them off the couch and into a gym, in the end it will be a good thing.

    The tents below will house staff members at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, W. Va. More than 30,000 Scouts, leaders and others will descend on southern West Virginia for the first ever National Scout Jamboree that officially begins July 15.

Boy Scouts attending this year’s National Scout Jamboree will have a lot more physical challenges to endure there, but even before setting up camp in West Virginia they had to undergo fitness exams, including a screening tool for obesity.

The new site for the celebration of Scouting, the jamboree, which officially begins Tuesday, is located on more than 10,000 acres in the southern part of the Mountain State. More than 30,000 youth and leaders are expected to join the 10-day jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.

The jamboree will be held “on foot,” meaning there will be no bus circuits or personal vehicles on site. Participants will be hiking even more than in the past, with the site providing hilly inclines, and some activities – climbing, mountain biking, rappelling, rafting and skateboarding – will require more stamina and fitness, the Boy Scouts of America said on its website.

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