By Miranda Leitsinger, Staff Writer, NBC News
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.
“It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for their Summit jamboree experience,” the Boy Scouts said. “Our goal is to prevent any serious health-related event from occurring, and ensuring that all of our participants and staff are ‘physically strong.’”
My thoughts? I agree with the Boy Scouts on this one. If your child is overweight that’s fine. However there are consequence of being overweight and sometimes you just don’t get a pass. I don’t know if any of the parents of the overweight scouts are going to sue. Check this link on some cool legalese on weight discrimination. Instead of bitching how their child is being singled out for being overweight…perhaps the disgruntled parents should get their overweight kids on some kind of exercise and nutritional regimen to help them become healthier. If a scout was excluded because of his weight, perhaps that can be used as a motivator to help him become more physically fit. In paragraph 3 above I highlighted in red the physical requirements of this year’s Jamboree…seems like some pretty physical stuff to me that requires a modicum of physical fitness.