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Report: Obese Boy Scouts banned from national jamboree

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Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-15 13:59:22-04

Thousands of Scouts are gathering Monday for the national “Jamboree” at a new location in West Virginia. Officials designed the 1,000-plus acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve to take advantage of the Mountain State’s natural assets, and they also put into place new physical fitness requirements that eliminated morbidly obese Scouts from participating.

This year, 30,000 Scouts ages 12 to 20 and their leaders were required to meet a threshold for body mass index and other health factors before being allowed to participate. Jamboree applicants with a BMI — a measure of body fat determined through height and weight — of 40 or higher were deemed ineligible.