Obese Boy Scouts Banned From Jamboree

ABC News – by Colleen Curry

Extremely overweight Boy Scouts are banned this year from the scouts’ annual Jamboree, which is expected to be the most physically-demanding in the organization’s history.

The Boy Scouts of America organization said they published their height/weight requirements for this year’s national gathering years in advance so scouts would have a reason to work toward healthy goals.  

“Teaching scouts and scouters how to live a sustainable life, which includes a healthy lifestyle, and the health of our participants are important goals of the jamboree. We published our height weight requirements years in advance and many individuals began a health regimen to lose weight and attend the jamboree. But, for those who couldn’t, most self-selected and chose not to apply,” Deron Smith, spokesman for the BSA, said in a statement to ABC News.

The jamboree, which attracts thousands of scouts from across the country for 10 days of hiking, camping, and other activities, will take place for the first time this year at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Organizers told the Associated Press that the new location was specifically designed to promote physical fitness among scouts by forcing them to walk far distances over hilly terrain or hike mountains to attend various activities.

“Additionally, as the newest high adventure base of the BSA, The Summit is a fun but physically demanding facility with numerous high-adventure activities, including kayaking, rock climbing, bouldering, skateboarding, BMX, and various other activities,” Smith’s statement to ABC News said.

Scouts with a body mass index of 40 or higher were not eligible to attend the gathering, the AP reported.  The average weight for a 12-year-old boy is 90 pounds. An obese 12 year old is more than 130 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The BSA said they it did not know how many scouts were affected.

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13 thoughts on “Obese Boy Scouts Banned From Jamboree

  1. “, told the Associated Press that the new location was specifically designed to promote physical fitness among scouts by forcing them to walk far distances over hilly terrain or hike mountains to attend various activities.”

    SMOKE AND MIRRORS! I remember my trip to the Jamboree in 1973. It was no flatlanders paradise it’s all uphill or downhill.

    “Organizers told the Associated Press that the new location was specifically designed to promote physical fitness among scouts by forcing them to walk far distances over hilly terrain or hike mountains to attend various activities.”
    Forty years ago was no different. Only some of the activities have changed. The Puppet Shows are trying hard to sell the Betchel site as a huge improvement. I see it for the BS it is.

    1. F#$king assholes just couldn’t keep from screwing up a really great organization for the kids. Fags, lesbians, transvestites and god knows what else now. Who gives a rats ass if the kid is heavy, it’s all about the experience. Turning the poor kid away will just screw him up even more.

      I don’t want my kid learning how to tie a double half hitch from a closet tranny, that simple.

      1. I can’t abandon fond memories but I can refuse to support the BSA.
        So yes, I agree Mark. My daughter (now 27) learned her woodcraft and skills from me. To this day we still laugh at all the CRAP others think they need when going camping.

  2. They let girls and gays but fat…get out of here. lol
    Most of the kids in boy scouts when I was a member in the 80s and 90s where fat. They were the kids whos dads came camping and cooked meals that took hours to make and had big tents with pillows and cots. lol
    Same fat asses whos moms did all there badges for them.

  3. So if the Boy Scouts of America were all about teaching children how to live a healthy and sustainable life…..wouldn’t the obese kids be the first ones they’d teach?

    1. Bring recess back to the F#$king schools, no more fat kids. They set these kids up…. When I was a kid we had at least three recess’ a day. We sweat our ass’ off too. Hand ball, football, monkey bars etc.etc.etc. The department of education has their head up their ass.

      Kids now are forced to sit and play with their fat pads (ipads) all damn day. Stupidity at it’s finest.

  4. “Teaching scouts and scouters how to live a sustainable life, which includes a healthy lifestyle, and the health of our participants are important goals of the jamboree.”

    Hmmm……………

    “sustainable”. Interesting choice of a word.

    The same word they use to describe Agenda 21.

  5. There is a guy suing Apple computer because the browser they provided him didn’t adequately filter pornography and now he is a pornography addict. Maybe the fatties can sue someone for advertising food and/or the TV manufacturers for allowing them to see food. Someone has to be responsible and it isn’t the fatty because he is a discriminated against faultless party.
    Just WTF has happened to people taking responsibility for themselves? Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and laugh.

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