EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEyewitness News Wants You To Weigh In On Scout BMI Restrictions
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jul. 16, 2013 4:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013 10:32 AM EDT
Glen Jean , West Virginia
As thousands of Boy Scouts converge in West Virginia for a 10-day jamboree, the demands will be many. One of the biggest tests will be physical fitness. The mountains of West Virginia will help provide quite the challenge for the group.
According to the Summit's webpage here "It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for their Summit jamboree experience."
The website goes on to explain that the Staff Village is about one mile away from the Summit Center and staff will make that hike or a similar one at least once, if not twice each day. The site said that participants can expect to hike even more. And hiking isn't the only physical activity that the Scouts and leaders will be involved in during the Jamboree. The other activities include think climbing, rappelling, rafting, mountain biking and skateboarding.
The Scouts, ages 12 to 20 will be pushed to the limit. Those with a BMI of 40 or higher were deemed ineligible and those with a BMI of between 32 and 39.9 faced providing additional health information to Jamboree medical staff, according to an article in cnsnews.com.
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