Extremely overweight Boy Scouts were banned this year from the scouts' annual Jamboree. This year's national event in West Virginia is expected to be the most physically-demanding in the organization's history.
Exercise is part of the organization's focus on combating obesity, and that includes the 10-day Jamboree that started today. Scouts and scout leaders are taking part in miles of bike trails, zip lines, rock climbing and Olympic-size pools. And to get there from base camp, Scouts must walk.
Two years ago, the Boy Scouts released this video, telling scouts what to prepare for in the 2013 Jamboree. Watch the video here.
This year, 30,000 participants 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. Anyone with a BMI over 40 was not allowed to participate. Anyone with a BMI of 32-40 would have to consult with their doctor and share their medical records with the Boy Scouts.
CNYCentral reached out to the Boy Scouts of America for comment. "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," said Deron Smith. "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. We don't have the number of Scouts and Scouters this has impacted.
It's the first time the Jamboree is being held in West Virginia after nearly three decades at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.
Boy Scouts' Summit Group director Dan McCarthy says the site was designed for Scouts to walk to various venues.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.