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Obese Boy Scouts Banned From National Scout Jamboree

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Obese Boy Scouts will not be allowed to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

Event organizers warn that kids attending the event will undergo a lot more physical challenges than in the past, and therefore they will need to be in decent shape. As part of acceptance into the event, Boy Scouts must undergo a fitness exam which includes a screening tool for obesity.

The Boy Scouts have recently moved to a new location for the Jamboree, which now sits on 10,000 acres in the southern part of the Mountain State.

Despite the massive area covered by the event there, NBC News reports that there will be no buses or other personal vehicles allowed. That means everything will be done “on foot” and often on hilly inclines.

Obese Boy Scouts would also be faced with sports that organizers fear they wouldn’t be able to complete. Sports include climbing, mountain biking, rappelling, rafting, and skateboarding.

On its website, the Boy Scouts of America writes:

“It is essential that all participants and staff are prepared for their Summit jamboree experience. Our goal is to prevent any serious health-related event from occurring, and ensuring that all of our participants and staff are ‘physically strong.'”

While some people may have a problem with the obese Boy Scouts rule, the agency did post its height and weight requirements years ahead of time. The organization hoped that by publishing the rules, it would force scout leaders to work with their scouts to shed unwanted and dangerous pounds.

The height and weight requirement could mean that upwards of 33 percent of all Boy Scouts won’t be able to attend the jamboree. According to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of all American children are overweight or obese.

Obese Boy Scouts are determined by using the CDC’s guidelines for body mass index (BMI).

Obese adults will also not be able to attend the event as organizers try to set an good example for children in attendance.

A BMI of 40.0 or higher will exclude children from attending the 2013 Jamboree event. The CDC considers a BMI of 30.0 to be obese, which means there is some leeway for fatter children. Boy Scouts whose BMI fell between 32.0 and 39.9 were individually checked by medical professionals for clearance.

Whether or not you agree with the Boy Scout rules, they are truly meant to protect everyone at the event. With more than 30,000 participants expected at the Jamboree, there simply isn’t enough help to monitor every single at risk child who may attend.

Do you think banning obese Boy Scouts from the 2013 Jamboree was a responsible decision or a move that will ultimately act to further alienate those children?

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45 Responses to “Obese Boy Scouts Banned From National Scout Jamboree”

  1. Leslie Settles

    This is a problem and its about time someone confronted it. Its hard to participate and enjoy activities if you are constantly stopping and taking breaks beause someone can't keep up. Im not being mean. I used to be more than 100 lbs overweight as a teen until I decided to do something about it myself.

  2. Annette Barnett

    Sounds a little like the Hitler Youth. My husband could not join the boy scouts because he did not believe in God. Who needs them!

  3. Leah Ray

    this is a bunch of crap just because they are obese does not mean they can't do it, they should have every right to go just like the rest of them. if you this goes on I really do think you will lose some good scout boys. just let them go. who cares if they have to stop and take a break it doesn't matter.

  4. Deborah Souder-Pelaez

    There needs to be limits on involvement if serious injury could occur. Unfortunately, some of the equipment used for activities such as climbing and repelling are not made to accommodate obese individuals. In addition, if an adult or child cannot pass a fitness exam demonstrating that they are safe to participate it would be unwise to allow them to attend in out litigious society. This is 1 single event that a majority of scouts will never attend because of the time and expense involved so we are not really looking at huge numbers of boys or adults being excluded. The reality is is one obese child dies in attendance people would be equally up in arms saying the BSA was irresponsible to allow them to attend in the first place so this is a no win situation!

  5. Deborah Souder-Pelaez

    Because they hold up the entire unit. You need to be able to participate safely.

  6. Tom Thornton

    We aren't talking about overweight kids. For a 12 year old that is 5'2", we're talking about someone who is well over 200 lbs. The CDC's website indicates that children in this category are at high risk for health problems and should see a doctor for further assessment. This isn't a case of a narrow minded organization looking for an opportunity to discriminate against yet another group. This is an organization that has probably been sued when kids who shouldn't be engaging in strenuous activities collapsed in the field. There is almost always a lawsuit at the root of these policies. http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/

  7. Diana Ohlig

    BSA states these rules are truly meant to protect everyone. Just because someone is slender, doesn't necessarily mean they are fit enough to handle what these kids will be experiencing. Personally I feel the BSA shouldn't be having events that doesn't include all the scouts!

  8. Wanda Floyd

    How STUPID are the Boy Scouts getting, they can't ban gays anymore so now they are going after over weight boys. If they can't take part in the events planned, then plan something they can do to be part of it. You are trying to punish kids for being heavy & that is wrong. Yes it is narrow minded people, if you weren't narrow minded you would do something ALL boy scouts can do. Banning them is another way of bullying.

  9. Jana Watts

    Time to sue the boy scouts again I cannot even believe they are stupid enough to actually do this. seems like the boy scouts need to be disbanded if they keep being prejudicial for sure not they type of organization I would want my son to join even with him being a skinny kid.

  10. Mary Fehrenbacher

    I guess this would eliminate many handicapped Boy Scouts also. I see a law suit in their future.

  11. Rebecca Elizabeth Hunt

    Instead of banning them and making them feel worse, how about creating some activities they can do while promoting exercise and healthy diets?

    Cripes, is the Boy Scouts motto "Ban now ask questions later"? Is this how they handle everything?

  12. Kevin Muns

    They are not banning them from scouts just the jamboree. I am an Eagle Scout and have been to many, they are very strenuous to a person that's fit. I really think they are concerned about injuries

  13. Paige Smothers

    "Just because someone is slender, doesn't necessarily mean they are fit enough to handle what these kids will be experiencing."
    Diana, you bring up a very good point, and I couldn't agree with you more, that BSA should include every single one of their members in these events.

  14. Kevin Muns

    And also the event location has been changed from past events, this place is like a Boy Scout Disney world, repelling mountain climbing, zip lines and many other things. I think this also to save embarrassment of bigger scouts that would either fail or not be able. To try at all

  15. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, most of you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  16. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, most of you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  17. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  18. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  19. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  20. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  21. Devon Curtis

    Nope there are handicap scouts attending the Jamboree right now!!! This is not about Boy Scouts in general just the Jamboree, as the article states!

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  22. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  23. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  24. Devon Curtis

    Obviously, you do not have scouts attending the Jamboree! There is no discrimination going on! Scouts of all sizes, shapes, nationalities and same sex preference are allowed to join scouts! They can all go to BSA camps in the USA without restriction with the exception of High Adventure Camps! This year the Jamboree is being held at a high adventure camp! High adventure activities include white water rafting, mountain hiking (daily and all day long), zip lining (which have weight requirements at all locations in the US), technical rock climbing (actual rocks), various water activities that require you to be physically fit – like a one mile swim), mountain bike riding (in the mountains of WV). The weight requirements are not that stringent, they have get their usual yearly BSA physical and also have a BMI of less than 40. 40 and above is considered extremely obese. Excluding all the high adventure activities, the walking and hiking from location to location in this vast camp is rough even on a healthy person. They are provided with small meals that they can take with them for the day (like a meal you would take hiking: crackers, peanut butter, trail mix, maybe a piece of fruit and/or a protein bar). They drink mostly water and gatoraid! They are also in higher altitudes than most are used to! This is not the biggest loser! The scouts go and follow their schedule everyday. It would be very unhealthy and dangerous for any child who is considered extremely obese to be put in this environment that they are not used to! They do not have a personal trainer or health professional with them throughout the day monitoring them! They would be dropping like flies from dehydration and heart attacks! This is yet another example of someone posting something without properly researching the facts!

  25. Brenda Klein

    Remember Adolph Hitler???? All scouts should be able to attend jamboree. So what if they can't perform like a thin person would. You have no problem taking their dues… Way to build self esteem. Thanks for making the overweight kids feel like losers and thanks for taking away their pride and dignity. Just sickens me!!!!!!!

  26. Laurie Kliemann

    As the article stated, the requirements have been published for a few years now. This is NOT a surprise that was sprung on people. It would be irresponsible for someone who is that overweight (40 or more BMI), child or adult, to be participating in these activities…especially in these temperatures.
    The BSA has been making a push for the last few years to try and encourage all adults and youth to be healthier. I know the leaders in my son's Troop started a weight loss competition in June because they wanted to be in better shape and they weighed in at the Troop meeting every week. They were getting healthier for themselves, but setting a good example for the Scouts as well.
    Each Scout, youth and adult, has to get a physical every year prior to going to any camp to ensure that they are well enough for activities. This includes the 'fit' Scouts who have also had things 'discovered' when they went in for their physicals.
    It's not about preventing Scout youth or adults from an activity that is really fun (Jamboree), it's about making sure that the event is as safe as possible for all people attending. The Scouters that ARE attending have been working hard for this, and many of them worked hard to get in better shape for the activities they would be participating in.
    How about focusing on the amazing accomplishments of the youth who are there, and the fabulous experiences they are having instead of being so quick to judge a situation without all the details.

  27. Sharon Kay Kesel

    I understand the need for such limitations for high risk activities such as described in the article. However, there should be an alternate activity for the other children to participate in that gives them the same type of experience in a less rigorous environment. One of the things scouts could do is (it has been 15 yrs since my son was in scouts) is promote healthy choices and work with the kids. I know at every meeting I attended it was a sugar fest and my son needed a foot tether by the time I got him home.

  28. Linda Carannante

    If he didn't believe in God he should not have wanted to join since it is one of their core principles! The world needs MORE Boy Scouts! Then maybe we wouldn't have the bullying or all the disrespectful brats and the shootings in school. Oh wait that's when we took prayer out of school because of one person yet again! Good thing the Boy Scouts don't have to change for anyone! This ban is because of a bunch of lawyer hungry parents, sending their kids then trying to make a buck if something simple happens!

  29. Linda Carannante

    If he didn't believe in God he should not have wanted to join since it is one of their core principles! The world needs MORE Boy Scouts! Then maybe we wouldn't have the bullying or all the disrespectful brats and the shootings in school. Oh wait that's when we took prayer out of school because of one person yet again! Good thing the Boy Scouts don't have to change for anyone! This ban is because of a bunch of lawyer hungry parents, sending their kids then trying to make a buck if something simple happens!

  30. Linda Carannante

    From the mother of an Eagle & Life Scout, Devon the only thing you left out was that it was probably also put in place because of a few quick buck parents! You know the kind… money hungry parents that would sue if their child fainted! Not hurt but just overheated they would be suing saying they pushed their child too hard etc. Anything for a quick buck!

  31. Linda Carannante

    From the mother of an Eagle & Life Scout, Devon the only thing you left out was that it was probably also put in place because of a few quick buck parents! You know the kind… money hungry parents that would sue if their child fainted! Not hurt but just overheated they would be suing saying they pushed their child too hard etc. Anything for a quick buck!

  32. Linda Carannante

    Apparently you don't know the scouts! They go out of their way to include ALL children but you see it's the parents that are the issue! As a former Scout leader, Chairman and mother of an Eagle & Life Scout I will tell you it's a shame parents are so lazy they don't put their child in scouting, then we wouldn't have half the issues with children in the world today! Beside the fact that this year's jamboree is at an Adventure Camp which has quite a bit of high activity events, they must protect themselves against the MONEY HUNGRY parents that would sue if their child so much as fainted! Instead of showing their children that things happen in life and how to deal with them when they do they are more interested in their "let me take advantage of a great organization and try to make a quick buck" sue mentality!

  33. Rebecca Rang Schoenig

    Exclusion doesn't seem like the way to go. Would be nice if they had activities for all types of physical levels. As far as beliefs in God, there are plenty of 'God believing' bullies, brats, etc. One could argue that not believing in God could make a person less likely to have bad behaviour because 'God' isn't going to bale them out by forgiving 'sins', etc. Compassion and respect towards others in their beliefs, physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional well being would seem to be a better way of handling situations. Teaching them and motivating them to share in physical activities together and do team building could help them be healthier in several ways. I personally am tired of the Boy Scouts messages of exclusion, discrimination, and what they feel is the 'right kinda' boy for boy scouts. It would be a tremendous lesson for all if everyone was included. Make it uplifting for everyone. For legal issues, they can ALL sign waivers. A thin or regular weight kid could have issues just as an obese one.

  34. Ron Morgan

    if you had any balls you would ask your fellow scouts that will be excluded because of this new rule about how they feel and what they want to do AND STAND WITH THEM support them

  35. Annette Barnett

    I agree…why ban them…Why not spend some of that money on some activities that are less strenuous so everyone can participate in something? if you are lucky enough to have the ability to control your weight that is fine but for many of you who have lived a while should know that you cannot judge a person without walking in their shoes. You have no idea what is going on with that person.

  36. Gary Wilson

    The height/weight safety requirement for all High Adventure bases have been in effect for many years. They apply to both youth and adults. Folks who want to attend such specialized events apply two years in advance and have plenty of time to meet them if they wish.

    They are needed due to the strenuous nature of these events, the rugged terrain, and to ensure an injured person can be manually carried out many miles out to medical care.

    Scouts and Adults who do not meet the height/weight requirements for High Adventure bases are certainly able to participate in all local troop meetings, campouts, and local summer camps, just not the more extreme events that only ten percent of all Scouts attend.