Obese Boy Scouts banned from annual trip

Posted at 11:29 AM, Jul 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-18 11:29:18-04

Now through July 24, about 40,000 Boy Scouts and their leaders are going on a camping trip in the hills of southern West Virginia to engage in traditional Boy Scout pastimes – hiking, shooting, repelling, orienteering, swimming, canoeing and fishing — as well as more extreme physical activities such as mountain biking, skateboarding and rock climbing.

The heavier Boy Scouts are not permitted to attend, however. That’s according to a report from KTLA.

Boy Scouts officials say this year Scouts or Scout leaders with a body mass index, or BMI, above 40 – the point at which one is medically labeled “severely obese” – may not attend. Those with BMIs falling between 32 and 39.9 — labeled as obese — must have a physician’s clearance, according to the report.

Click here to read the complete story from KTLA.