That's what the Boy Scouts are telling their scouts (and scout leaders) if they want to attend the organization's yearly "National Jamboree", 10 days of camping, friendship and physical activity.
But check your BMI (Body Mass Index). Scouts and scout leaders with BMI's of 32 or more could have trouble going along. And anybody with a BMI of 40 or more... forget about it! Just stay home.
But is the BMI a good barometer of fitness? There are a lot of very physical challenges these scouts will have to be part of, and anybody considered out of shape may struggle. But BMI? Many super fit athletes are considered "obese" on the BMI scale. Instead of a questionable set number, why not just require a pre-jamboree physical? Leave weight and BMI out of it. Just like school sports, if a doctor OK's a kid for an activity, then why not let them go? Makes too much sense.
Are they also screening ALL the kids for problems that are known to kill young people? There seems to be an assumption low BMI means safety. It doesn't.
You're probably going to have a lot of kids with a low BMI struggle too with the physical challenges. Playing on an X-Box 6 hours a day isn't quite the physical test that gets somebody in shape for hiking and climbing in real-life.
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