Boy Scout Jamboree Will Emphasize Exercise, Health, Fitness

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (July 13, 2013)—The site of the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree in West Virginia includes miles of bike trails, zip lines, rock climbing and Olympic-size pools and to get to all of them from base camp, the Scouts must walk.

Exercise is part of the organization's focus on combating obesity, and it will be a big part of the 10-day Jamboree, which starts Monday.

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 they were allowed to participate.

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.

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