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Rugged Summit Terrain Means More Fun—and Higher Level of Fitness—for All

Let’s get healthy, Scouts and Scouters!

That’s the message National Commissioner Tico Perez is pushing in his Summit video “Getting Fit for the JamboreeExternal Link.” Unlike the area making up Fort A.P. Hill at past national Scout jamborees, the Summit—and, indeed, the entire state of West Virginia—claims one heck of a mountainous landscape. This challenging, rugged terrain makes the Summit beautiful, and a perfect place for the high-adventure activities that so many of our youth and leaders enjoy.

What does that mean for Scouters visiting in 2013? In order for them to enjoy the jamboree to the max, they’ll need to be healthy enough to get from activity area to activity area with energy to spare. You’ve got to have enough fortitude to keep up with the adrenaline-serving activities we’ve got planned for you!

Because everyone will need a little more pep in their step, the BSA has created a health standard for those who wish to participate in 2013. To be part of all the fun next year, every participant must have a body mass index under 40.0. If a Scout’s BMI is between 32.0 and 40.0, a doctor must first be consulted before their application will be granted.

But never fear! If you or any of your Scouts fall into the 40.0 or above category, there’s plenty of time to get in shape for the Summit! Don’t let that put you in an “all is well” mind-set, though; get walking, running, riding bikes, or swimming now so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your new fitness level before diving into all the goodness the national jamboree has in store.

Check out the YouTube videoExternal Link to see more of what Tico has to say on the subject and to see how he’s taking the challenge to get fit personally.

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