So says the BSA… Now before I get hate mail.. Raise your right hand in the Scout sign and repeat after me..
“To keep myself physically Strong, Mentally Awake, and Morally Straight.”
In a minute I want you to watch this video. This is Tico Perez, our National Commissioner talking about Jamboree 2013. He discusses the challenges it will provide and the need to be physically strong as out lined in the standards that all of us should be using on the new medical form. I would suggest that if you have not got on board with this yet, well then you should.
Comments please, but don’t shoot the messenger.
So here is my take before I pop in the video.
Do I want to exclude anyone, NO.. BUT. I don’t want anyone getting hurt either. AND.. I do not want to take away the adventure. Everyone in our government talks about child obesity in America, but they are not willing to do anything about it really. Statistics show that we are fat. So let’s get skinny. You can do it, if you want to.
Eat right, exercise, and get fit, or the BSA is going to leave you out of certain activities.
I had a dear friend that was extremely heavy. Along with his weight came a lot of medical issues I am not going to dive into, but by and large you all know what those can be. He applied to go on staff for Arrow Corps 5 a few years back. He was declined because of his weight, or should I say BMI. He was very upset about it, but in the end understood the liability that he would create in this high adventure activity.
My Troop is sending 2 crews to Philmont in 2012. We will all be fit before we go. One of the committment markers to signing up was that you would be fit and meet all the standards before you would be allowed to go. Is this harsh? No, it’s the real world and we need to help these Scouts stay fit. Now you may say, Well I know Scouts that are heavy that out pack, out hike, and out last any of the skinny kids in the Troop. Well good for them, but what is the harm in shaving a few pounds for the future. That heavy kid is going to grow into a heavier adult and the problems on the horizon are many for him. Don’t get upset, just know that this is a fact and we all can help by enforcing the BSA standard and helping our Scouts get fit.
OK.. so here’s the video.. let me know what you think. Leave a comment, shoot me a voice mail or drop an email into my in box. I love to hear what you think.
Have a Great Scouting Day!