Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 28, 2013

Scouts who attend jamboree in W.Va. must be fit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Boy Scout oath requires Scouts to keep themselves physically strong.

Scouts will have to live up to that oath if they want to attend the Boy Scouts of America's 2013 National Jamboree in southern West Virginia.

According to the jamboree's website, this year's event at The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve will be more physically demanding than previous jamborees held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. The terrain is more challenging, and there will be activities such as climbing, rappelling and mountain biking.

Body mass index, health history and other factors will be used to determine whether a Scout can participate in the jamboree.

National Jamboree director Larry Pritchard tells the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/13zQtnO ) that The Summit is a fun but physically demanding facility.

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