July 16, 2013

Today's GMAFB story

I doubt this story would be getting any traction if it weren't for the decision about gay scouts that took place in May:
Boy Scouts' Jamboree should include those barred due to BMI restrictions, experts say...
Boy Scouts hate gays and now they hate fat people.

My son is at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico right now.  A trek that he trained for.  A trek that his adult leadership trained for.  In fact, one of the leaders was at Philmont last year for a training course, and they would not let him up on the mountain due to his weight.  He came home and consulted a personal trainer, bought a gym membership, and ate more healthy, dropping nearly 50 pounds to clear the height and weight standard so that he could return with his troop this year.  

My son had to have a complete physical, and his doctor was provided with several pages of what the trek would entail, so that he could make an accurate determination as to whether my son's physical and mental capacity was equal to the task.  Just as all Scouts headed to camp must do:
 All Scouts were required to have a physical exam in advance of the Jamboree and those with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater were barred from participating at this year’s gathering, which features strenuous activities such as hiking, rock climbing, rappelling and biking. Scouts with BMIs between 32 and 39.9 had to provide additional health information to take on the 1,000-plus acre Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia. But critics told FoxNews.com excluding obese Boy Scouts goes against the spirit of the organization.
Of course no one has actually named a single scout that was denied participation. And a BMI of 40 or greater is generally a heart attack waiting to happen.  Even muscle-bound athletes (and we all know that muscle weighs more than fat) don't hit the 40 mark:
The average BMI for an NFL player for the 2012 season was 31.35, according to SportingCharts.com, well above the normal range of 18.5-24.9 as set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Scouts choose to go to camp, it is not a requirement.  Summit Bechtel, the site of the Jamboree, is the newest of the Scouts HIGH ADVENTURE CAMPS.  By its very nature, it is physically demanding.  It is a gorgeous place, adjacent to the New River Gorge.  But it is a wild, demanding, adventure of an experience.  It isn't basket weaving and pottery class.

Boy Scout camp is a want, not a need.  The want versus need standard is one of the things sorely lacking in today's entitlement-minded parents and their saintly, and apparently obese, offspring.

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