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Update: The Boy Scouts of America told some scouts they couldn't attend the annual jamboree

By David Kaplan, dkaplan@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 16 2013 05:24:54 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 06:31:20 AM EDT

The Jamboree happens every four years and this year it has a new permanent home, near Beckley, West Virginia.

MOUNT HOPE, W. Va. -

The Boy Scouts of America told some scouts they couldn't attend the jamboree going on in West Virginia this week.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the organization didn't allow anyone considered "severely obese" to go.

Boy Scouts and Scout leaders with a body mass index between 32 and 40 must get a doctor's note to be allowed to attend.

The Boy Scouts of America says it warned scouts well in advance so they could improve their health in time for the jamboree.

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Seventy-five boy scouts from our region are attending the National Scout Jamboree.

35-thousand scouts from across the country are in southern West Virginia for the next ten days enjoying a brand new and permanent facility near Beckley.

Imagine summer camp on steroids and you'll have a good idea what the National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia, is.

If the cell towers, charging stations, and a skate park in the middle of the mountains don't tell you something's different, the kids here will.

Every four years, boys scouts from all 50 states - and some from abroad - come together to hang out and learn what it is that makes a good scout.

Tuesday was dedication day at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in the mountains of West Virginia, the Jamboree’s new permanent home. It’s a 10,000-acre, and close to $400 million, piece of land now called the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Scout leaders from the Roanoke area say there is a lot to be excited about.

“If you walk around through here and see everything, every each area is beyond my imagination of what they've put together. It's world class,” Paul Weary of the Blue Ridge Mountain Council said.
If the area looks expansive, it is -- over ten-thousand acres.

The week-long event provides kids both an opportunity to hone the scouting skills learned back home, and to meet other kids just like them.
The kids we spoke to are feeling a range of emotions; some are shocked.

“I think the scale of this thing is amazing how they got so many scouts over here for just one camp,” Tom Baker of Lynchburg said.

Others are a little nervous about camping in this heat.

“Yeah, it's pretty packed,” Matthew Holt said.

From skeet shooting to skateboarding, some of them can't believe there's just so much to do.

For troupes from the Blue Ridge Mountain council, they're just excited to be a part of this massive event, even if it is a little overwhelming.

Some scouts from our area attended a fundraiser at the Greenbrier on Monday night where they met the Governor of West Virginia and a few Fortune 500 CEOs.