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Scouts Screened For Obesity Before Jamboree

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Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree. Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree.
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -

Two months after a vote that accepted openly gay boys as Scouts, officials for the Boy Scouts of America say they've put the issue aside and are focused on their 10-day national Jamboree.

Thousands of Scouts and their leaders began arriving Monday in southern West Virginia.  But none of them are obese.

Leaders screened participants, eliminating anyone with a body mass index higher than 40.

Organizers say their height and weight requirements have been published for years, and goes with its goal of the Jamboree, which promotes physical fitness.

Months of divisive debate led to a vote by the BSA's National Council earlier this year to accept gay Scouts. The policy change is effective next January.

Boy Scouts chief executive Wayne Brock says that despite the vote, he sees no changes in the way the Jamboree will be conducted.

Rich Ferraro of GLAAD says the media watchdog group is continuing to work toward ending the Scouts' ban on gay adults. Ferraro says the group formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has no planned events surrounding the Jamboree.

Scout leaders also say they're unaware of any scheduled protests.

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