For the second year in a row, the Boy Scouts of America have banned Scouts with a body mass index of 40% from the annual National Scout Jamboree. A BMI of over 32% is considered obese, and 40% is considered morbidly obese by the Centers for Disease Control. For Boy Scouts whose BMI range from 32 and 39.9, the Jamboree’s medical staff requires health history, health data and a recommendation from a personal health care provider, according to the Boy Scouts’ website.
Deron Smith, director of public relations for Boy Scouts of America told CNN:
This policy is not meant to keep anyone out at all, and it’s just to make sure that they’re safe. We offer thousands of summer camp experiences (that) do not have this requirement.
Part of the Boy Scout Oath is
DUTY TO SELF: Keeping yourself physically strong means taking care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.
Well, surely Jamboree provides nutritious food and regular exercise, plus encouragement and fellowship for the Boy Scouts deemed morbidly obese. At any rate the BSA should be providing Jamboree entertainment that lives up to the last part of the oath, which is explained on the Boy Scouts of America’s page as meaning:
Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime. That means eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to build strength and endurance. it also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and anything else that can harm your health.
So one has to wonder why the BSA chose for the Jamboree a band, 3 Doors Down, whose bass player, Todd Harrell, is charged with causing a fatal crash in April of this year in a suburb of Nashville, Tenn.
Police say the 41-year-old Harrell was under the influence when he was speeding down Interstate 40 and clipped the back of a pickup truck. The driver of the truck, 47-year-old Paul Shoulders Jr. was killed as a result of the crash.
Harrell is facing multiple charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law and possession of contraband. A court hearing is set for July 30 in Nashville.
Harrell admitted to police he had been drinking hard cider and taking the prescription Lortab, an opiate painkiller, and Xanax before the accident. Though he appeared impaired during a series of field sobriety tests, his breathalyzer test did not show any alcohol. TMZ reports that while booking the bass player into jail they discovered a plastic bag shoved in his sock that contained more Xanax plus Oxycodone and Oxymorphone pills. Wow, party. Harrell refused to give a blood sample, allegedly telling officers that he was afraid it would show narcotics. But, hey that’s what court orders are for. And that’s why he has a charge for violation of the implied consent law, also known as the Tennessee Chemical Test Refusal Charge.
This wasn’t Harrell’s first time behind bars. In 2012 he was arrested for DUI after crashing into another car, and in 1999 for public intoxication.
After bonding out on April 23, Harrell checked immediately into rehab, and 3 Doors Down canceled the remaining four of their shows in April and May.
out of respect for the victim.
3 Doors Down was a replacement for Carly Rae Jepsen and Train who canceled planned appearances at the Jamboree over the BSA’s exclusion of gay Scouts and Scout leaders. In February, Train condemned the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy, saying they would not participate in the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree unless the organization ended its national gay ban. A week later, after more than 62,000 people signed onto gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance’s Change.org petition urging Jepsen to denounce the Boy Scouts of America’s national ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders, the “Call Me Maybe” singer issued a statement over Twitter saying that she too would not perform because of the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policy. She tweeted:
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.
In May, BSA’s National Council voted to allow gay boys to participate in Scouting while keeping a ban on gay adults. The policy change is effective next January.
Apparently there is no ban against allowing the delicate psyches of Boy Scouts to watch a performance by a man charged with
vehicular homicide by intoxication, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law and possession of contraband
who is out on bail awaiting trial.