"Anyone who is obese and has multiple risk factors for cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary disease would be at much greater risk of an acute cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary event imposed on them by the environmental stresses of the Summit," the facility's website states.
"Our goal is to prevent any serious health-related event from occurring, and ensuring that all of our participants and staff are 'physically strong.' "
The Jamboree will accept applications from those recommended for participation by their health care practitioner and having a BMI of 31.9 or less. The Jamboree also will uphold a decision by an applicant's personal health care practitioner to deny participation for medical reasons.
Applicants with a BMI greater than 31.9 but a recommendation of "no contraindications for participation" by their personal health care provider would not be guaranteed full jamboree participation. The Summit's medical staff would make the final decision.
West Virginia's Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be taking 144 Scouts to the Jamboree, and no physical problems have surfaced yet, said Jeff Purdy, the council's scout executive.
"Part of being a Boy Scout is being physically fit," he said. "It's in the Scout oath. Generally speaking, our Scouts are very active anyway.
"One of the main activities for us is using the outdoors for camping, hiking, swimming. Our Scouts are pretty healthy as far as participating outdoors."
All participants are required to submit their health forms by April 14 so the national organization can evaluate them.
The Boy Scouts provided information on the physical fitness requirements two years ago to give potential attendees an opportunity to prepare for the Jamboree in July.
Tico Perez, national commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America, has acted as a spokesman for this endeavor. He has lost more than 85 pounds since the initial announcement to meet the adventure requirements.
"The easiest and best thing to do is to take the time now," Perez says in a video on the website.
"I've made a personal commitment to get that BMI down below 32. I'm well on my way, but I've got a ways to go. I want you to join me. I want us to work together to be prepared for adventure."
The Boy Scouts of America also are addressing special needs at the Jamboree.
"Scouts with disabilities have always been able to attend BSA jamborees and are welcome to participate in a variety of activities at the Summit," Pritchard said.
"All of the activities in the Summit Center are wheelchair accessible as well as a few activities around the adventure areas."
The jamboree will be held July 15-24, and more than 50,000 scouts, volunteers and staff are expected to attend.
The 10,600-acre tract will remain the site of the jamboree in upcoming years, and the Boy Scouts of America have received commitments from donors in excess of $240 million for the area.