Safety Concerns Cause U.S. Scouts to Ban Activities at Jamboree
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ American Boy Scouts have been forbidden from taking part in several sports at the 17th World Scout Jamboree because of safety concerns, scouts and officials said Saturday.
The 800 U.S. Scouts cannot participate in paragliding, ultralight airplane flights, hot air balloon rides or scuba diving, officials said. They also have been advised against skateboarding.
″It’s really a letdown,″ said Scott Connor, 16, of Mukwonago, Wis. ″These things were in the brochures and the videos we saw before we came. Now they’re not allowing us to do them. Guys are disappointed.″
The decision was made after American advisers ruled that organizers of the activities appeared unpreprared or that participants would not be issued adequate safety equipment, said Paul Smith, a Scout official reached by telephone at the jamboree site in the Sorak Mountains, 155 miles east of Seoul.
About 20,000 Scouts from 129 nations are to attend the three-day jamboree, which officially begins Friday.