A BSA spokesman told Fox News that the organization found out two months ago that the president would not be able to attend.
“It just depends on his schedule,” Deron Smith said, adding that “there’s always a spot” available for the president during the Jamboree. Obama also serves as honorary president of the organization.
The White House also told Fox in an e-mail that fundraisers prevented Obama’s attendance, not “The View” taping.
“We were always going to be out of town that day,” Communications Ditector Dan Pfeiffer said. “It was never cancelled.”
The jamboree is hosted every four years and the last three presidents made it to one in person.
The Boy Scouts released a statement that noted Obama has hosted groups twice at the White House before, Fox reported.
“We thank the president for his effort to recognize scouting and look forward to working with his administration as we work toward accomplishing our mission of preparing young people to become exceptional adults,” the group said.