Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? - Daily Hudson Valley News

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Mar 5th, 2013 | By | Category: General Interest

IT’S MAN V SCOUT AS LIFE EXPERIENCE TAKES ON SCOUT EXPERIENCE IN NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL SERIES

New Episodes of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Air Mondays at 8 PM ET/PT

The Boy Scouts live and breathe their motto: Prepared. For Life.® They are strong, resourceful and self-reliant. Honest, helpful and brave. They are downright tough. Would you be able to reach into a bag of snakes, shimmy across a rope stretched over river rapids, canoe across a lake without a paddle and rescue an injured hiker?

From Emmy award–winning Original Productions (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers) comes National Geographic Channel’s new series Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? On the show, which airs on Mondays at 8 PM ET/PT and is hosted by ex-Army Ranger Charles Ingram, adult “civilians” battle it out with scrappy Scouts in a series of challenges — all based on the Boy Scouts’ 100-year-old handbook — designed to test their physical and mental stamina to determine if these adults have what it takes to earn their own “merit badge.”

“For those in our community that may know little or nothing about Scouting, this show will give them a glimpse of the amazing things Scouts do,” said Hudson Valley Council Scout Executive David Horton “If you think Scouting is all about what you’ve seen in a Norman Rockwell painting, I hope you watch the show to see what Scouting is really like in 2013.”
“Scouting is a life-long adventure, and this show highlights an exciting part of that journey,” said Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock. “Whether you’re cheering for the Scouts or hoping the adults have what it takes to win, your whole family is going to enjoy watching the fun challenges; seeing the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle; and learning a little more about the outdoor skills taught in Scouting.”

Each week, an elite team of Scouts from across the country gathers in the Sequoia National Forest to take on three new (and brave) adults in a battle of brains and brawn. From a software engineer with no Scouting experience, to a real estate agent who was kicked out of the Scouts at age 7, to an entrepreneur with two sons — these adults are from all walks of life, with all levels of experience. Along the way, they’ll be taught some tough lessons and sometimes pushed beyond their mental and physical limits. But, in the end, these men will know the answer to the question, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Before the adults can go up against the Scouts on their own, they must prove their worth through a series of grueling, merit badge–based challenges. Whether crossing a gorge on a commando line, finding their way alone in the woods during an orienting challenge, administering first aid to an injured hiker or feeding breakfast to a group of hungry Cub Scouts, each challenge reinforces valuable Scouting skills. But for these adults, the rigorous competition can be a hard-hitting reality check. Tough days and even tougher nights mean that they must constantly be ready for the unexpected.

And the grown-ups are left to question: how much do they really know about surviving in the wilderness? How far can their life experience really get them?

As the Scouts evaluate each adult’s physical endurance, strength, agility and smarts, the adults are gradually eliminated until only one man is left standing. The worthy opponent will go on to challenge the Scouts in one final test to finally learn if he is truly Tougher Than a Boy Scout.

More information on the series, including video, photos and episode info, is available at www.natgeotv.com/boyscouts.
More information about joining Scouting in the Hudson Valley Council can be found at www.beascout.org.

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