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?
New series Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? premieres tonight, March 4, at 8 p.m. 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.”
Each week, an elite team of Scouts from across the country, ranging from Webelos Scouts to Eagle Scouts, gather in the Sequoia National Forest to take on three new (and brave) adults in a battle of brains and brawn.
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.
Tonight at 9P on Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?: Canoe Jousting The Scouts are at Sequoia National Forest to face three new competitors who are all looking to recapture their Scouting glory: Dan wants to prove to his two Eagle Scout brothers that he could have been one, too; John, a single dad, wants to show to his soon-to-be Eagle Scout sons that he can participate in their activities; and Mark wants to chase his childhood dream to be a Scout. Their first challenge, The Boy Scout scavenger hunt, tests the merit badge skills for orienteering, climbing and lifesaving. Compass in hand, the pressure mounts for the adult team as they struggle to find the right direction to head in, giving an easy lead to the Scouts. At the end of the challenge, the Scouts must cast their vote on who will be the one to abandon his boyhood dream and be sent home. Next, in the Canoe Wars challenge, the contestants compete in a series of canoe-based contests: a race, a tug-o-war and a joust. After a hard-fought battle to win, the final wilderness challenge puts the last adult contestant through a series of trail competitions. Armed only with the bare essentials — a flint striker, a knife and a blanket — and being pushed to his physical limits, will he be determined enough to prove that he is Tougher Than a Boy Scout?
Tune in to Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?: Canoe Jousting tonight at 8P!