We’ve only joust begun (‘Are You Tougher?’ Episode 1 Recap)

Who’d win in a Boy Scout Handbook-inspired battle between current Scouts and adults who didn’t quite make Eagle as boys?

Tonight, we finally discovered the winner — well, of Round One, at least. The season premiere of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? on the National Geographic Channel was my first time seeing the show I’ve been hearing about since January 2012, so my expectations were high.

How was the show? What was the format? And did the Scouts or adults prevail in the first episode? You’ll have to read on to find out…

Spoiler alert: This recap will include details that reveal who won the competitions in this week’s episode. Don’t read on if you haven’t seen Episode 1 and want to be surprised by the results. 

The show takes us to Camp Whitsett in the beautiful Sequoia National Forest. For each episode, three Scouts are chosen from a rotating cast of Scouting stars — the best of the best — to go up against three adults who were previously in Scouting and are now out to prove a thing or two. Scouts not competing in a particular episode stand on the sidelines for moral support.

The episode started by introducing us to Dan, a 30-year-old telecommunications specialist looking to prove he’s just as good at outdoors skills as his two brothers who are Eagle Scouts. Dan dropped out as a Star Scout.

Then there was John, a 43-year-old who works in software security, whose aim is to show his soon-to-be Eagle Scout sons that “Dad can keep going with them and do all the things they can do.”

Finally we met Mark, a 45-year-old drama teacher whose Scouting career ended when his troop folded. The adult trio quickly elected the outspoken Mark their patrol leader. Baden-Powell may not approve of a three-person patrol, but these adults didn’t have much say in the matter.

Representing the Scouts in this episode were Keegan (aka “Yeti”), Michael (“Hitch”), and Rob (“Robin Hood”), three teens who came off as well-spoken and knowledgable about Scouting — no surprise they were among the Scouts chosen by producers to represent the program’s best.

First Challenge: Boy Scout Scavenger Hunt

tougher-e01-2A three-part challenge tested the teams’ abilities in three popular merit badges: Orienteering, Climbing, and Lifesaving.

Right away I noticed just how deeply it appears the merit badge program will be incorporated into the show. That’s a nice way to tell the uninitiated viewer what his or her son might get out of the program. The implication is that there’s a merit badge for just about everything — which isn’t too far from the truth.

Along those lines, the show includes little educational nuggets during each challenge. Remember that show Pop Up Video on VH1? Tougher uses a similar approach, replacing random facts about a music video with tidbits ripped from the pages of the Boy Scout Handbook, such as the three stages of a canoe stroke (catch, power, recovery).

The first challenge had three parts that both teams completed in a different order: a lifesaving task where one member tossed a ring onto the lake to collect floating boxes; a slingshot activity, which required a teammate to knock three cans off their stumps; and a simple rope climb up a boulder.

Rob, a lifeguard, took over the lifesaving task for the Scouts. And though he lost the rope attached to the buoy once — not good when you’re in a real rescue but fine in a reality show — he got the job done quickly.

Meanwhile, back at the adults, John was proving he was no Bart Simpson with a slingshot, needing every last “bullet” to finally knock off all three cans. Though they showed some frustration, the adults were generally supportive of one another during the task.

But the real teamwork came from the Scouts. During Michael’s turn with the slingshot, Rob offered some worthwhile aiming tips — I guess “Robin Hood” isn’t just good with a bow and arrow.

The adults advanced to the climbing wall, a task that took almost no time, thanks to Mark. Keegan scaled the wall with ease for the Scouts, helping give them a small cushion entering the pioneering finale, which tested the teams’ skills tying square lashings to build a gateway.

The lead was too much for the adults to overcome, and the Scouts won the first challenge.

At the adults’ campfire later, fingers were pointed. It was a grown-up version of “thorns and roses” but with few roses being tossed around. As the patrol leader, Mark took much of the blame from his teammates.

But when it was time for the Scouts to pick someone to send home, they chose John, telling him, “I’m sorry, you are not tougher than a Boy Scout.” John handled the elimination well, shaking the Scouts’ hands and leaving with a positive attitude.

Second Challenge: Canoe Wars

tougher-e01-3If Michael and Keegan were the Harlem Globetrotters, adults Dan and Mark were the Washington Generals.

Yes, this Canoe War wasn’t even close. 

Here’s how it worked: The teams of two participated in three events, each involving paddling their aluminum canoes around Lake Ida.

They started with a quarter-mile race, continued with a tug of war, and finished with a canoe jousting event that surely raised the blood pressure of a few health and safety guys out there.

The Scouts won the quarter-mile race with ease, and Dan even suggested to Mark near the end that they stop and conserve their energy for the next round.

That might’ve been smart, because Michael and Keegan dominated the canoe tug of war, a neat event that’s exactly what you would imagine it to be. The canoes’ sterns were tied together, and the first team to drag their opponents over a predetermined line won.

The event looked frustrating and tiring, but the Scouts worked well together, stayed positive, and dragged the adults “out to sea.”

Finally, canoe jousting. Like the adults on the show, I had never heard of this activity before. Basically, the person in the bow trades his paddle for a padded stick and tries to knock his opponent into the water. The adults managed one knockdown, but it wasn’t enough.

“Exhaustion set in,” Dan said. “The Scouts had so much more endurance than we did.”

During their fireside chat that night, the Scouts discussed hearing Dan give up during the canoe race, and that didn’t sit well with them. Dan was eliminated.

He, too, stayed upbeat, saying “It’s not always about getting the Eagle. It’s about doing your best. … I’m going to go back to my roots and go back my camping ways.”

Third Challenge: Wilderness Survival

Mark, the drama teacher, stayed in the show for the third and final act. And he said he earned the Wilderness Survival merit badge when he was a Scout, making the “Toyota Wilderness Challenge” perfectly suited for him.

And for me, as the viewer, because Wilderness Survival was one of my favorite merit badges from when I was a Scout.

Keegan (“Yeti”) was tapped for this one, which asked participants to show off their skills in the wild without most of their gear — and, for some reason, without their shirts.

Sure, wilderness survival in real life isn’t exactly a race, but it was fun to see these guys out on their own and imagine what was going through their minds as they built a lean-to, started a fire, and covered themselves with mud.

Oh, and this wouldn’t be a reality show without someone eating bugs. So Keegan and Mark ate wilderness survival rations: a worm, grub, and grasshopper. The graphic helpfully told us that insects have more protein than beef. Good to know, but I’ll stick with a cheeseburger, thanks.

Mark wasn’t fazed. “Just like mother used to make,” he said, downing his entire insect assortment like Pumbaa in The Lion King.

Then the guys made spears out of a long piece of wood, Mark hacking at his and Keegan calmly whittling.

But when it came time for the final task: tossing their spears into a target, it was Mark who prevailed. Tired, covered in mud, and grinning, he screamed “I am tougher than a Boy Scout!”

Nicely done. But equally impressive was the fact that the first person clapping and patting Mark on the back was Keegan. A true Scout knows how to win and lose.

The Scouts gave Mark a nice knife engraved with “Prepared. For Life.” Mark, a fourth-generation Scout, said he will pass on that knife to the next generation when the time comes.

“I know now I could’ve made the rank of Eagle,” he said. “I can close the chapter on that one.”

Try in Your Troop

Quite a few of the challenges translated perfectly to a troop or crew campout.

Which have you tried in your troop? Which do you think your Scouts would want to try? I think the first challenge — an orienteering course with three stations along the way, each providing puzzle pieces to bring to a big finale, would fit perfectly at a troop or district event.

A group of four or five Scouts could compete against their assistant Scoutmasters in a similar course. Seems like a nice way to bring friendly competition to your guys.

Stray Observations

  • I thought the show’s intro presented a nice blend of nostalgia (what other people think Scouts do) and images of “the next generation of Scouts” (what Scouts really do). Sort of a nod to the BSA’s 100th Anniversary theme from 2010, “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.”
  • We didn’t really learn what would have happened if the Scouts had actually lost the first or second challenge. The Scouts don’t get sent home, I presume, so it’ll be interesting to find this out in future episodes.
  • Gotta love the adults chanting, “Old men, old men, gonna be a Scout again” without any shame.
  • I thought the graphics were very polished, and the imagery that was consistent with the current version of the Boy Scout Handbook was a nice touch.
  • Loved Keegan’s line when he chose not to do the slingshot challenge: “I’m kinda like a hippie, and hippies don’t shoot stuff.”
  • Note to self: Mud is the ultimate sunscreen and insect repellant. I’ll never spend money on Banana Boat and Off! again.

Next episode

The next episode, titled “Ninja Scouts,” airs at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central on Monday, March 11, on the National Geographic Channel.

Online viewing options

National Geographic Channel is working on a variety of options for online viewing, but none is live yet. I’ll post more information as soon as I get it.

Photographs from National Geographic Channels

49 thoughts on “We’ve only joust begun (‘Are You Tougher?’ Episode 1 Recap)

      • Thanks Bryan! We’ve been looking for it streaming online, but it seems like the only sites that have it are bootleg… Hope we’ll be able to watch it legally soon!

    • Don’t bother… This show is absolutely horrible! Not only are the competitions boring, the contestants or “reality stars” are extremely annoying (primarily the adults). The show puts in a lot of music to try and hype up the action but in reality, it is nothing more than pathetic games which, if you aren’t participating, then it’s really boring to watch… I only stumbled upon this show as my 12 yr old son is a boy scout so I wanted to be more involved. But this show is just bad entertainment. I rather be camping and enjoying the outdoors in “real-life” than let him watch this crap.

  1. Is Canoe Jousting permitted under G2SS? Why hook on to belay when no one is on the other end? Otherwise, we enjoyed the show very much, and looking forward to next week’s episode.

      • The one guy was getting tangled in his sagging belay line. I saw a lot of problems from a safety point of view

    • Yeah, I was wondering about the same thing. They could have spent maybe 5 seconds explaining the protection from falling during the rock climbing segment. But it was a fun program.

    • Yes, as a climber I was annoyed that the belay line was totally slack! That’s not how they teach at BSA Climbing Instructor training!

  2. I would have like to have seen a little more of are you smarter than a Boy Scout. A 17 year old vs. a 45 year old does not seem quite fair in these test tonight. I hope in future episode, we see more problem solving challenges, using the patrol method. All in all, it was a good show.

  3. Bryan,

    Any way to get the draft requirements for the Sustainability MB. We are offering it in Kathmandu on August 2, 2013, and need to do some planning. Thanks.

    Dennis Bishop SM- Troop 1 (HK)

  4. Although it was entertaining – there are some red flags. There is no way my Scouts are headed to summer camp to act like that – running around shirtless (even adults), covered in a layer of mud (was a little over the top), carrying a knife that will get them in SO much trouble, knocking people out of canoes, improper climbing, throwing spears, ignoring LNT completely, and as a friend texted me ‘when did BSA mean Lord of the Flies? Might not be tv-cool, but where is the leadership?’ I know its no going to be cool to say it – but everyone knows BSA is outdoors – your marketing message is loud and clear. But what about the aspects of the program that we are trying so hard to show – that there is decision making skills and leadership? Why aren’t they competing on these topics – instead of just a few lines around a campfire? One friend called me and said ‘why is BSA just trying to look like its for outdoor sports junkies – how will any of this stuff help them make a positive difference in their community?’
    Its fun – but I hope the messaging improves!

      • I didn’t like the “elimination” either. One of my favorite sayings about scouts is “Nobody sits on the bench in boy scouts”

        If I wanted my kids to learn about waiting and taking turns, I would have had them play baseball. (But they are excellent cafeteria skills.)

  5. Okay so I’ll admit it I’m torn. I liked certain aspects of the show but I think in the end I hated a lot more than I liked. I know what I”m about to type will sound like a negative gripe but please bear with me as I go over the things I didn’t care for and try to balance with the things I did.

    First off the show didn’t really explain / set up the rules / scenario that well. On one side we have 5 scouts vs 3 adults? This strikes me as odd because while they do limit the number of scouts to the number of adults competing it seems unfair to not have an even pool of candidates on both sides and gives the youth side a bigger advantage.

    Not only that but we really don’t get that much chance to get to know any of them. In a reality show if you can’t connect with the people and identify with some aspect of them than it becomes meaningless when you see them leave. Also that ” you’ve been voted off” aspect of the show really sours me to the show. This seems to be nothing more than a boy scout themed survivor but without the long lasting connections with the competitors. I think it places the wrong values forward. Instead of “whittling down the weak” the show should have been set up to rewards teamwork and encourage the patrol method. Instead of weakest linking people handicap the group in the next challenge or give advantage to the winners. That way it encourages teams to strengthen up instead of whine about what each other did wrong.

    I wish there had been more on screen learning. Watching people do things wrong it would have been better if there was some sort of instructions pop up bubble or something educating non-scouters as to what was going on screen. For instance when the adult was competing in the fire starter challenge go over what they were looking for / what he could be doing better. Not sure if it would fit but I think the present format just didn’t work all that well other than to aggravate me to yell at the screen your doing it wrong. In my opinion we should be putting forth the effort to show how scouts teaches these skills and practical uses when they might come in handy. I know they voice-overs they did started to do that but it just didn’t seem enough or rather it didn’t seem educational to me instead it seemed more like trash-talk.

    I think that’s all my thoughts for now. I”m sure I have more I want to talk about but it’s late and I want to digest some more on my thoughts. I know I talked a lot about negative points let me throw out what I did like as well.

    The diversity of what they showed as scouting skills was good. Above all else I think we need to put for a positive image of what scouting teaches and opportunities it gives you growing up. I just wish they’d put more focus on the team building / problem solving rather than the I’ve got a chip on my shoulder I’m hear to prove I’m Eagle material.

    • Thanks for these comments. To your point about it being five Scouts vs. three adults, that’s not exactly true.

      For each episode, only three Scouts are selected from the pool of Scouts appearing on screen. You’ll notice that Keegan competed in all three tasks, Michael competed in two, and Rob competed in one. The other Scouts were there for moral support — cheering everyone on from the sidelines — and I suspect we’ll see them competing in future episodes.

    • Also, why did the Scouts vote the adults off? The Scouts didn’t witness the adults’ performance, so how to they know who to boot?

      Also, I wish the show created Scout/adult pairs. Would have been better to see the adult learn from the Scout and vice versa.

  6. Bit of a let down. Thought some of the events would be fun, but not sure all would be actually allowed in a normal scout setting. Would agree with some of the earlier comments, especially the ones about leadership, LNT, and getting to “know” the candidates. While understand that large knives are not officially banned, few units would allow them, even discouraging adults having them in a scout setting. The compasses used are not the type we recommend to scouts; it is the basic Silva, and taking a bearing is not simply pointing the compass in the general direction and running that way. Still, will watch again next week if possible.

  7. It seemed contrived and a lttle lop-sided. Should they narrow down the field on the Scout side each time as well to better suited for real one on one competition?

  8. My Son (Life Scout) and I enjoyed the show. My wife stated that a couple of times she got chills. What I took away from the show is that it is directed towards adults that want to relive their Scouting days and towards youth that always wanted to see what Boy Scouts are “somewhat” about. Nice marketing.
    The one negative I recognized is that the winner actually believed, or led us to believe, that since he covered himself in mud, could barely get a fire going, and could climb a rock…he was equal to an Eagle Scout. As we all know there is so much more to it than that.
    Overall…it is scheduled on my DVR and I look forward to spending time with my family watching the show.
    A year ago my Troop put together a similar program “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout”. We teamed up Scouts with their Dad and ran them through a series of challenges as teams…up against other teams. It was great to see Dads involved and seeing that their son could tie knots, set up a camp stove and melt a piece of ice, navigate with a compass, etc.
    Prepared for Life.

  9. I enjoyed the show and plan on sharing it with my Tigers and their parents as a way to give them a glimpse of the skills they will obtain later in their Scouting career. I think the show did a good job of balancing the skills of a Scout with a reality show time limit. Could it have been a 3 hour show with all the nuances of LNT and such, sure, but I don’t believe it’s possible to put everything thing there is about Scouting in an hour episode. I’m very glad to see this show bring a glimpse of Scouting to the general public. I’ll be very interested to see how the boys in the Pack react to it.

  10. There was more than one “discrepancy’ in the show, from both contestants using Discouraged Sheath Knives to make spears to a sagging belay line. What I do not understand is why the adult contestants would think that winning these few “party games” would equal the attainment of the Eagle rank as a youth? I wear my Eagle knot with pride and have since 1981. My Grandfather and father earned theirs prior to becoming Scoutmasters. My son is diligently working on his. It took more than a good J-Stroke or learning to wrap and frap a square lashing alone to earn Eagle.
    But I won’t try to be the Scouting Police for the show. I appreciate the producers and NatGeo bringing the adventure of Scouting into the public eye in such a positive manner. I went to the local Middle Schools last week with flyers that I printed, video trailers on DVD and asked that they distribute the info to their student bodies so that our local Central Florida Troops in this area might be able to receive some new Scouts and afford them the Adventure. Until now, all that I had were two DVDs of Scouting for Adventure, Scout Camp The Movie, and Follow Me Boys. Show the public Philmont, the Northern Tier, The Summit, Seabase! Get our country and it’s 11-17 year old boys and their parents in love with the BSA again!

  11. Came home from our Bear Den meeting (I am the Den Leader) with my grandson (the Bear) and we watched it. We both loved it. Lots of fun. So glad to see this on.

  12. I am a mom of an Eagle and a Star Scout and the wife of an Assistant Scoutmaster that looked forward to watching last night’s premier. We watched together and these are my thoughts. I personally did not like eliminating of each adult by the scouts, would have preferred that the adult patrol continue to work together to find their strengths and weaknesses and therefore would have demonstrated the leadership and management skills an Eagle must demonstrate. The scouts that made the decision were not on hand to witness the performances of the adults to judge.

    I too, objected to the adults thinking that completing these challenges was worthy of the rank of Eagle.

    I do believe that this show can help increase the awareness of Boy Scouting in our media driven world. I hope that the challenges become vaired and also demonstrate the extremely varied world of Boy Scouting. We all know that each scout goes through the program differently and garners different specialties and skills.

  13. Quit picking the show apart. Yes, they did take some of our safety guidelines and rules to the extreme. I am just glad that there was finally a show at that showed the boy scouts in a positive light with all the negative publicity we have been getting lately

  14. Re: Canoe Jousting…

    The show gets its inspiration from a variety of current and historic Scouting activities, including the various Boy Scout handbooks published over our 103-year history. Canoe Jousting is one of dozens of activities listed in the 1921 edition of Scouting Games by Sir Robert Baden Powell.

  15. OK, here’s my take. I watched it with my 9-year-old Bear Cub Scout and 11-year-old brand-new Boy Scout. We all enjoyed it, although it helped to have TiVo to speed through some of the angst about who’d get voted back home.

    The competitions were fun – especially the canoeing tug of war, and the slingshot section.

    Obviously a lot of the contests – spear throwing, maniacally fast whittling with gigantic Bowie knives, eating worms and grubs, running around shirtless, climbing with no apparent belaying – won’t be kosher (let alone required) at your average summer camp. But I think our kids are smart enough to realize that there’s oh, just a wee bit of hype going on here.

    As for throwing spears, hey, our kids can throw tomahawks at Cub Scout summer camp (under strict supervision, of course). And some of the food we eat at camp ranks right up there with grubs and worms. (Just kidding.)

    As an adult, I was a little put off with the adult competitors and their whining seriousness, especially the drama teacher who seemed to be taking this WAY too seriously. All this “I was dissed as a child because I didn’t get Eagle, and now I’m here 20 years later in a belated rite of manhood” seemed a little too much.) I thought the drama teacher was going to break down and cry a couple of times. But he was also a good sport – especially in running around shirtless with average 43-year-old desk job male flab. Despite his less than finely honed physique, he obviously stayed in good shape and that’s a good lesson right there.

    The host was good but a non-entity. Why is he there? Is he a former Scout? Is he an instructor? He was probably introduced but I missed it. (Then again, why is the “Biggest Loser” M.C. there?)

    One thing I couldn’t quite get was how the Scouts were voting the adults off: they seemed to be voting off the weakest competitor, yet the cutthroat in me would want to vote off the strongest of my opponents! But I guess Scouts are better at sportsmanship than the competitors in “Survivor.”

    I think a future episode could do well with one or two really tough women competing against the Boy Scouts.

    All in all: we liked it and will enjoy watching it again! Six thumbs up!

  16. We ALL should be VERY THANKFULL that the BSA is finaly on public television. Its a bout time we start putting the BSA in the news. We all know how great the scouting movment is so lets stop complaining about the show and commend those involved on a great job. There is allways room for improvment. Lets see how they do.

    • Public Television??? Since when did PBS buy-out National Geographic Channel? 🙂

      I have no opinion as I can’t watch it with my antenna with which I only get PBS.

      • That was my point — Nat Geo is not public TV. While they are a non profit, they do need to sell ads to generate revenue, and that’s where the sensationalism comes in. I hasten to use the word “exploitation,” but at the end of the day, that’s really what it is. Not to say there’s zero benefit to us — there is. But before we pull this Trojan Horse into our city, we need to be cognizant of the motives of the Greeks in constructing this beautiful gift. Take it for its entertainment value and be ready to fend off misperceptions about scouting and the value of Eagle as long as idiots like mr. flabby drama teacher throws a spear and proclaims to millions of American viewers that he’s got what it takes to be one. I’m sorry, I just can’t see how this helps us.

  17. I watched this with two of my grandsons (a Webelos and a Bear), and both were pumped up and raring to get into the action. If this is to be a recruiting tool, I think it does the job well. Some of the scout skills, like canoe strokes, fire building and the ring toss could have been a little better polished, but the kids don’t care.

  18. I personally liked the longhaired, full bodied, Eagle that was applying for the Tarzan movies. (A typical Boy Scout??? I don’t think so) Maybe “Are you tougher than an Exporer Scout” and I could handle it.

    I quite simply couldn’t handle the PC (more stuff on the white adult male baffoonery) and couldn’t get a grip on what they were trying to sell. If you just wanted to watch something because you had time on your hands “have at it”. Without boring people to death, how can you sell the long term “weaving and development” and “end result” of an Eagle Scout? (This doesn’t include taking our clothes off with the Scouts and expressing our physical prowess)

    I assure you, in the sharing of all of the talents of an Eagle, the adults wouldn’t stand a chance and the show would be unsaleable. I must admit (I’m gun-shy) that I simply don’t trust this presentation. (Maybe for the Cubbies, it’s okay)

    The “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” format would beat the adults even worse but that wouldn’t sell either and couldn’t accomplish what they are after, whatever that may be. The show was over the top and unreal (I’ll still give it a chance, if the show lasts, maybe I’m way off)

    I would rather the “TV people” leave us alone, though.

  19. I had concerns about the program before it even aired. My point was in fact about the title itself — “Tougher” than a boy scout. Thus the premise of the show is about, well, toughness. My point is that this is not necessarily the ONE attribute I think we should all hang our hats on and say “yay, finally there’s a TV show about us,” any more than we would if the show were called, “Are you more [clean, cheerful, loyal, friendly, or reverent] than a boy scout?” — At least those attributes are part of the scout law, which “Toughness” is not. There are 12 attributes of the scout law, not just one, and my point is that these other attributes will not likely come through on the reality show. How would one even “compete” with a boy scout on something like “friendly” in the first place (or many/most of the attributes of the scout law). My other point is that the TV channel is not motivated one iota by scouting’s goals and objectives — not one. They have their own mission, with no affiliation with BSA, so we need to be cognizant of this at all times. The show may have some entertainment value, and I agree with the previous comments about putting scouting in “some” positive light. However, if recruiting jumps through the roof and attracts a whole group of boys expecting their scouting experience to be just like what they saw on a TV show, we’ve set the wrong expectation. Conversely, if parents don’t sign up their boy because they think this is ALL scouting is about (without much awareness about all that other scout law stuff), they may be equally misled. Admittedly, I’m a marketing guy by profession so I think about messaging and positioning of products all day long, and if I were the brand manager for BSA, I’d have some real issues with how the show is portraying all that we work so hard to teach and reinforce, which doesn’t, and probably won’t, come through on the program — which was mentioned several times above, just doesn’t make good television. I’m also a competitive sailor, and can also tell you that sailboat races are amazing when you’re in them, and boring as hell to watch on TV. We’re all on the inside of scouting, so we know what it’s about. But anyone who watches the program from outside our organization can’t possibly get an accurate perspective of what scouting is all about. I’ll leave it at that.

  20. Pity we aren’t getting it here in Australia. As a scout leader it would be great to watch

  21. Nope. I wasn’t too impressed. I enjoyed seeing Camp Whitsett, my favorite scout camp. I enjoyed watching some of the games. But the adult who “won” acted like a fool the entire show. He kept saying that he was going to prove he could have been an Eagle Scout. The “skills” on the show had nothing to do with being an Eagle. I was afraid that this show was going to be another lame reality show. I’m thinking that sadly I might be right. I watch show #1; still debating if #2 will get a change.

  22. Dissapointed adults were trying to prove they could have been an eagle scout if they won. No if you won you would not prove that. You only get one chance to be an eagle scout. You get one chance. once you are 18 the chance is over.

    • I agree, spending a weekend filming a sixty minute show is in no way equivalent to learning the skills necessary to become an Eagle Scout. The challenges shown were barely tougher than a well planned Klondike Derby.

  23. Can I just say – I don’t care what everyone’s take is? I don’t care that you spend more time picking it apart than you do using it as what its intended purpose is:


    If you need ideas – you now have a platform that you can see how they are done versus attempting to figure them out yourselves. The intended group for this show is your 11-15 year olds who need an alternative to sitting on a sofa getting Carpal Tunnel from their games.

    Think about what this show is doing to those who do not have any Scouting experience. Now think about how this show can be used to increase your programs appeal.

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