Twice as tough: ‘Are You Tougher?’ ends season with back-to-back new episodes

What’s better than a new episode of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

Two new episodes, of course. And that’s just what we’re getting as the Tougher season comes to a close Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. (7 Central) on the National Geographic Channel.

So far we’ve been given almost all the canoe-jousting, victim-rescuing, snake-identifying, bridge-rappelling, river-rafting, Scout Spirit-demonstrating, rope-lashing, and orienteering action viewers can handle. I said almost.

Monday’s back-to-back episodes are the final two chances for the adult wannabes to improve their record against some of Scouting’s best young men. So far, not so good. After four episodes, each with three challenges, the score is Scouts 9, adults 3.

And judging from the name of Monday’s first episode, “Face Plant,” something tells me the adults are in for a long, painful time that may hurt more than just their egos.

tougher-e05-tease-1Episode 5

In “Face Plant,” we’ll meet Rage and James, who both dropped out of Boy Scouts and are back to finish what they started; and Dave, an ex-soccer player who’s competing to honor his deceased father. The adults and Scouts will test their archery and rifle-shooting skills before an interesting-sounding “Boy Scout Quiz Show.”


tougher-e06-teaseIn the 9 p.m. (8 Central) episode, “Man vs. Scout,” the adult representatives are Gregg, competing to honor his father; Howard, who as a kid, was told that he couldn’t be a Scout; and Stev, who was kicked out of Scouts at age 7. I presume the adults will explain why they weren’t allowed in or were kicked out.

At some point, a challenge will take a dangerous turn, forcing the Scouts to choose between speed or safety.

I’ll be watching, beginning Monday at 8 p.m. (7 Central), and will post my complete recap after the show. (Speaking of, read my recaps of Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4.)

Make plans to tune in, especially to see what this “Face Plant” is all about.

Tell others about the show

Local Scouters and Scouts can help build buzz for the last two episodes of Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? through emails, Facebook posts, Twitter updates, Pinterest, or the old-fashioned way: word of mouth. You can check out the Are You Tougher? website ( to find show information and share Scouting photos on social media platforms.

Visit the Marketing Toolbox for a downloadable flier, postcard, poster, Web banners, and video clips of the exciting Tougher trailer to help build awareness for the show.

Online viewing options

Don’t get National Geographic Channel? Online viewing options aren’t yet available, but I’ll update Bryan on Scouting readers as soon as the episodes are posted online.

Photos from National Geographic Channel

10 thoughts on “Twice as tough: ‘Are You Tougher?’ ends season with back-to-back new episodes

  1. Did Nat’l Geographic ever make this available for viewing on the internet? My basic cable package doesn’t include NG, so I haven’t been able to view any of it.

  2. Season finale – does that mean that there will be a Season 2? I hope so – it’s the _only_ television show that I watch.

    It’s a good clean show that I can sit down and watch with my Tiger Scout son and my first year Boy Scout son and they both love it!

    It’s not perfect and could be improved (if the adults wina challenge why does one still get voted off??) but overall it’s very good in my opinion.

    • Thanks for the comments, Hugh. I’ve enjoyed it as well, but agree that there’s always room for improvement. (But what show out there is perfect?)

      If there’s another season or anything else to announce about the show, I’ll post something here as soon as I can.

  3. I just got around to watching last week’s last night – I agree with Hugh why does an adult still get voted off when they win? The video editing needs some work, one shot the guy has sweat/dirt all over his shirt, the next shot it’s gone and then it’s back again (sorry occupational hazard).

    The other issue I had with last week’s episode-when the adult was being helped by the medic for his heat inury the scouts were encouraged to keep going. Doesn’t show much concern or compassion for your fellow scout(er) to continue to play the challenge even when one of your opponents is injured – I’m glad the adults one that one.

    Keeping it in perspective as nothing but entertainment it’s a good way to fill 45 minutes on the DVR but I’m not overly impressed.

  4. Honestly, I’d really like to know how to join in for next season. I’m sure this gets asked a lot, but there’s got to be a way to at least attempt it, right?

    • bsa censorship as usual. An actual public discussion on the failings of bsa national is what this turned into.

  5. I wonder how staged it is???

    The first episode I saw featured two fat guys and a relatively in shape guy. Really???? is that the best you could find????

    Honestly other than physical fitness, a 17 year old should run a 30 year old into the ground, the boys should get their butts handed to them week after week.

    Why not put them against a couple of adventure racers and see how they do???? they would get destroyed…..

    Or how about a high school football team captain or wresting

  6. Was it just me, or did both of the final episodes seem to follow a similar pattern where the first adult voted off was not actually the one who seemed least likely to be tougher than a boy scout? Kinda seemed like they voted the “middle” guy off first in both episodes… weird.

    And it kinda seems like a more appropriate name for the show would be Are You Tougher Than A Whole Bunch of Boy Scouts? Because clearly the last guy isn’t competing against “a” Boy Scout… haha

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