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National Geographic Resists Calls to Place Disclaimer On `Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?’

This spring, the National Geographic Channel is set to debut a new reality competition series entitled “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?”. It will pit a team of young Eagle Scouts against a team of adult former Boy Scouts in a variety of skills challenges. It promises to be an adventure-packed show, and, we hope, a positive message for Scouting.

Unfortunately, certain groups that take exception to BSA’s policy of refusing membership to LGBT adults are attempting to use this new show to air their grievances. GLAAD has asked NatGeo to place a disclaimer on the show distancing itself from BSA’s stance. Change.org is circulating a petition that allows potential viewers to request much the same thing.

This week, National Geographic Channel released a statement that says in part:

“We certainly appreciate all points of view on the topic, but when people see our show, they will realize it has nothing to do with this debate [over the Boy Scouts’ LGBT policy], and is in fact a competition series between individual scouts and civilians.”

Although American Heritage Girls isn’t part of either the show or the debate, it is easy for those of us involved in AHG to see the parallels. The relationship between AHG and BSA is a close one, formalized by the signing of a Memorandum of Mutual Support in June 2009. We can all applaud NatGeo’s refusal to cater to those who would use the show to further their own point of view, and pray that the show would be a shining example of the benefits of Scouting for young people everywhere.

‘Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?’

Coming this spring to the National Geographic Channel is a new reality competition show that pits a select team of Eagle Scouts against a group of adult former scouts in a variety of high-adventure competitions.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is the brainchild of Thom Beers, the producer of such hit action-reality series as Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers, and himself a one-time Boy Scout. “I loved being a Boy Scout,” he recalls. “It was awesome. I was three merit badges short of being an Eagle Scout, and for 40 years this has bugged the heck out of me. It gnawed at me.”

This article from Scouting Magazine gives an exciting preview of the action to come — read it to see what is in store for viewers.

Why is this relevant to American Heritage Girls? For the taste of high adventure! Let the girls — and the leaders! — see what possibilities are out there for them. Outdoor adventures are great for motivating girls to remain active in the Troop as they enter the teen years, and outdoor activities help develop teamwork and confidence in girls of all ages.

AHG programming includes many high adventure options, and for the girl who really wants the challenge, the Venturing program from BSA is available for girls 9th grade and above.