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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.


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills Courses

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, a.k.a. “OLS”, is a hands-on introductory training to provide the Outdoor Leader Skills that gives adult leaders practical knowledge setting up a campsite, pitching a tent, hiking, outdoor cooking and all the skills necessary to see the outdoor program of BSA come to life. The course follows the Boy Scout Handbook to ensure new leaders are proficient in the basic outdoor skills through First Class rank.  Participants gain comfort knowing they can show their Scouts how to accomplish outdoor skills while fulfilling rank requirements, as well as how to plan and carry out campouts and other exciting troop activities.

The AHG-BSA Memorandum of Mutual Support establishes the framework for AHG Leaders and volunteers to attend BSA training, but you may be the first AHG representative a particular Training Chair has encountered. Please make every effort to demonstrate AHG’s values to those you speak with, and make the first impression a very positive one.

Contact the District Training Chair for the course you are interested in for registration details.

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills 1/5 – 1/6 2013 Camp Naish 1100 Martinek Lane, Kansas City, KS Kaw District
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills 4/12 – 4/13 2013 6pm Fri – 4pm Sat American Legion Farm 499 Legion Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64014 Blue Elk District
Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills 10/11 – 10/12 2013 6pm Fri – 4pm Sat American Legion Farm 499 Legion Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64014 Blue Elk District

Ambassador to Boy Scout Council (ABC) Inaugural Class

Congratulations to the following AHG volunteers who have been selected to serve as the Ambassador to Boy Scout Council (ABC) in their area. The ABC is the liaison between the AHG Troops in their area and their local BSA Council. This position includes developing and fostering a relationship with the local BSA Council professional staff and volunteers,
communicating to local Troops about trainings, facilities use, mutual service activities and raising the profile and impact of AHG within the BSA council area.

Larry Carroll, Jr.: North Carolina, Occoneeche Council
Dennis Clark: Connecticut, Connecticut Rivers Council
Jacqui Coleman: Florida, North Florida Council
Jeffrey Davis: Ohio, Tecumseh Council
Luanne Dietz: Ohio, Dan Beard Council
Maria Esquela: Maryland, Baltimore Council
Lauren Huelsman: Arizona, Catalina Council
Carmen Maker: Louisiana, Norwela Council
Thomas McFadden: Florida, Central Florida Council
Sonja Myers: Virginia, Heart of Virginia Council
Dawn Norris: West Virginia, Buckskin Council
Lynn Sanders: Texas, Longhorn Council
Todd Skiles: Virginia, National Capital Council
Annie Slagboom: California, Ventura County Council
Beth Uchaker: Arizona, Grand Canyon Council

To learn more about this position, visit www.ahgonline.org/areas

University of Scouting

We’re excited to discover that BSA’s Circle 10 Council (Dallas, TX) is offering no less than FIVE AHG-specific courses at their upcoming University of Scouting (College of Venturing). Did you know that AHG volunteers in the KC area are welcome to attend Heart of America Council’s University this coming weekend? There aren’t any AHG courses this year, but that could be a goal for next year… what sort of classes would interest you? http://www.c10univ.org/files/2013_UOS_Course_Catalog.pdf