Snakes, ropes, and a race: It’s adults vs. Scouts in Round 4 of ‘Are You Tougher?

We’ve seen nine Scouts-vs.-adults challenges this season on Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, and the adults have lost all but two of them.

You could say it’s been one lashing after another.

But in Monday’s new episode, we’re in for a different kind of lashing — the diagonal, square, and round kind familiar to any Scout who’s earned Pioneering merit badge.

The Scouts should know the ropes, but how much will adults know about joining two poles together? Let’s find out together in the new episode, airing at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central on Monday on the National Geographic Channel.

We’ll see a fresh group of adults go toe-to-toe against three of the best-and-brightest Boy Scouts around. And, as the promo photo above indicates, we’ll see snakes. (Why did it have to be snakes?)

For the adults, we’ll meet Bill, who hopes to make his Scoutmaster dad proud; Paul, who is competing in memory of his grandfather, a former Scout; and Marc, a probation officer with no Scout experience.

The episode promises some start-to-finish action that will test the wits, endurance — and, yes, patience — of the Scouts and adults. After the Pioneering challenge, there’s a shooting competition followed by the final test: a one-on-one orienteering race where Scout Michael, who has impressed so far, runs into some trouble that could mean a rare loss for Team Scout.

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

Let’s see who’s really Tougher and who gets, uh, lashed.

Tell others about the show

Local Scouters and Scouts can help build buzz for tonight’s Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? episode via email, Facebook, Twitter, 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.

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