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

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