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IT’S ANOTHER 100-DEGREE, mid-June day in California’s Sequoia National Park, and it’s Day 1 of shooting challenges for National Geographic Channel’s new reality-competition series, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? Today’s challenge, set along Brush Creek, a


few miles from Camp Whitsett, pits three adult contestants against three Scouts. Each team rappels off a bridge into their respective white- water rafts, and then both teams push through Class III rapids to a distant finish line. It’s pretty much a dead heat after the rappel-


ling, though the Scouts would later note that they had, for safety’s sake, smaller ropes than the adults, which makes for a slower descent. Lee Torno, one of the adult contestants, plunges off the bridge, ebulliently shouting, “Sweeeeet! Geronimo!”—suggesting he’s more of a kid at heart than an actual grown-up. Once both teams are in their rafts, however,


it’s not even close. The Scouts—with Rio Gifford navigating and Mike Henderson and


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