Boy Scouts Take on Local Celebrities in Competition

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Titans football players and boy scouts compete in archery at "Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?" at S. T. Morrison Park in Coralville on April 27, 2013. The event put boy scouts and local celebrities against each other in competitions such as archery, sling shots, and fire starting.(Kaitlyn Bernauer/The Gazette-KCRG-TV9)

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CORALVILLE, Iowa – Local celebrities were pitted against several Boy Scout troops in a series of physical and mental events Saturday morning.

Around 75 people gathered in S.T. Morrison Park for “Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?” an event based off of the National Geographic television series. Many scouts and local community members could be found preparing for today’s activities, including fire-starting, slingshot, archery and a United States Capitol’s quiz.

Lucas Kowalski, 15, of Troop 120 from Solon, said he felt confident in fire building, but definitely not the Capitol’s quiz. Nearby, fellow troop member Matt Quinn, 16, said being a Boy Scout is “more common sense than physical.”

15-year-old Ben Brandauer of Troop 2000 had quite the supportive audience surrounding him at his first event of the day, the “slingshot-ery.” The goal was to use rocks and a slingshot to knock down 10 half-filled plastic bottles around 20 feet away.

“I just can’t see out of these goggles,” Brandauer said.

Several minutes later he knocked down two with one stone.

“It doesn’t count, it was the vibration,” he said as several friends and family members cheered.

“Ben means business,” David Brandauer said of his son.

Troop 2000 took a lead towards the end, beating the Cedar Rapids Titans by nearly three bottles.

“You’re beating the football team,” a small child exclaimed from the crowd. “Since when does football have anything to do with slingshots?” Ben Brandauer replied with a laugh.

He hit the last of the 10 plastic bottles from the wooden stand and was rejoiced by hugs and cheering from the crowd. He said there was a lot of talking, so focusing was very difficult. But he echoed Quinn, saying there is a lot of mental preparedness in these events.

“I’m not ripped,” Brandauer said.

At the end of the day, everyone was awarded a medal regardless of which team won more events.

Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scouts District Executive John Myers said Saturday was about showcasing the Boy Scout’s values, not necessarily strength.

“It’s about putting youth next to quality role models,” Myers said. “Working with them is the meat of our value-driven program.”

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