Are you tougher than a Boy Scout?

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Trent Buenzli stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds and is a captain on Oak Ridge High’s varsity football team. He plays tight end and linebacker, positions that require a player to be tough and physical.

Buenzli, 16, is also an Eagle Scout and along with his personality, these qualities earned him a part on a television show called “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?” The six-episode series aired on the National Geographic channel in March with the final episode airing April 1.

The show pits former Boy Scouts, now adult men, against current Boy Scouts in various physical, mental and skilled scouting-themed challenges that looks to find who is better and in some cases answers the question, are you tougher than a Boy Scout?

Buenzli, a junior at Oak Ridge High, appeared in the show’s third episode titled “Buoy Scouts,” which aired March 18. On the show, Buenzli had two challenges: the first required strength and endurance, as he had to carry an inflatable canoe one-quarter of a mile before passing it off to a teammate. Competing against a 37-year-old man named John Peterson, Buenzli easily won his portion of the race, defeating Peterson by about 50 yards.

In Buenzli’s second challenge, he and a partner were in a competition against the older Boy Scouts to see who could knock down six logs using a large sling shot anchored in the ground and rocks as ammunition. Buenzli and his partner knocked down five of the six logs, but the men knocked down all six on their last attempt to win the challenge.

“It was a great and positive experience,” Buenzli said. “I got to do a bunch of TV interviews and met a lot of cool people.”

Buenzli has been a Boy Scout nearly all his life, beginning when he was a Cub Scout in kindergarten. He came up through the organization and became an Eagle Scout last year. Anthony Scotch, who has served as Buenzli’s adult patrol leader for many years, recommended Buenzli as a contestant on the show.

“I’ve known Trent since he was a Cub Scout,” Scotch said. “He’s just an exceptional kid: straight A student, captain of the football team, Eagle Scout, motivated and determined. He’s the nicest kid you’d ever want to meet. He understands about helping others and being a leader. He doesn’t seek recognition, but he gets it because he earns it.”

Buenzli has thoroughly enjoyed his years as a Boy Scout.

“Boy Scouts has prepared me for life,” he said. “It has given me a set of diversified skills and helped me go from a young man to an adult. Being a Boy Scout is a great experience for a kid with camp fires, being outdoors and having fun and as kids that’s what you look for. It’s helped me learn to communicate with people and improve my time management and organization skills. I really cherish all the experiences I have from being a Boy Scout.”