February 26, 2013
Lees-McRae College student to compete on National Geographic Channel show

Before he heads to Lees-McRae in the fall, incoming freshman, Will Fleming, will compete on the show, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? which premieres on National Geographic Channel Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m.

Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is a reality competition series following a group of elite Boy Scouts over the course of three days and two nights as they compete against adult men in a variety of scout-based challenges. Produced by Original Productions, the same team responsible for reality show staples such as Ice Road Truckers and Deadliest Catch, this show is sure to be entertaining!

"Scouts were chosen on several criteria and skill sets and Will's strengths are orienteering and marksmanship,"� said Laura Fleming, Will's mother. "Will is a member of the National Skeet Shooting Association and he is currently ranked as an A Class shooter, shooting all four shotgun gauges with an overall average of 96 percent."�

Will Fleming, a native of Raleigh, N.C., is a third generation Eagle Scout. As one of 11 scouts selected nationwide to participate in the show, Will, who will go by "Big South"� on the show, was the only cast member selected from the southeastern United States and one of only two from outside of California.

"We're thrilled that Will is joining the Lees-McRae family in the fall,"� said Ginger Hansen, vice president of Enrollment Management and Communications. "We love seeing students like Will, who come in with a passion for the outdoors, because we know they will thrive on our campus."�

With a strong focus in outdoor programs, Lees-McRae's location and natural offerings are a perfect match for an outdoor enthusiast like Fleming. The mission of Outdoor Programs is to offer students opportunities for participation in outdoor educational experiences that will develop the mind, body, and soul of the student, while developing essential leadership and developmental skills vital to success in life.

"[Lees-McRae] has the courses to [help me] meet my goals for a career in the outdoors and the mountain environment will help me excel in my studies,"� said Will Fleming.

If you want to learn more about Will, a.k.a. "Big South"� like his Facebook page, Click here to learn more about Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?

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