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Powerful Movie Brings Scouting’s Impact to Life

"Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions" is the story of Tristan, a boy coping with life in the inner-city projects. His mother enrolls him in Boy Scouting in an effort to keep him off the streets. But when Tristan witnesses a homicide, a local thug demands his silence. Now he must learn, with the help of his new friends, that doing the right thing isn’t always easy. Will he follow the code of the streets or the code of the Boy Scouts?

The movie’s powerful story contains messages that resonate with today’s youth. Since the release of "Troop 491," numerous Scouting councils have planned local showings to help with membership recruitment and new-unit development in urban and inner-city areas.

“They saw their own struggles, fears, and aspirations reflected back at them.”

-Jeff Isaac


In late 2013, community leaders in Fort Pierce, Florida, reached out to their local Boy Scouts of America council after several failed attempts to combat serious gang issues in their community.

Under the leadership of Scout Executive Jeff Isaac, the Gulf Stream Council in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, launched its Restoring the Village concept. As part of that effort, Van Duzer Foundation President Scott Van Duzer signed on to help start Troop 772 with 26 young men.

The council held a screening of “Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions” as a recruiting tool in the area’s toughest junior high school and saw immediate, impactful results. Isaac said that the young men who saw the film easily recognized themselves in the characters projected on the screen. “They saw their own struggles, fears, and aspirations reflected back at them,” he said.

Today, Troop 772 has a waiting list of young men who want to join because they have been able to see how Scouting can be relevant in their own lives. “We now have plans to share ‘Troop 491’ in our other hard-to-serve areas,” Isaac said.

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  • "Troop 491: The Adventures of the Muddy Lions" DVD
    An exclusive DVD of the movie featuring an introductory message targeted to faith-based leaders and/or youth.
  • Introductory Letter
    Use the Muddy Lions movie opportunity to introduce Scouting to religious and community leaders. The letter can be personalized and formatted to print on your council letterhead.
  • Movie Screening Invitation Letter
    Once the screening is set, use this letter to invite religious and community leaders to attend to see Scouting in action. The letter can be personalized and formatted to print on your council letterhead.
  • 10 Reasons to Consider Scouting
    This flier explains the benefit to religious organizations of bringing Scouting to their communities.
  • How-to for Councils
    This how-to guide will help lead you through using the Muddy Lions kit to approach potential chartered organizations in your area.
  • How-to for Scout Troops
    This how-to guide will give troops ideas on how to market their screening of the movie and boost their recruiting efforts.
  • Muddy Lions Movie Poster
    Customize the poster with the details of your screening to help get the word out.
  • Muddy Lions Movie Ticket
    These customizable tickets double as invitations to the event.
  • Movie Discussion Guide
    Facilitator-led discussion questions are presented to help guide the group through a learning experience during an intermission or after the screening.
  • Special Muddy Lions patches
    Each kit includes one Muddy Lions patch. Additional 3” Muddy Lion patches can be ordered through your local Scout Shop. Pricing varies depending on quantity; minimum order 50. For questions, please call 704-588-4260 ext. 482.