July 13, 2016

Teens from an Israeli Scouts (Tzofim) troop constructed an enormous storage space in the shape of superhero Deadpool for a summer camp activity, but thanks to social media saw their structure go viral and even score a post from the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds.

The scouts responsible for the 17.5-meter-long structure of the superhero in a lounging pose belong to one of Tel Aviv’s troops.

After two months of planning and building matchstick models, the troop then worked for two days – from early morning through late at night – to put together their super-sized effigy of old tree branches, ropes and fabric in the Hazorea Forest.

The proud Tel Aviv scouts, ages 16 to 18, uploaded a photo of their creation to Facebook to show others. It made its way to Reynolds, and the Canadian star shared it on his official Facebook page with the caption: “Wow! Incredible. That forest is TINY.”

Compared to Canadian forests, Israeli wooded areas are indeed rather small. Add to that a towering figure, and, yes, “TINY” could be a good description.

Still, the local scouts were over the moon with excitement that “the” Wade Wilson (Reynolds) gave a thumbs-up to their handiwork.

“We didn’t expect such a reaction. We’re happy that we made people all over the world smile,” commented 17-year-old Nimrod Berkovitch.

The photo scored over 24,000 likes on Reynolds’ official Facebook page.

“I think this takes the crown for true Deadpool fandom,” reads one of the more than 370 comments under Reynolds’ post of the Israeli Deadpool figure.

Tzofim troops – there are more than 160 across the country – regularly build temporary structures to build their teamwork and knot-tying skills.

This summer’s constructions – while not Hollywood approved— included a huge porcupine, enormous black bear, and a massive Clifford (the Big Red Dog).

Clifford the dog. Photo courtesy of Tzofim Scouts
Clifford the dog. Photo courtesy of Tzofim Scouts
Porcupine by Tzofim Scouts. Photo: courtesy
Porcupine by Tzofim Scouts. Photo: courtesy

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