(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 2 Mar 1993 20:23:51 CST
>Personally, I'm a little sick of the virulence with which the olympic
>people "protect" the word. First of all, I don't see how they could
>have copyrighted a concept and name that existed a few thousand years
>before the 'modern' games were conceived. It's all a mega-bucks farce
>of the original concept anyway now. When they allow million dollar
>salaried professionals to compete in the "amateur games", and sell
>rights to the Official Postal Service, credit card, and tampon, I
>think they've crossed some sort of line of reasonableness.
>(sorry, I seem to have missed my medication this morning..... I'm
>going to try to have a quiet time now.....)
Tampon??? Come on now...
Okay...I had to do som reference checking on this one, so I'm sorry
that this may come late.
The United States Olympic Committee granted the Boy Scouts of
America permission to use the USOC symbol, the international symbols,
as well as the word "olympic" to describe any type of Cub, Scout, or
Explorer local or national games which emphasized physical and mental
fitness, stamina, and cooperation between youth and adult. THis was
first granted in 1971, when the first National Explorer Olympic Games
was held at the USOC grounds in Colorado Springs. Since that time,
the National Explorer Olympics was not only santioned by the USOC, but
members of the USOC Board of Governors served as judges and staff
members of this bi-annual event. I know, because an old girlfriend
and member of my old Explorer Post (and a great sprinter at the
college I went to, Katherine E. Good (KEG for short) ) was on the
National Explorer Olympics Committee and she and her professional
counterpart would always bitch about how the USOC "had to do it the
'olympic' way or it would not be done".
The USOC extended that permission to local Councils to conduct
Cub Scout Olympics until liability insurance concerns prompted the
National Health and Safety Committee to advise local Councils to
discontinue holding those events. My piece of paper here is
water-logged (from smoke damage to lots of my personal affects when I
was the Assistant Director at one of the men's residence halls at
EKU), but I would venture the guess that it was written to Scout
Executives, Field Representatives and other professionals in 1980.
(sorry the terminal went dead and I had to reconnect and capture as
much of this as possible!)
Many local Councils *still* hold Cub Scout Olympics! It it still a
program element (hence the question) with the Cub Scout Program
Division of the BSA.
As far as I know, Scouting and the BSA can still use the word
"olympics" when describing any multi-event sports event, whether it
for fun or "serious" compettion. The National Explorer Olympics and
its Winter Olympic Games counterparts both withered away due to
non-participation in 1985 (along with most other National Exploring
events). It's a shame...because I really looked forward in traveling
to Colorado Springs and seeing people (especially from the Western
Region) that I've come in touch with years before at the National
Explorer Presidents' Congress or at the Regional Sea Exploring events.
So...keep your medication close at hand, because other than the
tampons, you are absolutely correct that the USOC somehow "gave" the
BSA the right to call its games "olympic".
Mike L. Walton
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
((MAJ) Mike L. Walton (among other "endearing" names) ( )
( AIS/MR Recreation/Leisure Specialist, Lifeskills Inc. ___)_ )
( Phone 502-782-7992 (home) 502-842-2274 (office) |-=-|] )
(3201-D Cave Springs Avenue -- Greenwood, KY 42104-4439 -------- )
( WALTOML@WKUVX1 / "No such thing as strong coffee, only weak people" )
( KYBLKEAGLE@AOL.COM (America Online) / BSRWALTON@EKU (EKU VAX) )
( "I don't speak for Lifeskills, Inc. or WKU...but man, do I speak!!!!" )
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City