Using the term "Scout" Patches etc.
Michael A. McDonald (MCDONALD23@DELPHI.COM)
Thu, 23 Jun 1994 13:50:55 -0400
As a supporter of "unofficial" "Electronic Lodge Flaps" and "World
Electronic Scouting" patches I have to chime in on the issue of copyright
protection and trademarks.
For the record, my understanding of the Scouting Symbols in the U.S.A. :
In the early days of Scouting in America, The Boy Scouts of America had a
number of competitors, these competitors were similar enough that people
where confused as to which organization was "official", This caused all
kinds of problems when for example three different Scout groups would
come knocking on the door looking for donations, etc. The Boy Scouts of
America were able to prove that they were the approved American version
of Baden-Powell's program. To this end the Congress of the United States
granted them a charter on June 15, 1916. This charter gives the BSA
exclusive rights to use the insignia, uniform and name of "Scout" and
"Scouting." (I am not sure what modifications were later made for girl
In short the BSA has exclusive rights to the everything, including the
word "Scout" in the context of a youth serving organization. So we must
get permission for our use of the term or use other terms.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City