Re: Scout used in ad?
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Tue, 30 Aug 1994 17:39:02 +100
On Tue, 30 Aug 1994, Mark Flexman wrote:
> > Regarding the commercialization of the Scouting insignia: I understand that
> > in Great Britian (the birthplace of Scouting) that merit badges (or their
> > equivilent) actually feature corporate logos on the badge itself.
> > Perhaps some of the British Scouts on the net can enlighten us on the
> > details of this plan.
> > --
> > KERRY W. SIPE firstname.lastname@example.org
> Yes it is true, we have now allowed sponsorship of our Scout and Cub Scout
> Proficiency/Activity (Merit) Badges. Ithink it is meant just as a way as
> raising more funds for the National Organisation. I think that it is a
> great idea as long as we don't get too commercialised and only think about
> the monetry side of Scouting. If sponsorship promotes and increases the
> standards of the badge requirements it can only be a good thing surely.
> One point to make, no advertising authority is allowed to use the Scout
> Uniforms or insignias and badges in their commercials unless they have been
> given the go ahead by Headquarters. I can only presume that this is not the
> case in the States??
It is a <criminal offence > to use the Scout uniform without authority
apart from plays ,pageants etc. " where it will not be brought into
disrepute " I believe it is the Chartered Societies Protection of Names
Badges & Uniforms Act 1933 or something similar ( I don't have POR to hand).
I don't know when anybody was last prosecuted , if ever, but the threat
is there and devolves from the Royal Charter granted to The Scout
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City