Re: IOFSAG, Scouts in Exile
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Mon, 28 Nov 1994 18:32:00 EST
> RE: Groups calling themselves "Former Boy Scouts" are (IMO) in a risky
> situation. I doubt that BSA will recognized them (especially with CSR
> defunct) and without BSA recognition they are violating BSA's
> How does the International Organization of Former Scouts and Guides
> (IOFSAG) do it without copyright violation? I know IOFSAG has been
> around for decades and their journal serves as kind of a common sense
> bridge between the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and those Scouts/Guides in
> former Scouting Country (i.e. the "Scouts in Exile" infrastructure for
> Cuba, Russia, Czech, and (formerly) Hungary.) Unfortunately, the
> WOSM/WAGGGS (and their respective organizations -- BSA, GSUSA, CSA,
> etc.) never talk about the "Exiled Scout/Guide organizations).
> Legally, they cannot. Scouting/Guiding must have the government's
> permission in order to officially exist in any nation. Does anyone
> else have knowledge about the "Scouts in Exile" groups?
Most National Scout Groups aren't as "protective" of the use of the term
"Scout" as the BSA is. (I don't know if GSUSA has been in a situation to use
the protection, besides GSUSA doesn't have protection for the term Guide)
Also IOFSAG isn't as much of a threat to BSA in terms of PR
as a "Gay Scouts of America" or "national Scouts of America" would be.
Since BSA's "copyright" isn't granted in the same way that most are,
(scout like olympic was set aside for specific group(s) by a specific law)
I don't they are in danger of losing control if they don't enforce all
Don't have much info on the "Scoutin in Exile" groups.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City