Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Venture-Exploring
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 16:50:37 -0500
> However, if Venturing is part of the BSA program (not part of the Boy Scout
> program but of Boy Scouting's parent: the BSA) why did the great minds in
> Irving, Texas leave the Scout symbol off of the Venturing logo? It really
> looks empty (to me) without it being there (say it the bottom corner, in the
> "V"). And it would appear to violate the current BSA insignia regs that
> require the words "Boy Scouts of America", "BSA" or the fluer-de-lis to be on
It seems to me that the BSA is granted certain proprietary rights
to terms like Scouting, Boy Scout and to certain "Boy Scout"
badges and insignia by Congressional Charter, rights that go
beyond the scope of trademarks and patents. No? And the BSA
protects those rights and the integrity of the uniform by affixing
the fleur-de-lis or "BSA." Yes?
(I'm also being semiphilosophical; correct me if I'm wrong.)
Maybe the BSA doesn't hold the same rights to the term "Venturing"
and the Venturing symbol may only be trademarked as opposed to
granted by charter.
Just a guess.
So, who's going to call Irving and ask? Maybe the legal
department was napping.
Advisor Crew 486
Unifrom Police Groupie
The Exploring Division certainly was - napping.