scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Words Lesson Requested
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sat Apr 10 1993 - 18:24:44 CDT
Bob Warner asked us all:
>I believe I read somewhere that Jamboree is a copyrighted or Trademark
>registered word. I would assume that it belongs to the British Scout
>Organization or the World Scout Organization in London since B-P used it
>first. Or does the BSA own a copyright or trademark on it or just have a
>license to use it?
The word "Jamboree" is not copyrighted. The BSA attempted to do so back
in the middle 70s when other organizations held "national jamborees". The BSA
was successful in getting the phrase "National Scout Jamboree" copyrighted,
however. (I do not believe it's registered as other words are, though.) The
word "Jamboree" is also used by the World Association of Scouting Movements
to describe a world-wide, regional or national event.
The word "Camporee" originated with the word "Camp-o-ree" and got slammed
together. "Camp-o-ree" is one of those BSA "made up words" which specially
mean a camping event staged by a local Council, a District of that local
Council, or a group of Scouts from different Troops. Therefore there could
be a New City Camporee, a Owen County Camporee, a North District Camporee, a
Cardinal Council Camporee, and possibly a Area Seven, Southern Region Camporee.
The BSA uses the word "Jamboree" only to describe a National or
International camping event.
The words "Camporee" or Camp-o-ree" are not registered nor is it copyrighted.
>I don't think the two variations should be pronounced the
>same way. And, if copyrighted or trademark registered, there is only one
It can be said either way, Bob. It's completely up to the District, Council
or group of Troops as to which word is going to be used and for which event.
>While in TAC, I became indoctrinated to the term Intercamp because we were
>prohibited from using "Jamboree" for our annual international camp
>adventures, naturally being Scouters we invented a new term--Intercamp--for
>INTERnational CAMPoree. Interjamb would never do--besides in explaining what
>it meant we would be violating the prohibition against using Jamboree.
>Intercamps were organized and run unofficially by the Scouters from the
>former occupying powers of Germany plus the Germans plus groups from almost
>any other country that wanted to take part. They provided some fantastic
>interaction. In the BSA-sponsored Intercamp in Heidelberg (was that 1984?),
>we were unexpectedly joined by a Troop from Poland. Now this was during the
>days of the Iron Curtain--so it was a most extraordinary event!
That was indeed 1984.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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