scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Patch Approval
Henry Mowry (hmowry@MEDIAONE.NET
Sun Jun 25 2000 - 21:12:42 CDT
A question was posed about the approval of patches for District or Council
> > I was informed this weekend that starting now all patch designs must be
> > submitted to our local council and must be approved by a Professional
> > before we can go ahead and use the design.
What's the issue here? I would think that approval by a designated Council
representative is a reasonable protection to make sure patches are
appropriate -- that they include a fdl or BSA, Council name is spelled
correctly and used appropriately, etc.
As a volunteer, I don't "own" the District. I don't own the right to the
name, District designs, BSA logo traditions, etc. In fact, Districts only
exist at the pleasure of the Council. Council is chartered by National ...
Districts are created by a Council on an as needed basis. Therefore, I don't
think a District volunteer should have carte blanche to design & distribute
patches that go on the uniform and represent the Council.
In my business, I deal with copyright protection issues ... so the idea that
a District volunteer can arbitrarily make a patch with any design, any
symbols, any wording ... well, that's not the right way to run an
organization that wants to protect and maintain images that symbolize the
values of the organization.
IMHO, of course.
Yours in Scouting,
Jamboree Troop SM
Camping Chairman, Western Los Angeles County Council