scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: BSA Logo Use
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ) Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Fri Aug 18 2000 - 21:50:52 CDT
Rob Blau wrote in part:
>I guess that makes sense but it would apply with equal force to home made
>jobs. Using the BSA logo on a "card" is either fair use or it isn't.
This is why the BSA has made it VERY EASY, gang. The Supply Division can make
business cards for you WITH the official, current BSA logo, and WITH the
you want on the card.
The only thing is, your Council's Scout Executive MUST "sign off" on the
when it is sent to the Supply Division. These are the same cards that the
available to its professional and senior volunteer staff members, and the
cards look nice.
The form has space for your name, position, address, phone, fax, email and
even a line for
a favorite Scouting phrase or line ("One Meeting a Week", "No such thing as
strong coffee...", etc.)
The cards are professionally done at the BSA's own printing facility. The
turn around time is about
two to four weeks.
The last time I inquired, 500 cards run $11.75. Eight lines, with the
format following what
your District professional's card looks like.
Yes, you can probably get a better deal with a local printing firm. But
these are the "real deal"
cards and the key word here is CONSISTANCY with what everyone else in your
Council are using.
That, more than anything else, is what some in your Council might complain
>should not matter whether you produce the card at home or pay someone to do
>it for you. What a pain to consult with the Council Office every time you
>need to use the logo.
But Rob, they are the "holders and managers" of that logo on behalf of the
organization, so *to me*, they should be consulted if you're going to use
the logo in
something which is going to reach potential clients. Remember, you don't
lot of control over who gets your business cards (or who they share them
the same goes for hats, teeshirts and outer garments with the BSA's
official logo or
a logo based on the BSA's logo.
When all else fails, Rob, ask them. It is far better to ask now, than to
have someone to come up
to you later and ask for ALL of the remaining items so that they can
> The BSA is not going to sue you for using the BSA
>logo to promote the BSA program.
But your local Council MAY ask for all copies of an item if THEY feel it
does not promote the BSA
in the best light possible, or "just because." That's their call.
Not yours nor mine.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, VA