The Girl Scouts believe it does. According to the Associated Press, this past week the Girl Scouts of America sued the Boy Scouts of America. For what you might ask? It’s not cookies and they’re not seeking peanuts either. The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts for changing their name.
Yep, you read that correctly.
Tom McElroy reported, “In the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the Girl Scouts claim the program ‘does not have a right under either federal or New York law to use terms like scouts or scouting by themselves in connection with services offered to girls, or to rebrand itself as “the Scouts.”’1
Apparently, the Girl Scouts strongly believe the Boy Scouts changing their name and dropping the word, “Boy,” would create unnecessary confusion among girls all over America, affecting their ability to attract girls and negatively affecting their bottom line.
The article continued, “Such misconduct will not only cause confusion among the public, damage the goodwill of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts trademarks, and erode its core brand identity, but it will also marginalize the Girl Scouts Movement by causing the public to believe that GSUSA’s extraordinarily successful services are not true or official ‘Scouting’ programs, but niche services with limited utility and appeal,” the complaint said.
The Girl Scouts is among a number of major youth organizations in the nation seeing declines in membership in recent years due to competition from sports leagues and busy family schedules. The organization argued that only it has “the right to use the Girl Scouts and Scouts trademark with leadership development services for girls.”2
Is it possible the Girl Scouts could’ve stumbled upon something the rest of us should’ve already known?
The Boy Scouts released a statement saying they would review the lawsuit “carefully.”
“We applaud every organization that builds character and leadership in children, including the Girl Scouts of the USA, and believe that there is an opportunity for both organizations to serve girls and boys in our communities,” the statement from the Boy Scouts said.
This past May, the Boy Scouts announced they would change their name to Scouts BSA this coming February.
Did you notice the Girl Scouts called what the Boy Scouts did “misconduct” that will “not only cause confusion among the public, but it will also marginalize the Girl Scouts Movement”?
But what about all the proponents of making everything “gender neutral,” having “same sex” restrooms, etc.? Politicians and social engineers have assured us over and over again how good it will be for everyone. So why are the Girl Scouts suddenly concerned about something we’ve all been told will be so good? Is it possible the Girl Scouts could’ve stumbled upon something the rest of us should’ve already known?
The Bible says in the very beginning, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
This recent lawsuit indicates the Girl Scouts are merely returning to their roots as well. Because, as any good Girl Scout already knows, the first line of the Girl Scout Promise says …
“On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country.”
Hmmm. Maybe it would be good for all of us to get back to that.
© 2018. Barry L. Cameron
1 “Correction: Girl Scouts vs Boy Scouts Story.” Fox News, FOX News Network, https://www.foxnews.com/us/correction-girl-scouts-vs-boy-scouts-story
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.