The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is suing the Boy Scouts of America. The reason for the suing of the Boy Scouts is because they are dropping the “Boy” from their name. They will now allow girls to join their program.
Boy Scouts accepts children 11 to 17 years old. About six months ago, they said that in February of 2019, they would be changing their name to Scouts BSA. Doing so will allow girls to earn the highest rank which is Eagle Scout.
There is also a campaign by the name of “Scout Me In” that’s going around and features both boys and girls.
As of now, neither Boy Scouts or their general counsel were reachable for comments on the current lawsuit. The head base for the Boy Scouts is in Irving, Texas. They recently had 2.28 million members, which is less than half of their peak in the 19770s. The base for the Girl Scouts is in Manhattan, and they have around 2 million members.
In the complaint about the suit, it speaks on how the Boy Scouts have no monopoly over terms when it comes to offering girls their services.
Girl Scouts Vs Boys Scouts
The Girl Scouts feel as though the name change makes it so that the Boy Scouts can profit off of activities once exclusive for their group.
Currently, only GSUSA has the rights to use the Girl Scouts and Scouts trademarks for girls. They believe it is damaging to their name and core values for the Boy Scouts to infringe of their territory.
The Boy Scouts say they the reason for the rebranding came about after the decision to let girls enroll into their Cub Scouts program in 2017.
The name of the case is Girl Scouts of the United States of America v Boy Scouts of America, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 18-10287.