As you may well know, in 2017, the Boy Scouts made an unusual choice: They decided to let in girl…scouts.
That resulted in some interesting things, such as these:
“Boy Scouts Organization Inaugurates First All-Girls Troops” (in Washington, D.C.)
Wait, isn’t this just… https://t.co/EIlVOrRlCu
— Not trolling in 2020 (@OutOfKenTroll) December 21, 2020
Fast-forward to — surprise — the Girls Scouts are none too amused.
As relayed by The Daily Wire, Girl Scouts of the United States of America has claimed in court documents that Boy Scouts of America (now the hipper “BSA”) has engaged in a “highly damaging” war of recruitment in which the BSA’s poached potential Girl Scouts.
The New York Post notes that, after BSA began accepting girls in 2018, the Girl Scouts sued.
Their allegation: trademark infringement.
In November, Boy Scouts filed for a dismissal, calling the claim “utterly meritless.”
But on Thursday via filed papers, Girl Scouts fought back.
Here’s more from the Post:
The Girl Scouts said BSA’s marketing of new services for girls using the terms “scout, scouts, scouting, scouts BSA and scout me in” proved “extraordinary and highly damaging to Girl Scouts” and had set off an “explosion of confusion.”
Attorneys for Girl Scouts described the cluster:
As a result of Boy Scouts’ infringement, parents have mistakenly enrolled their daughters in Boy Scouts thinking it was Girl Scouts.
Such a thing had never occurred, they insisted, ’til BSA decided to go unisex.
As evidence of “rampant instances of confusion and mistaken instances of association between Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” GSUSA provided documentation of registration fees being returned to confused moms and dads who’d thought they were enrolling their daughters in the Girl Scouts.
Boy Scouts asserted those were isolated incidents.
Girl Scouts’ attorneys lamented, “According to Boy Scouts, blame for the rampant marketplace confusion lies at everyone’s feet but its own.”
Boy Scouts responded with a statement, accusing Girl Scouts of starting a “ground war.”
To imply that confusion is a prevailing reason for [parents of girls’] choice is not only inaccurate – with no legally admissible instance of this offered to date in the case – but it is also dismissive of the decisions of more than 120,000 girls and young women who have joined Cub Scouts or Scouts BSA since the programs became available to them.
Boy Scouts of America certainly has tried to broaden its appeal.
In 2013, the group lifted its ban on openly gay Scouts.
In 2015, it did the same for gay leaders.
In 2017, Reuters reported the following:
A 9-year-old New Jersey boy has become the first transgender member recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, which last week said it would accept children into its century-old programs based on the gender indicated on their applications.
There was also this:
The Boy Scouts of America say they stand with Black Lives Matter and will require all Eagle Scouts to earn a “diversity and inclusion merit badge” and workers will undergo diversity and inclusion training, the organization’s committee says. https://t.co/PtmM2FwYXk
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 16, 2020
Was allowing girl members the rescue it needed?
If I rightfully understand sarcasm, at least one social media user questions the chess move:
Over 6 million boys were in the Scouts in 1970. There are currently fewer than 2 million.
Pedophile scout leaders (7,800 have been identified by the organization), trans-friendly rule changes, and admission of girls should turn it around, though. https://t.co/t2amuQVSMc
— A New Radical Centrism (@a_centrism) December 22, 2020
Either way, the war is among us.
In the end, I predict but one victor.
Will Girl Scouts prevail?
Or will Boy Scouts become the scouting catch-it-all as Girl Scouts go the way of the dodo bird?
Personally, my money’s on Girl Scouts — at the end of the day, they’re the ones with the cookies.
Still, the Boy Scouts don’t look like they’re going down without a fight.
Stay tuned for more scouting scuffle, and don’t be surprised to soon see BSA Butterballs.
#BettysPumpkinPie is cooling on the kitchen counter. I just finished the #ButterBalls a little while ago. #Balls. I can’t help but smile. Now it’s time to go to my parents for Christmas Eve dinner. Thank you for the recipes Chef #SantaDanny 🎅❗XO💕 Merry #ChristmasEve2020 🎄❗ pic.twitter.com/m8Rlzhhbs9
— Victoria Day ❤ Danny Girl Endlessly 💘💕 XO💕 (@Victori37856533) December 24, 2020
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