Most Anglophone African countries have Boy Scouts associations, especially in primary and junior high school levels.
Well, the mother association in the United States is being hauled before the courts, because Boy Scouts have agreed to allow girls to join their fold.
Who is suing them, the Girls Scouts. For what, over trademark infringement. Boy Scouts plan to drop ‘Boys’ from their name in order to maintain ‘Scouts’ in order to admit older girls.
The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court is an attempt by Girls Scout, founded in 1912, to avert an erosion of its brand and membership as the Boy Scouts, founded two years earlier, tries to reverse its own decades-long membership decline, a Reuters report said.
Boy Scouts said in May 2018 that it plans to change its name to Scouts BSA in early February 2019 so that they can allow girls to join.
Boy Scout admits boys between 11 and 17 years. The latest move will allow girls within the age bracket to join and also attain the highest rank of Scout Eagle.
They have since been served the lawsuit and they have said they are reviewing the case. The girls argue that boys are trying to claim a monopoly over scouting with the review mode.