Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!

by R H | November 10th, 2018

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Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!

The Girl Scouts once again prove that their brand sucks. Their lat­est law­suit is over a trade­mark infringe­ment, say­ing that because the artist for­merly known as Boy Scouts is accept­ing girls makes it con­fus­ing to peo­ple, who might think they are the Girl Scout orga­ni­za­tion. Never mind that you can set­tle this with a quick Google search, or phone call, or by actu­ally ask­ing ques­tions. Never mind that Girl Scouts was founded AFTER Boy Scouts. Never mind that the patches and trade­marks don’t look any­thing like each other.

It’s ridicu­lous. The guid­ance from our local coun­cil is to not use cer­tain terms now. Good job infring­ing on the First Amend­ment, Girl Scouts of the USA!

I’ve been a Den Leader in Cub Scout­ing for 3 years now. I watched the pro­gram accept girls. I’ve seen the before and after. I also have a son in the pro­gram. And in defense of my man­hood, I can use a knife, have killed and butchered many ani­mals in the field, and flown in com­bat mis­sions before. I’m not some sort of dope-​smoking hip­pie that hap­pens to be a Cub Scout Den leader.

Girls in Cub Scouts has done noth­ing to hurt the pro­gram. I have a young girl in my den, and she fits in just fine with the other boys. I haven’t changed any­thing in my pro­gram. All of my Scouts were using knives at our last den meet­ing. We went camp­ing a few weeks back, and I taught my Scouts how to use flint and steel. Noth­ing was dumbed down, san­i­tized or sim­pli­fied because girls were present.

As a side note, if you’re going to chal­lenge me on this in the com­ments, at least tell me you’re a cur­rent Scout­ing leader or that you tried it and quit, because if not, take your arm­chair quar­ter­back opin­ion elsewhere.

Girls leave Girl Scouts of the USA for three big reasons:

1. The pro­gram is lame. Like, it’s laaaaaam­m­m­meeee kinda lame. My Scouts start fires, carve with knives and build things. Most Girl Scout pro­grams are obsessed with sell­ing cook­ies and doing indoor activ­i­ties. Any girl that wants to do some­thing out­side gets the weird look from the leader, the “You want to be out­side where it’s icky?” sort of look. Live through that enough, and you have plenty of peo­ple want­ing to jump ship.

2. The pro­gram is a hot bed for lib­eral activism. WAGGGS has a love affair with Planned Par­ent­hood, and while you might like some ten­ants of the pro­gram, it’s increas­ingly harder to ignore the influ­ence. Plenty of par­ents don’t want lib­eral ideas of abor­tion, con­tra­cep­tion and teenage sex pushed on their daughters.

3. Sin­gle par­ents strug­gle to do things out­side of school. Sad but true. The divorced fam­i­lies in my Cub Scout Pack strug­gle to bal­ance time with their kid and time (and money) at struc­tured things like Cub Scouts. I reg­u­larly nav­i­gate the com­plex­ity of which par­ent one of my Scouts is with on a week­end. These kids just don’t have the time to par­tic­i­pate like other kids do.

I used to be ambiva­lent about Girl Scouts, but actions like this make me angrier every day, and they should make you angry too.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or any other orga­ni­za­tion with “Scouts” or “Scout­ing” in the title. I’d love to be more descrip­tive, but recent law­suits by loser orga­ni­za­tions make it hard to actu­ally use the cor­rect names.

Even though Da Tech Guy and I dis­agree on this issue…you should donate to him any­way. In fact, you should donate to him just because. I mean, could you imag­ine this arti­cle appear­ing on CNN?

The Girl Scouts once again prove that their brand sucks. Their latest lawsuit is over a trademark infringement, saying that because the artist formerly known as Boy Scouts is accepting girls makes it confusing to people, who might think they are the Girl Scout organization. Never mind that you can settle this with a quick Google search, or phone call, or by actually asking questions. Never mind that Girl Scouts was founded AFTER Boy Scouts. Never mind that the patches and trademarks don’t look anything like each other.

It’s ridiculous. The guidance from our local council is to not use certain terms now. Good job infringing on the First Amendment, Girl Scouts of the USA!

I’ve been a Den Leader in Cub Scouting for 3 years now. I watched the program accept girls. I’ve seen the before and after. I also have a son in the program. And in defense of my manhood, I can use a knife, have killed and butchered many animals in the field, and flown in combat missions before. I’m not some sort of dope-smoking hippie that happens to be a Cub Scout Den leader.

Girls in Cub Scouts has done nothing to hurt the program. I have a young girl in my den, and she fits in just fine with the other boys. I haven’t changed anything in my program. All of my Scouts were using knives at our last den meeting. We went camping a few weeks back, and I taught my Scouts how to use flint and steel. Nothing was dumbed down, sanitized or simplified because girls were present.

As a side note, if you’re going to challenge me on this in the comments, at least tell me you’re a current Scouting leader or that you tried it and quit, because if not, take your armchair quarterback opinion elsewhere.

Girls leave Girl Scouts of the USA for three big reasons:

1. The program is lame. Like, it’s laaaaaammmmeeee kinda lame. My Scouts start fires, carve with knives and build things. Most Girl Scout programs are obsessed with selling cookies and doing indoor activities. Any girl that wants to do something outside gets the weird look from the leader, the “You want to be outside where it’s icky?” sort of look. Live through that enough, and you have plenty of people wanting to jump ship.

2. The program is a hot bed for liberal activism. WAGGGS has a love affair with Planned Parenthood, and while you might like some tenants of the program, it’s increasingly harder to ignore the influence. Plenty of parents don’t want liberal ideas of abortion, contraception and teenage sex pushed on their daughters.

3. Single parents struggle to do things outside of school. Sad but true. The divorced families in my Cub Scout Pack struggle to balance time with their kid and time (and money) at structured things like Cub Scouts. I regularly navigate the complexity of which parent one of my Scouts is with on a weekend. These kids just don’t have the time to participate like other kids do.

I used to be ambivalent about Girl Scouts, but actions like this make me angrier every day, and they should make you angry too.


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or any other organization with “Scouts” or “Scouting” in the title. I’d love to be more descriptive, but recent lawsuits by loser organizations make it hard to actually use the correct names.

Even though Da Tech Guy and I disagree on this issue…you should donate to him anyway. In fact, you should donate to him just because. I mean, could you imagine this article appearing on CNN?

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