License Types

To protect the name and values of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as well as the many reputable companies already licensed with us, only companies that can exhibit a commitment to the BSA brand, have established production and distribution capabilities, and/or offer a new or unique product will be granted the opportunity to obtain a BSA license.

Below are the different categories of opportunity for licensing the Boy Scouts of America’s marks, words, and phrases.

Retail Product License

A Retail Product License is available to companies who have active national distribution channels and are interested in developing BSA licensed products for wholesale sales to a re-seller, or for direct sale to consumers.

This license type would include those products developed for and marketed to current Scouting membership, Scouting Alumni, and those individuals who share an affinity for the Scouting brand, when those products are sold through consumer retail channels (e.g., mass retailers, department stores, specialty stores), either online or via brick-and-mortar stores, or as may be specified in the License Agreement. This would include also include National Council High adventure bases (i.e. Philmont, Norther Tier, Florida Sea Base), and other Scouting channels where product is purchased directly from a licensee for resale purposes.

BSA Requirements for Retail Product License Consideration

  • Established national distribution channels
  • A minimum of three years experience in manufacturing and distribution of the product type being proposed
  • Five years’ prior experience in the product category and classification being proposed
  • Three years experience in online sales/e-commerce, if sales are proposed through this channel

Local Council Product License

A Local Council Product License is available to companies who are looking to sell products bearing the BSA trademarks to BSA Local Councils and Units which are being personalized (i.e. Scouting events and activities) or products being distributed to the BSA National Council.

These types of products include:

  • Apparel
  • Headwear
  • Patches and Emblems (product category closed)
  • Fundraising
  • Recruiting Items

Typical BSA Requirements for Local Council Suppliers

  • A minimum of one years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution of the product being proposed
  • Three years’ prior experience in the product category and classification being proposed

ASI and PPAI Distributors

Companies that are ASI and PPAI distributors can purchase officially licensed products from a list of BSA authorized suppliers which does not require the distributor to hold a product license with the BSA.

Contact licensing@scouting.org for additional information.