You shared your questions with us, and we passed them on to the team at Boy Scouts of America. Below, find out straight from the source the answers to your questions about our Boy Scouts of America young inventor Innovation Challenge. Don’t forget to submit your idea(s) – or assist a young inventor in your life – before the search’s deadline: Monday, May 7 at 11:59pm PST.
Q. Who will Edison Nation be presenting the final product selections (G7’s) to? Is there a team of Boy Scouts of America members who will review the G7 products?
A. The Boy Scouts of America will review all submissions with Edison Nation, but Edison Nation holds the final discretion as to which products it chooses to take to development.
Q. Will selected product ideas be sold under Boy Scouts of America branding?
A. It is possible that selected products falling into the camping and outdoor categories could carry the Boy Scouts of America’s brand and be sold directly to its membership via BSA’s channels (e.g., Scout Shops, scoutstuff.org, etc.). Other products may also be developed by a manufacturer and licensed under the Boy Scouts of America brand to be sold outside of the BSA’s channels; however, those arrangements would be made separately between a manufacturer and the BSA.
Q. Will the selected products be marketed/promoted by the Boy Scouts of America?
A. If the Boy Scouts of America chooses to develop a product from the search, it will market and promote the item through its retail store and online merchandising channels.
Q. Do you have to be a Boy Scout to participate?
A. The Edison Nation/Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge is open to all boys and girls, age 7 to age 21, and is not limited to just members of the Boy Scouts of America’s programs.
Q. Why do Boy Scouts receive a discount on submissions, but not Girl Scouts or other youth organizations?
A. As a licensed program of the Boy Scouts of America, the Edison Nation Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge offers this discounted submission fee to encourage participation by current members.
Q. Are former Boy Scouts (e.g. those closer to the 21 age mark) eligible to receive the submission discount?
A. Only current members of the Boy Scouts of America are eligible to receive the discount.
Q. If someone over the age of 21 submits an idea and EN & BSA really like it, will it be considered?
A. The Edison Nation/Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge is only open to boys and girls, age 7 to age 21. Submissions by individuals over the age of 21 will not be considered for this challenge. Edison Nation conducts several other searches to which adults over the age of 21 may submit product ideas. To view such opportunities, please visit www.EdisonNation.com/searches.
Q. Do submitted ideas have to be related to Boy Scouts in any way?
A. There is not a requirement for submitted ideas to be related to the program of the Boy Scouts of America in order to selected.
Q. Will ideas that are related to Boy Scouts receive preferential treatment over those that are not?
A. Edison Nation, in its sole discretion, will select those ideas that it believes to be most innovative, regardless of whether the idea is submitted by a Scout or non-Scout.
Q. Is there a preferred demographic that ideas should target?
A. The Edison Nation/Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge is searching for the most innovative ideas by youth inventors. There are no target market restrictions or preferred demographics.