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Peanuts Worldwide’s Beagle Scouts 50th Anniversary

By adhering to its heritage, Peanuts Worldwide sets itself up to have a fruitful celebration of the Beagle Scouts 50th anniversary and encourages its audience to take on new adventures.

Alex Markovich

January 8, 2024

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Since the legendary comic strip, “Peanuts”, was first printed in 1950, it has continuously made its way into people's hearts from all backgrounds and generations. The artistic innovation, relatable storylines and humor are just a few reasons Charles Schulz’s creation has remained culturally impactful. The complex characters, like Charlie Brown, Franklin, Snoopy and Woodstock, and their quirky personalities also enable readers to connect with it on a deeply personal level. However, the comic strip’s humble message of mindfulness for each other and ourselves are the main reasons the comic strip persists to transcend generations.

Conveyed even further through “Peanuts’” Beagle Scouts characters, the comic strip’s modest message and the Beagle Scouts’ message of adventure is scheduled to spread in 2024 through a multitude of successful licensing partnerships instituted for a heavily awaited 50thanniversary celebration of the Beagle Scouts. And through these partnerships, “Peanuts” and the Beagle Scouts are set to rekindle its current global audience, enchant new ones and grow its clout in the licensing space worldwide.

Snoopy, the Beagle Scouts and Spreading the Message
The Beagle Scouts comes from Snoopy’s – one of the most intricate characters – multiple personas, one of which includes Snoopy being the Beagle Scouts’ scout leader. In this life, Snoopy teaches Woodstock and his bird friends (the other scouts) how to become distinguished Beagle Scouts by exploring, gaining new experiences and making memories outdoors.

One of Peanuts Worldwide’s – a co-owner of “Peanuts” – various licensing partnerships for the Beagle Scouts’ 50th anniversary is with the YMCA, also known as the Y. The Y was chosen as a partner for the anniversary because it is a global organization that shares homogenized values as the Beagle Scouts and “Peanuts”. For instance, just like the Beagle Scouts promote adventure and embracing the outdoors, the Y gives kids the opportunity to do so and takes the time to educate them on the importance of keeping their minds and bodies active. By allocating time to ensure Peanuts Worldwide shared a similar message with its partner, it removed any possibility of disunity in the Beagle Scouts’ anniversary campaign, which, if present, can often hinder growth and visibility in the licensing marketplace.

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The components of the Y partnership include Peanuts Worldwide being the national sponsor for the Y’s Healthy Kids Day in 2024 and 2025. The company will also collaborate with the National Parks Service Y camps to create Beagle Scout conservation programs. But the most charitable part of this partnership is that the company will provide 1,800 camp scholarships, offering transformational experiences to kids who may not otherwise be able to have.

“As we mark 50 years, we celebrate the kind of outdoor quests that pop up in the Beagle Scout storyline,” says Melissa Menta, senior vice president of marketing and communications, Peanuts Worldwide. "It makes perfect sense to partner with an organization that makes memorable adventures accessible for all. We’re excited to work together to bring outdoor adventures to children in five different countries.”

Another strategy for the 50th anniversary campaign was to utilize current campaigns, such as The Take Care with Peanuts Initiative. A separate campaign from the anniversary campaign, it was launched in 2020 to remind people to be good global citizens through eco-friendly actions. Since the Beagle Scouts promote adventure, blending it with The Take Care with Peanuts Initiative was an effective strategy to get people outside but also take care of the environment at the same time. The mix of the campaigns is showcased through three Beagle Scout-themed videos that will be presented in The Take Care with Peanuts Initiative campaign. One of which (presented above), displays Lucy simultaneously sitting outside by the pool, filling up the pool and reading. But when the pool gets full, Lucy doesn’t notice and starts to waste water. However, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts come to save the day and show Lucy the important environmentally conscious behavior of remembering to turn off the water.

An Organic Marketing Strategy for a Big Milestone
Choosing the right partners to celebrate with is not the only reason Peanuts Worldwide is on its way to having a triumphant Beagle Scout anniversary, taking the time to develop a 360-degree organic marketing strategy will also add to the success. The company’s determination to use the Beagle Scouts’ origins for the content and campaign will keep the reasons the fans fell in love with the characters at the surface.

Social media content, like Instagram reels and TikTok videos, is also a big part of the marketing strategy.

“Even though the storylines are just as relevant as they were when originally published, transitioning the content from print to digital is an effective way to keep the modern youth engaged,” says Tim Erickson, executive vice president, Peanuts Worldwide. 

Menta also notes that the timing of the anniversary has paired perfectly with the world’s current cultural zeitgeist.

“Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, people all over the world are trying to re-explore the outdoors, go on new adventures and spend time with family and friends,” says Menta.

The Partner Companies in the Licensing Industry Need
All in all, the Beagle Scouts’ 50th anniversary campaign shows that Peanuts Worldwide, and the team it is comprised of, institutes purposeful partnerships and effectively develops methodical campaigns. Therefore, companies in and companies entering licensing can expect Peanuts Worldwide to maintain and grow its dominance in the space.

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About the Author(s)

Alex Markovich

Sponsored Content Editor, License Global

Alex Markovich is the Sponsored Content Editor for License Global and currently resides in Denver, Colorado, USA. She has written across a variety of publications, such as SDxCentral, Housing Wire, Clear Admit and The US Sun. This experience has given her the ability to gain expertise in tech, energy, real estate, education, non-profits and news. Not only does she have a diverse writing portfolio, but Alex also has mastery in advertising, brand awareness, brand identity and content strategy. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Florida State University and is professionally certified in editing from the University of Chicago.

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