Boy Scouts of America
Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
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Welcome to our online support to U.S. Scouts who would like to earn a badge for stamp collecting!  Boy Scouts of America offers the Stamp Collecting merit badge that could be awarded to Scout stamp collectors.

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
redball 1.  Do the following:
  1. Discuss how you can better understand Leave SOSSI Sitepeople, places, institutions, history, and geography as a result of collecting stamps.
  2. Briefly describe some aspects of the Leave SOSSI Sitehistory, growth, and development of the United States postal system.  How is it different from Leave SOSSI Sitepostal systems in other countries?

redball 2.  Define Leave SOSSI Site topical stamp collecting.  What are some other types of stamp collections?

redball 3.  Show at least ONE example of each of the Leave SOSSI Sitefollowing:
  1. Perforated and imperforate  stamps
  2. Mint and used  stamps
  3. Sheet, booklet and coil  stamps
  4. Numbers on plate block, booklet, coil, or marginal markings
  5. Overprint and surcharge
  6. Metered mail
  7. Definitive, commemorative, semipostal, and airmail stamps
  8. Cancellation and postmark
  9. First day cover
  10. Postal stationery (aerogramme, stamped envelope, and postal card)

redball 4.  Do the following:
  1. Demonstrate the use of Leave SOSSI SiteONE standard catalog for several different stamp issues.  Explain why Leave SOSSI Sitecatalog value can vary from the corresponding purchase price.
  2. Explain the meaning of the term Leave SOSSI Sitecondition as used to describe a stamp.  Show examples that illustrate the different factors that affect a stamp's value.

redball 5.  Demonstrate the use of at least THREE of the following stamp collector's tools:
  1. Stamp tongs
  2. Water and Tray
  3. Magnifier
  4. Hinges
  5. Perforation gauge
  6. Envelopes and sleeves
  7. Watermark fluid

redball 6.  Do the following:
  1. Show a stamp Leave SOSSI Sitealbum and how to mount stamps with or Leave SOSSI Sitewithout hinges. Show at least ONE page that displays several stamps.
  2. Discuss at least THREE ways you can help to preserve stamps, covers, and albums in first-class condition.

redball 7.  Do at least TWO of the following:
  1. Design a stamp, cancellation, or Leave SOSSI Sitecachet.
  2. Visit a Leave SOSSI Sitepost office, Leave SOSSI Sitestamp club, or Leave SOSSI Sitestamp show with an experienced collector.  Explain what you saw and/or did.
  3. Write a review of an interesting article from a stamp newspaper, Leave SOSSI Sitemagazine, or Leave SOSSI Sitebook.
  4. Research and report on a famous stamp-related personality or the history behind a particular stamp.
  5. Describe the steps taken to produce a stamp.  Include the Leave SOSSI Sitemethods of printing, types of paper, Leave SOSSI Siteperforation styles, and how they are Leave SOSSI Sitegummed.
  6. Prepare a two-to-three page display involving stamps.  Using ingenuity, as well as clippings, drawings, etc., tell a story about the stamps.  How do they relate to history, geography, or a favorite topic of yours?

redball 8.  Mount and show, in a purchased or homemade album, ONE of the following:
  1. A collection of 250 or more different stamps from at least 15 countries.
  2. A collection of a stamp from each of 50 different countries, mounted on maps to show the location of each.
  3. A collection of 100 or more different stamps from either one country or a group of closely related countries.
  4. A collection of 75 or more different stamps on a single topic.  Some interesting topics are Scouting, birds, insects, the Olympics, sports, flowers, animals, ships, Christmas, trains, famous people, space, and medicine.)  Stamps may be from different countries.
  5. A collection of postal items discovered in your mail by monitoring over a period of thirty days.  Include at least five different types listed in requirement 3.

BSA Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Book

This Merit Badge Pamphlet was written in part by members of the Scouts on Stamps Society International for the Boy Scouts of America.  Copies are available through local Scout Distributors or Boy Scout Council Offices in the U.S. or on the ScoutStuff website.

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