Panama Canal Zone stamps were produced from 1904 through 1978. Two Scout commemoratives were issued, both in conjunction with U.S. Scout stamp issues the same years. The Canal Zone Boy Scout issue of 1960 totaled 1,000,000, while the Girl Scout issue of 1962 totaled only 500,000. These issues were the fewest of any U.S. Scout issue. Both stamps were released on the National organization birthdays.
Scouting was begun by U.S. school teachers and Service members for the local youth almost ten years after the occupation and end of World War II. American Scout manuals were translated, and uniforms and badges used. The Girl Scout stamp was released in 1964 and the Boy Scout stamp was released in 1965, both to mark the 10th Anniversary of independent Ryukyuan Scout movements. Both Scout movements were united with Japanese organizations after return of the islands in 1972.
This is an online version of an original philatelic display
by Keith Larson, © 1998