On 1 August, 1998 the Åland Post issued a stamp with a Sea Scouting design. The
stamp focuses on Satahanka IX, an
international sea scout camp held in Åland that August. The stamp original, the
first day cover and cancel were designed by the Åland artist Allan Palmer.
The stamp depicts objects associated with Sea Scouting such as various
knots and a compass. The number of active Scouts in Finland is a little more than
88,000. Co-operation, respect and mutual understanding across the borders have
always been keywords to the Scouts. The Finnish Boy Scouts and Girl Guides
joined forces in the early seventies and have had mutual activities ever
since. The name of the main Scout association in Finland is Finlands
Scouter r.f., The Guides and Scouts of Finland.
Outdoor activities such as camping, excursions and hikes are important
elements of Scouting. Sea Scouts devote most of their time to activities
related to the sea such as sailing, navigation and sea rescue.
During the days 1-8 August 1998, a large Sea Scout camp was arranged in
the historical environment of the ruins of the Bomarsund fortress in Åland.
The Satahanka IX is the ninth international Sea Scout camp arranged by
the Guides and Scouts of Finland, and it is also the largest Scouts event
of the year. The first Satahanka camp was organized in Pargas as early as
1955. A total of 1,500 Scouts, of which approximately 300 from abroad, were
expected to participate in this event. Some of the activities on the
programme were sailing, archaeology and adventures on foot and bicycle and
at sea. The participants also learned more about the seafaring
traditions and the history of the province of Åland.
Date of issue 1 August 1998
Size of stamp 29 x 35.96 mm
Size of sheet 2 x 15 stamps
Perforation 14 x 14
Paper 102 g/m2
Printing 4-colour offset
Printing house The House of Questa