California's Lodi News-Sentinel reports John Hunt (shown here) has started the Lodi Jr. Stamp Club. The club is geared toward kids ages 12 to 18. Hunt is quoted in the piece by reporter Pam Bauserman as saying "the club is something they can do for fun," and hopes it will help some teens find their niche.
Regarding getting the teens involved in stamp collecting, John said, "They don't have to buy anything and it doesn't cost anything. I don't talk or lecture. I have two tubs so they can pick out what they want and I teach them how to soak them off (the envelopes). Then I tell them what it's worth and show them how to use the tools."
When asked, "What are some important things to remember about collecting stamps?" John replied, "That a lot of people might have an illusion that this is an investment. You need to do it for the enjoyment. And not to let a hobby be an obsession. Have fun with it and enjoy it."
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