Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Scouts Attend Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Workshop

Seven scouts from the San Gabriel Valley Council got their stamp collecting merit badge this past Saturday at the monthly stamp show held at the Masonic Temple in Arcadia, CA.

Bill Janson (standing on left) and myself shared tips on different types of stamps, where to find stamps, what to collect, tools of the hobby, types of albums, and other useful information.

Participants got to work with historic U.S. postage stamps as well as colorful stamps from around the world. They also got a chance to see lots and lots of interesting and valuable stamps.

A tip of the tongs goes out to INTURPEX, Gretchen Moody and Janet Houser of the American Philatelic Society's Education Department, Mystic Stamp Company, Subway Stamps and The Los Angeles Philatelic Society for providing materials.

Bill and I are in the process of organizing another Scout Stamp Saturday at SESCAL on Oct. 15 in Los Angeles. Cost of the 4-hour workshop is $15 per scout which covers the cost of tongs, stamps and other materials.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a Scout can do so through PayPal (donschilling@att.net) or by sending a check to me at Don Schilling, 745 Portola Ave, Glendale, CA 91206.

Shown above, scouts learning to soak stamps.

Click here to learn the requirements for the Boy Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badge.

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