Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Other Stamp Collecting MERIT BADGE PAGES
Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Workbook
Stamp Collecting Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your Stamp Collection, required stamp examples, and stamp collecting tools for the requirements of this merit badge

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Do the following:

a. Discuss how you can better understand people, places, institutions, history, and geography as a result of collecting stamps.

b. Briefly describe some aspects of the history, growth, and development of the United States postal system. Tell how it is different from postal systems in other countries.

Scouts should review the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge pamphlet and come with an understanding for discussion in the class their thoughts on collecting stamps as well as the history and growth of the US postal system. It is highly recommended to utilize a Merit Badge Workbook to make notes of findings and research. Scouts in attendance that have not reviewed their merit badge pamphlet on the topics of this requirement and its components and/or do not actively participate in the class discussion will find it difficult to complete this requirement or its components.


2. Define topical stamp collecting. Name and describe three other types of stamp collections.

Scouts should consider using a notebook or Merit Badge workbook to make notes while preparing for class discussion on this requirement.  The Stamp Collecting Merit Badge pamphlet is a great resource to reference when doing preparation work for this requirement.


3. Show at least ONE example of each of the following:

a. Perforated and imperforate stamps

b. Mint and used stamps

c. Sheet, booklet, and coil stamps

d. Numbers on plate block, booklet, or coil, or marginal markings

e. Overprint and surcharge

f. Metered mail

g. Definitive, commemorative, semipostal, and airmail stamps

h. Cancellation and postmark

i. First day cover

j. Postal stationery (aerogramme, stamped envelope, and postal card)

Scouts will need to prepare for the class by gathering examples of stamps that meet each of these requirement components' descriptions. Scouts will find the use of the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge pamphlet to be very useful in helping define and clarify the specifics being asked for in each requirement component.  The class instructor / counsleor will help validate Scouts findings.  Only Scouts that have made a reasonable effort to gather samples and are able to share, will be considered for sign off on this requirement and its components.


4. Do the following:

a. Demonstrate the use of ONE standard catalog for several different stamp issues. Explain why catalog value can vary from the corresponding purchase price.

Scouts will need to prepare ahead of the class in order to be ready to demonstrate their ability to accurately look up stamps in a stamp catalog.  If Scouts are unable to secure a catalog, there will be one available during the class, however, despite this catalog's availability during the class, only Scouts who arrive at the class knowing how to use a stamp catalog and properly will be considered for sign off on this requirement component. Scouts should also have prepared their explanation of why value and purchase price may vary.  Only Scouts who actively participate in class discussion, and have prepared for this requirement component, will be considered for sign off.

b. Explain the meaning of the term condition as used to describe a stamp. Show examples that illustrate the different factors that affect a stamp's value.

Scouts will find the use of the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge pamphlet to be a valuable resource in preparing for this requirement component. Scouts will need to also have examples to share during the class, along with their explanation for the first part of this requirement component, for consideration of completion.


5. Demonstrate the use of at least THREE of the following stamp collector's tools:

a. Stamp tongs

b. Water and tray

c. Magnifiers

d. Hinges and stamp mounts

e. Perforation gauge

f. Glassine envelopes and cover sleeves

g. Watermark fluid

Scouts should be prepared to demonstrate their ability to use three of the listed stamp collecting tools during the class.  While the merit badge instructor / counselor will have most of these tools available at the class, Scouts should be prepared with their own tools if possible, to ensure they are able to demonstrate their abilities without excuse.


ONLINE CLASS PARTICIPANTS - you will need to have the stamp collecting tools yourself when attending online in order to be considered for sign off on this requirement and its components. All Scouts will share their work during the class for review.


6. Do the following:

a. Show a stamp album and how to mount stamps with or without hinges. Show at least ONE page that displays several stamps.

 Scouts will need to have their own stamp album, stamps, and mounting materials / tools in order to complete this requirement component. The class instructor / counselor will give guidance to Scouts who may need it for completion of this requirement component. Be Prepared.

b. Discuss at least THREE ways you can help to preserve stamps, covers, and albums in first-class condition.

While the merit badge instructor / counselor will help facilitate discussion on this requirement component, only Scouts who have prepared for this discussion and actively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off.


7. Do at least TWO of the following:

a. Design a stamp, cancellation, or cachet.

b. Visit a post office, stamp club, or stamp show with an experienced collector. Explain what you saw and learned.

c. Write a review of an interesting article from a stamp newspaper, magazine, book, or Web site (with your parent's permission).

d. Research and report on a famous stamp-related personality or the history behind a particular stamp.

e. Describe the steps taken to produce a stamp. Include the methods of printing, types of paper, perforation styles, and how they are gummed.

f. Prepare a two- to three-page display involving stamps. Using ingenuity, as well as clippings, drawings, etc., tell a story about the stamps and how they relate to history, geography, or a favorite topic of yours.

This requirement will NOT be done as a part of the class HOWEVER, Scouts attending the class having done work for two selected components will have the opportunity to share their work with the merit badge counselor during the class for consideration of sign off. Be Prepared.


8. Mount and show, in a purchased or homemade album, ONE of the following:

a. A collection of 250 or more different stamps from at least 15 countries.

b. A collection of a stamp from each of 50 different countries, mounted on maps to show the location of each.

c. A collection of 100 or more different stamps from either one country or a group of closely related countries.

d. 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, holidays, trains, famous people, space, and medicine). Stamps may be from different countries.

e. A collection of postal items discovered in your mail by monitoring it over a period of 30 days. Include at least five different types listed in requirement 3.

This requirement will NOT be done as a part of the class, HOWEVER, Scouts will have an opportunity to share their album with the counselor during the class for review and sign off on this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019