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
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
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.
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.
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
5. Demonstrate the use of at least THREE of the following stamp collector's tools:
a. Stamp tongs
b. Water and tray
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.
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
b. Discuss at least THREE ways you can help to preserve stamps, covers, and albums in first-class condition.
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
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