Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Stamp Collecting Merit Badge


Stamp Collecting




  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.
  2. Define topical stamp collecting. Name and describe three other types of stamp collections.
  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, coil, or marginal markings
        E. Overprint and surcharge
        F. Metered mail
        G. Definitive, commemorative, semi-postal, and airmail stamps
        H. Cancellation and postmark
        I. First day cover
        J. Postal stationery (aerogramme, stamped envelope, and postal card)
  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.
        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.
  5. Demonstrate the use of at least THREE of the following stamp collector's tool:
        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
  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.
        B. Discuss at least THREE ways you can help to preserve stamps, covers, and albums in first-class
  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.
  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
        C. A collection of 100 or more different stamps from either one country or a group of closely related
        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.

Stamp Collecting Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.