When you think of Boy Scout merit badges, Camping and Emergency Preparedness may be the topics that first come to mind. But there has been a Stamp Collecting badge for some time now.
New in 2012, the Postal Museum Education Department will offer Boy Scouts the opportunity to work toward the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge with the museum. What better way to learn stamps than through their collection?
Boy Scouts completing the merit badge through the Smithsonian program will be real philatelic experts. According to the requirements, they must define topical stamp collecting and show examples of everything from overprinted stamps to first day covers. The final project can include showing a collection of over 200 stamps or a map-based display of international stamps.
This opportunity won't just be for scouts. If you are interested in this program you may contact Erin at NPMprograms@si.edu for information on how to participate.