Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Counselor Resources

Dear Scouter,
Thank you for serving or thinking about serving the youth of America through the Boy Scouts of America as a Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Counselor.
The first thing is to be sure you are up to date on how BSA defines the role of Merit Badges and their Counselors within the overall Scouting program.

BSA Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Book

This Merit Badge Pamphlet is available through local Scout Distributors or Boy Scout Council Offices in the U.S. or on the ScoutStuff website.

In 2018, SOSSI created a “virtual” SOSSI Chapter for counselors of this merit badge.  If you are currently registered as a stamp collecting counselor, please drop me an email including:
Your name, and phone number
Your email address
Your BSA Council
Some information about the last time you taught the badge - i.e., the date, venue and number of boys earning the badge and any issues or problems you encountered.

Our “virtual” chapter will hold several meetings a year via internet or a telephone conference call to exchange ideas, resources, best practices and experiences.  We are also working on ways to identify new opportunities to offer the stamp collecting merit badge.  For example, we know that many councils or districts offer merit badge camporee events.  If we can become aware of these far enough in advance, we would like to have SOSSI members help organize an offering of the stamp collecting merit badge at such events.

We are also trying to identify other groups and individuals who may not be members of SOSSI but who are actively involved in the merit badge.  Maybe they also can be involved with our virtual group as informal members until we can convince them to join SOSSI.  If you are aware of such individuals, please let me know.

Pete Metzloff
Chairperson, SOSSI Board of Directors

SOSSI Web Resources:
SOSSI's Illustrated Merit Badge Requirements
50 Years of Scouts on US Stamps, exhibit by Keith Larson
US Scout Stamp Philatelic Products
Illustrated History of the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Pamphlets

Resources Available from other Organizations:
Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badgeby American Philatelic Society
An Introduction to Stamp Collectingby American Topical Association
Stamp Collecting MB Workbookby U.S. Scouting Service Project

Reference Materials:
Instructors Manual V1by Pete Metzloff, 2018 SOSSI
Sample Marketing Flyerby Pete Metzloff, 2015 SOSSI
Sample Marketing and Information Sheetby Lee Shedroff, 2018 SOSSI
Sample Information for Participants and Parentsby John Owen, 2018 SOSSI
Sample Registration Formby John Owen, 2018 SOSSI
Substitute Blue Cardby John Owen, 2018 SOSSI
Viewgraphs: Stamp Collecting Merit Badgeby Pete Metzloff, 2018
Viewgraphs: BSA Stamp Collecting Merit Badgeby Rock Knutson, circa 1994 SOSSI
A Guide to Stamp Collectingby SOSSI and Linn's Stamp News, circa 1988-92

YouTube Video:
Exploring Stamps