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 thier Counselors within the overall Scouting program.
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.
Chairperson, SOSSI Board of Directors
|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|
|Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badge||by American Philatelic Society|
|An Introduction to Stamp Collecting||by American Topical Association|
|Stamp Collecting MB Workbook||by U.S. Scouting Service Project|
|Instructors Manual V1||by Pete Metzloff, 2018 SOSSI|
|Sample Marketing Flyer||by Pete Metzloff, 2015 SOSSI|
|Sample Marketing and Information Sheet||by Lee Shedroff, 2018 SOSSI|
|Sample Information for Participants and Parents||by John Owen, 2018 SOSSI|
|Sample Registration Form||by John Owen, 2018 SOSSI|
|Substitute Blue Card||by John Owen, 2018 SOSSI|
|Viewgraphs: Stamp Collecting Merit Badge||by Pete Metzloff, 2018|
|Viewgraphs: BSA Stamp Collecting Merit Badge||by Rock Knutson, circa 1994 SOSSI|
|A Guide to Stamp Collecting||by SOSSI and Linn's Stamp News, circa 1988-92|