Requirements for Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
Boy Scouts of America

1. Do the following:
a. Discuss how you can better understand people, places institutions, history, and geography as a result of stamp collecting.
b. Briefly describe some aspects of the history, growth, and development of the United States postal system. How is it different from postal systems in other countries?

2. Define topical stamp collecting. What are some other types of stamp collecting?

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, semi-postal, and airmail stamps.
h. Cancellation and postmark.
i. First-day Cover.
j. Postal stationery (aerogram, stamped envelope, and postal card).

4. Do the following:

a. Demonstrate the use of the standard catalogue for several different issues. Explain why the catalogue price can differ from the corresponding purchase price.
b. Explain the meaning of condition as used to describe a stamp. Show examples which illustrate the different factors which affect a stamp's value.

5. Demonstrate the use of least three of the following stamp collector's tools.

a. Stamp tongs.
b. Water and tray.
c. Magnifier(s).
d. Hinges.
e. Perforation gauge.
f. Envelopes and 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 preserve stamps, covers, and albums in first-class condition.

7. Do at least two of the following:

a. Design a stamp, cancellation, or cachet.
b. Vist a post office, stamp club, or stamp show with an experienced collector. Describe what you saw and/or did.
c. Write a review of an interesting article from a stamp newspaper, magazine, or book.
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 method of printing, types of paper, perforation style, 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. How do they relate to history, geography or a favorite topic of yours?

8. Mount and show, in a purchased or home-made 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 countries, mounted on maps to show the location of each.
c. A collection of 150 stamps from 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 Scouts, birds, insects, the Olympics, sports, flowers, animals, ships, Christmas, train, famous people, space, medicine, etc.)
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 above.