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To be able to complete a merit badge during Pathways to Eagle the preparation work MUST be completed BEFORE and turned in at the START of the merit badge session.


Due to the shortness of the sessions, teaching is not possible. The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements.


The availability of a Merit Badge session will be based on the actual availability of Merit Badge counselors on the day of the event.

Stamp Collecting   Stamp Collecting     Stamp Collecting

This Merit Badge requires 1 session to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Stamp Collecting merit badge are: 7,  8

  • Items in RED - MUST be completed before the session starts to make it possible to complete the merit badge at Pathways to Eagle. Bring proof of completion (item, written work, note, photo, etc.)
  • Items in GREEN - Can be completed before the session starts or done during merit badge session.
  • Items in BLACK - MUST be ready to demonstrate your knowledge of these requirements during the merit badge session.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use a Merit Badge worksheet to show that they have done the preparation work for the merit badge. Download the workbook for the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge in Adobe PDF format from the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.
Scouts MUST be able to discuss any items completed as preparation works or as written work. Note: Some requirements contain items that fall into more that one category and are listed as the higher category.
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.
Define topical stamp collecting. Name and describe three other types of stamp collections.
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, semipostal, and airmail stamps
h.  Cancellation and postmark
i.  First day cover
j.  Postal stationery (aerogramme, stamped envelope, and postal card)
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.
Demonstrate the use of at least THREE of the following stamp collector’s tools:
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
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 condition.
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 website (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.
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 each.
c.  A collection of 100 or more different stamps from either 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 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.
The requirements listed on this web site are believed to be correct.
The official requirements can be found in the current edition of
"Boy Scout Requirements Book 2024"

Download the workbook for the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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