(Discover the World)
by Kerry Cordy
(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement as well as those listed at the end of the badge.)
Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 2 starred.
_____ 1.* Begin a collection of stamps and collect at least 10 different stamps (20 for Otters, 50 for Dolphins, 75 for Butterflies, and 100 for Eagles and Owls)
_____ 2.* Discuss with an adult what stamps are used for and how you can get them.
Otter: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred.
_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Demonstrate how to properly soak stamps and mount them.
Dolphin: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred.
_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Collect at least one stamp from a minimum of 3 different countries (not including the USA.) If you write to the Ambassadors of other countries located here in the U.S., they will usually be happy to send you canceled stamps from the mail they receive from their home countries.
Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred
_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Collect at least one stamp from a minimum of 10 different countries (not including the USA.) If you write to the Ambassadors of other countries located here in the U.S., they will usually be happy to send you canceled stamps from the mail they receive from their home countries.
Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred
_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Show at least ONE example of each of the following:
Perforated and imperforate stamps
Mint and used stamps
Sheet, booklet, and coil stamps
Numbers on plate block, booklet, coil, or marginal markings
Overprint and surcharge
Definitive, commemorative, semi postal, and airmail stamps
Cancellation and postmark
First day cover
Postal stationery (aerogramme, stamped envelope, and postal card)
Owl: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:
_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
______ 3. Discuss how you can better understand people, places, institutions, history, and geography as a result of collecting stamps.
______ 4. 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?
______ 5. Monitor your mail for a period of 30 days. Put together a collection of items from stamps, to cancellation marks, metered mail, and other postal marks.
______ 6. Demonstrate the use of ONE standard catalog for several different stamp issues. Explain why catalog value can vary from the corresponding purchase price.
______ 7. Demonstrate the use of at least THREE of the following stamp collector’s tools:
Water and tray
Envelopes and sleeves
______ 8. Collect and display a collection of 25 stamps on one topic such as birds, flowers, historical figures, etc. (If you did requirement #8 as a Butterfly, you must choose a new topic.)
______ 9. Collect and display a collection of 25 stamps from around the world by mounting them on a map.
______ 10. Demonstrate that you can handle stamps with tweezers.
______ 11. What is the difference between hinged and plastic mounts? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
______ 12. Make a display of your collection for your troop and answer any questions your troop mates may have.
______ 13. 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.
______ 14. Visit a post office, stamp club, or stamp show with an experienced collector. Explain what you saw and/or did.
______ 15. Design your own stamp, cancellation, or cachet.
______ 16. Write a review of an interesting article from a stamp newspaper, magazine, or book.
______ 17. Pick your favorite stamp and find out the history behind it. Why was this subject or person chosen? When?
______ 18. Discuss at least THREE ways you can help to preserve stamps, covers, and albums in first-class condition.
______ 19. Describe the steps taken to produce a stamp. Include the methods of printing, types of paper, perforation styles, and how they are gummed.
______ 20. Define topical stamp collecting. What are some other types of stamp collections?
______ 21. 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?
______ 22. Visit your local post office and find out which stamp designs they currently have. If possible, purchase one of each for your collection.