The Scouting Pages - Scouts on Stamps

Camp Fire


In thematic, or topical, stamp collecting, where you collect stamps after their illustrations, the interest for philately and other hobbies can be combined, to this effect a number of countries have released stamps depicting Scouts, these stampshave depicted subjects including Scouting activities, history of Scouting, Scouting Uniforms from around the world to list but a few. There are also time when you may get the chance to see one or more of the special postmarks that have been used at scout camps.

During the siege of Makeking. the stamp supply was short, and in April, 1900 emergency stamps were produced, intended for local postage within the sieged town. One of the stamps shows a portrait of Baden-Powell. Even though this was 7 years before scouting started, the Mafeking stamps are considered by some people to be the first scouting stamps.

In 2007, the centenial year of Scouting nearly all the countries in the world released special sets of stamps and first day covers to celebrate 100 years of Scouting. For a look at some of the stamps that were released in 2007 have a look at the World Scout Web Site's Discover the stamps published for the Centenary Page

The images below show a selection of Scout stamps I have in my collection


New Zealand Stamp

Cook Island Stamp

New Zealand Stamp

Jamacia Stamp

Erie Stamp

Malaysia Stamp

Malaysia Stamp

Tonga Stamp

Upper Volta Stamp

NZ Progress Jamboree 1966
Uper Volta - Scout Cooking
Uper Volta - Semephore Scout
Ras-Al-Khaima Camping
Ras-Al-Khaima Camp Fire

The stamps below I haven't got but they show a couple of the sets released for to mark 100 years of Scouting in 2007.

Isle of Man 100 Years set

Ukraine 100 Years set