Monday, January 26, 2009

Stamp Camp USA

Cheryl Edgcomb writes on the American Profile Web site, "Watching a kid enthusiastically take to stamp collecting is a heartening sight for all of us. It not only reminds us of our beginning years, but also shows us the future faces of our hobby. With so many activities and choices for kids today, it is not enough to simply hand them a packet of stamps. Novice collectors need to be encouraged in the ways of our hobby. Stamp Camp USA, one of the most successful programs for nurturing young collectors, provides youth programs that do just this."

According to Cheryl, retired Postmaster of Nelson, Pennsylvania and creator of Stamp Camp USA, "The diversity of its partners is an important strength for Stamp Camp USA. In addition to traditional philatelic groups, Stamp Camp also partners with a multitude of community, civic, and educational groups to promote stamp collecting as a family activity - 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, public libraries, Head Start, and home school networks. This work is made possible because a "village" of collectors, dealers, and youth-oriented volunteers support the program with their time, dollars, and resources."

To learn more about the program, to host a Stamp Camp in your community, to become a trained adult leader, to contribute time, money, or philatelic material contact Cheryl Edgcomb, Executive Director Stamp Camp USA, 117 Court Street, Suite A, Elkland, PA 16920-1477; or call the Stamp Camp USA field office at 814-258-5601; or by email to

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM