Saturday, March 31, 2012

Introducing Cub Scouts to Stamp Collecting

While the Boys Scouts have a Stamp Collecting Merit Badge, the Cub Scouts have a Collecting Belt Loop and Academics Pin. The requirements for the Loop and Pin are not as comprehensive as the Merit Badge and are ideal for the local stamp club to host an event that introduces Cub Scouts to the hobby.

To qualify for a Collecting Belt Loop, Cub Scouts must...
  1. Begin a collection of at least 10 items that all have something in common. Label the items and title your collection.
  2. Display your collection at a pack or den meeting.
  3. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections.
For the Academic Pin, Cub Scouts must do five of the following...
  • Give a talk about your collection to someone other than your family. Give a description of your collection, including a short history. 
  • Explain how you got started and why you decided to collect what you do.
  • Show how you preserve and display your collection. 
  • Explain any special precautions you must take including handling, cleaning, and storage. Note precautions for dampness, sunlight, or other weather conditions.
  • Read a book about what you collect and then discuss it with your den or an adult family member.
  • Start a new collection of at least 20 items. Label the items, and title your collection.
  • Explain to your den or an adult family member what numismatics and philately mean.
  • With your parent's or adult partner's permission, join a club of collectors who share your hobby. This club may be a group of your friends.
  • Find out if there is a career that involves what you collect. Find out what kind of subjects you need to study to prepare for such a career.
  • If you collect coins or stamps, make a list of different countries in your collection. Explain how to identify each country's issues. Make a list of "clues" that help you identify the origin.
  • With an adult partner, visit an online auction and look for items you collect. Discuss what it tells you about rarity and value of the things you collect.
  • Create a method for organizing and keeping track of your collection. Use a computer if possible.
  • Help a friend get started on a collection of his or her own.
Shown above, Cub Scout Collecting Belt Loop

For additional information and resources, click here for Cub Scout Collecting Belt Loop and Academics Pin Workbook.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM