Centennial of Scouting to be honored on stamp

November 13th, 2009

From Cub to Eagle, the world of scouting is being honored with its own U.S. postage stamp.

The stamp design, unveiled Thursday at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, depicts a backpacking boy scout surveying the landscape.

The stamp will be released next summer marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts.

The Girl Scouts were founded a few years later.

"We are grateful to the USPS for commemorating scouting's contributions to our nation for the past 100 years," said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive, Boy Scouts of America.

The new Celebrate Scouting stamps will go on sale nationwide and will be dedicated in July 2010 at the Boy Scout Jamboree at Ft. A.P. Hill, Va.

Previously the Boy Scouts have been honored with a 3-cent stamp issued in 1950, a 4-cent stamp in 1960 and a 22-cent stamp in 1985. The Girl Scouts have been honored on a 4-cent stamp in 1962 and a 22-cent stamp in 1987. A 32-cent Celebrate the Century stamp in 1998 jointly honored both boy and girl scouts.

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