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July 23, 10:07 PMSt. Louis Postal Service ExaminerStanley Cravens

2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America organization, and this year's celebration of that event is being honored on a new 44-cent postage stamp. The United States Postal Service is issuing the "Celebrate Scouting" sheet of 20 self-adhesive commemorative stamps on July 27, 2010, at the first-day of issue ceremony at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia during the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. 

The 44-cent "Celebrate Scouting" stamp features the single word "SCOUTING" at the bottom of the stamp underneath a graphic depiction of two different scouts. The first scout is shown in silhouette form, looking to the left through a pair of binoculars and wearing a scouting campaign hat and bandana. Within the silhouette, the second scout is seen perched atop a mountain looking off in the distance to the left, wearing a scouting cap and a backpack.

The stamp was created by illustrator Craig Frazier of Mill Valley, CA, under the direction of art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC. Craig Frazier has designed several stamps for the United States Postal Service including the 2006 "Love" stamp.

This is not the first time that the Boy Scouts have been honored on a stamp. In 1950, a 3-cent stamp was issued in their honor, followed by a 4-cent stamp in 1960, and a 22-cent stamp in 1985. The Girl Scouts have also been given their own commemorative stamps, being honored on a 4-cent stamp in 1962 and a 22-cent stamp in 1987. In 1988, a 32-cent "Celebrate the Century" stamp honored the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts simultaneously.

The Scouts themselves plan to put the "Celebrate Scouting" stamp to use by promoting an initiative within their organization to send letters and care packages to the military men and women serving their country overseas. The BSA includes information on their website to encourage and help others do the same.

The "Celebrate Scouting" stamp is available for purchase nationwide at any post office, at The Postal Store website at, or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24

Source: Celebrate Scouting postage stamp honors 100 year history of Boy Scouts of America

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