Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Course April 28th 2024

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Register by April 7th to save your spot.

Participation is limited to scouts registered in a Scouts BSA Troop. Space is very limited, so get your registration request information listed below in by April 7th. Parents are welcome to stay and listen to the program. Free tickets are available on request. Any parents who are registered with the BSA are encouraged to wear their uniforms too. Any parent volunteers willing to help teach will be welcome.

Send registration requests or questions to Mr. Phil Avery at: [email protected].

Registration Requests Should Include:

  • Name, Rank, Age, & Troop number
  • Home address, phone number, email address & parent cell phone.
  • Please include a note about your stamp collecting experience (none needed to attend).
  • If a Scout has a special need, it is required to let us know. It will be handled with discretion.

The Stamp Collecting Merit Badge class is $10 per scout towards the cost of supplies in the stamp collecting starter kit given to the scouts as part of the course. Admission to the stamp show is normally $5, but is free for Scouts in uniform and their parents. The Marriott Hotel charges for self-parking. Please consider parking in the neighborhood business streets nearby in order to park for free.

The stamp collecting starter kit includes: tongs, hinges, mounts, stock pages, album pages, and two packets of stamps all needed to complete this merit badge. There are hundreds of stamps to pick from to build your first stamp collection on a wide variety of topics around the world.

This program has filled up every year so please register early. Contact Mr. Phil Avery at [email protected] for more details and to register for the workshop. Space is very limited.

Sunday April 28, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please arrive on Sunday by 8:45 am to be ready for the program to start at 9:00 am sharp. Beginner collectors are welcome and encouraged.

About the Event: WESTPEX® Stamp Show  is open Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel, 1800 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010

Discover the fun of stamp collecting

Build a collection on a topic or country interesting to you. During this merit badge workshop, you will receive a stamp collecting starter kit and access to hundreds of stamps provided by stamp dealers. Meet our guest NSDA Non-Profit Stamp Dealer, Phil Kumler, who routinely instructs youth as a vendor and provides free stamps and first day covers to build your own collection from a specific country, topic, or endangered animal. You will receive a special guided tour of the show.

Have fun learning stamp collecting with lots of free stamps to build your first collection. WESTPEX is the biggest and best stamp show in the West and features stamp dealers from around the world, amazing world class exhibits, and the U.S. Post Office.

After confirming registration plan to:

  • Read & review the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Pamphlet before the workshop. Merit Badge Requirements and pamphlet can be found here: Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
  • Merit Badge blue card signed by your Troop ScoutMaster or previous connection in Scoutbook to Mr. Philip Avery.
  • Bring a brown bag lunch and a snack. Water will be available. Please do not bring any other beverages as they may spill over the materials.
  • Complete homework: Your completed stamp design for #7a.
  • Wear your class A uniform. This is required.

You will be able to complete the merit badge. The workshop covers all badge requirements. A small amount of prerequisite work is done before coming. Details will be provided after registration. If a Scout doesn’t finish the badge, then arrangements can be made to complete at a later date.


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