|World Scout / Guide seals
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Scout/Guide seals is usually in association with the
collecting of Scout/Guide stamps or memorabilia. There
are not many seal collectors that collect only
collecting of Scout seals can be an intriguing hobby.
What is a seal? A seal could be classified as any item
with a paste or pressure sensitive surface that permits
it to be attached to another surface. These could include
stickers, labels, decals, transfers, and non-postage
stamps. Also, photo-stamps, book plates, crests or
patches with adhesive backing could be considered by some
for seal collecting. Some seals are issued both
perforated (like postage stamps) and imperforated.
seals are issued by National, International
and Local Scout Organizations as well as Scout Groups,
individuals, Scout Camps and other charity and commercial
groups and organizations. They are issued for the purpose
of publicizing Jamborees, International Conferences and
Organizations, special events and camps. Camps will issue
decals for publicity and groups may issue seals for fund
raising or promotion of events or stamp savings banks
etc. seals are also issued for advertising and charity
and commercial use, decorating and are seen on Scout
articles sold through Scout Shops. There is no end to the
issuance of Scout/Guide seals.
seals do picture many activities
of Scouting and Guiding , Scout logos, camping scenes,
slogans, advertising messages, etc. There are many seals
that picture Baden-Powell the founder of Scouting. seals
go back almost to the origin of Scouting in 1905 in
England and Europe. St. George is popular on seals
particularly in Denmark and Sweden. Ethnic Scouts in
exile have issued many scout seals over the years.
One of the oldest seals is 1908 from
Hungary. There were seals in England for the first 3
Jamborees 1920, 1924(OP) and 1929. France had a set in
l913 and the sets of France (Tobler Chocolate) seals of
1920 are probably the most colorful ever issued. German
seals from 1913-14-15 exist as well as a very nice 1914
from Norway. Other older seals are Switzerland 1925,
Denmark 1916 and 1924, Netherlands 1912 and 1916 and
Sweden 1911 and 1914. Czechoslovakia had scout seals
issued in 1920 and 1927 and some of the earliest U.S.A.
are from 1925.
There is no catalogue of all Scout and
Guide seals issued. This would be an almost impossible
task. In 1955 Harry Thorsen Jr. and W. McKiriney issued a
book "Boy Scout Fund seals and Camp Post
Stamps" and in 1961 Harry Thorsen issued a combined
Scout Stamp-Scout seal specialized catalogue and several
seal supplements appeared later. Since there is no
catalogue of all seals it is a very challenging and
rewarding hobby to track down old and new Scout seals
from around the world and build your own collection of
these often forgotten but very attractive items of
Scouting past and present. Values can therefore only be
established amongst collectors based on age, demand,
condition, appearance, number in existence etc. and the
older seals can as a result be very high in price as are
older scout stamps.
Next time you come across a Scout or Guide
seal consider it a worthwhile collectable. Pick-up a few
extra for trading with other collectors. Keep it as a
separate segment of your Stamp collection and the
challenge of locating seals might be worthwhile to
WORLD SCOUT sealERS ARE FOR GIRLS TOO
Although when we gave the name "World Scout
sealers" to this 'seal collecting organization' some
think of it as Boy Scout seal collectors. It must be
clarified that the name Scout intended to mean Boy Scout
and Girl Scout. Most of the collectors collect both Boy
Scout and Girl Scout seals. In the U.S.A. the
organization is called Girl Scouts , however in Canada
and most other countries in the World, the girls are
called Girl Guides. There are also some girl scout
leaders in the USA that collect only girl scout seals.
There are many girl organizations in the
USA, such as Camp Fire Girls, and some collect these
seals as well. I think recently this organization has
dropped the name girl and is accepting both boys and
girls in their organization.
also other Church sponsored girl organizations that
sometimes show up with a seal.
As with Scout Stamps, every collector has to decide what
her/his collection of seals will consist of. I have met
collectors who focus their collection on their country,
seals with trees on them, seals/stamps resembling the BSA
merit badges, etc. However, most of the Scout seal
collectors I know collect both Boy and Girl Scout/Girl
Guide seals. Each collector will decide the 'topical
boundaries' of their collection.
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