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Stamp Camp USA introduces youngsters to stamps through a variety of fun
activities over several hours or days. Philately, another name for
stamp collecting, is an enjoyable way to learn about history, geography,
cultures, language and even subjects like math, science and the arts.
You name the topic and it can be found on a stamp!
Each camp consists of several mini-classes on collecting basics, like
where to find stamps, how to handle and sort them, identifying and valuing
stamps, forming a collection, putting together a traditional stamp exhibit,
using stamps in creative ways, and more. Kids earn "Stamp Camp Cash" during
these activities that they use in an end of camp auction to win donated
philatelic items and supplies. Everyone ends up with material to start or
build an existing collection, as well as the appropriate recognition and
reinforcement all kids need.
All camps are run by volunteers who themselves undergo thorough training
by attending leader workshops run by Stamp Camp USA. No prior stamp
collecting experience is needed. Hundreds of youth camps have been run
across the USA and Canada since inception in 1995 serving thousands of
youngsters from ages 5-18, with most camps for ages 8-14.
Stamp Camp USA was the brainchild of Cheryl Edgcomb, a former postmaster
of Nelson, Pennsylvania. It is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3)
IRS recognition and enjoys collaborative relationships with the United States
Postal Service, the American Philatelic Society, the American Stamp
Dealers Association and the American Topical Association (ATA).
Many community, civic and educational groups work with Stamp Camp USA to
promote stamp collecting as a family activity, including 4-H, Boy Scouts,
Girl Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, public libraries, home school networks, foster
grandparents, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Experience Works,
AmeriCorps VISTA, Centers for Independent Living, Headstart, nursing
homes, Communities That Care, and the Federal Prison System.
Stamp Camp USA is governed by a board of directors that formulates policy
with a chief executive officer who is in charge of operations. It receives
no money from the US Postal Service or any other government agency and
is soley supported by camp fees and donations from caring individuals and