Selected study unit - Scouts on Stamps Society International

While the sporting world watches the current quadrennial event occurring in London this summer, we take a look back to another quadrennial event that was first held in London beginning on July 30, 1920. That event, held at the Olympia halls, was the first World Scout Jamboree and it was attended by about 8,000 scouts from 34 countries. It was at this first Jamboree that Robert Baden-Powell was given the title Chief Scout of the World. Since then, Jamborees and scouting activities have appeared on philatelic materials worldwide, most recently with the unveiling of the new Celebrate Scouting stamp issued by the United States on July 18, 2012, featuring girl scouting. To keep track of all the scouting appearances on stamps, the Scouts on Stamps Society International (SOSSI) unites collectors of scouting on philatelic materials. Membership in SOSSI includes a subscription to the bimonthly SOSSI Journal as well as access to checklists and an online version of the 800-page book Worldwide Scouting on Stamps. SOSSI's website,, boasts 6,000 pages and 10,000 images for interested collectors.

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