An Exciting New Federation Member!!
FirstStamps.org is a 501(c)3 organization that has been supporting hundreds of Southern California youth as merit badge counselors for the BSA Stamp Collecting merit badge courses in Silver Sage, Cascade, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego Councils since 2011. In the past two years their organization provided all the materials and staff for attainment of 10% of all the nation's BSA and AHG stamp collecting merit badges.
They have also offered local public stamp collecting classes at San Diego Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Coronado City Library, Rueben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, and the US Marine Corps Museum. They will be bringing 4 youth exhibits to WESTPEX this year. They also have two youth junior interns assigned to booths at SEAPEX, PIPEX and have adults staffing youth activities at WESTPEX. Their scouts have also attended SESCAL shows after we have introduced them to stamp collecting.
They have 47 volunteers helping from residences in South Pasadena & San Diego, Idaho Falls, and Portland.
In November, the Director in charge of Naval Archives met with their team and subsequently with the Marine Corps museum in San Diego. As a result FIRST STAMPS is developing several courses of instruction using stamps and postal history covers for visiting students, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (now formally called Scouts) and American Heritage Girls. These courses need focused donations in the following categories of Veteran letters, ration books, ephemera, and/or postcards from:
- Viet Nam
- Desert Storm
- Iraqi Freedom
- Operation Enduring Freedom
Donations are welcome! Your donations go towards furthering kids learning and experiencing more about stamps, along with helping the charity continue its efforts of keeping the love of philately alive. Donations can be sent to: FIRST STAMPS, C/O Director,MCRD Museum, 1600 Henderson Ave. (Ste 212),San Diego, Ca. 92140-5000. Be sure to note that the donation is for First Stamps and, if a "focused donation," to a youth category of your choice by calling (503)-939-0544. Their website is http://firststamps.org/