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Celebrate Scouting 2012 Foreverl Postage Stamps
 
With the Celebrate Scouting (Forever®) stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors scouting organizations for the opportunities they provide for millions of youths.

A “sister” stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp which featured a boy scout, the 2012 Celebrate Scouting (Forever®) stamp also reminds us that girls were not always included in the scouting movement.

Among the first advocates for a sister scouting movement were the girls who demanded inclusion in the Crystal Palace Boy Scout Rally, the first rally of its kind, held in London, England, in 1909. A year later, boy scout pioneer Robert Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell helped organize a scouting group for girls, The Girl Guides Association. Together they adapted his guidebook Scouting for Boys, and in 1912 they published the first official girl scouting manual.

Since the birth of the scouting movement more than a century ago, millions of youths have learned to find their way in the world with the skills and confidence they acquired through scouting. Some of the first scouting experiences provided opportunities to hike, camp, study first aid, and learn to tell time by the stars.

Today scouts benefit from the latest advances in science and technology, with outdoor experiences offering opportunities to study ecology and discover new ways to protect the planet.

With art director Derry Noyes, illustrator Craig Frazier designed the stamp, which features a large silhouette of a girl with binoculars looking into the distance; the scene within the silhouette features a girl in mid-stride with a walking stick, shorts, and backpack on a serious summer trek. Frazier explains the stamp art: “I have designed it to symbolize the scale and beauty of the wilderness and what it feels like to momentarily explore and coexist within it.”
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