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This summer, a “Celebrate Scouting” stamp will be sold to coincide with the 100th anniversary of scouting.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the adventure and spirit of scouting.

Since the creation of the international youth scouting movement some 100 years ago, hundreds of millions of children have benefited from opportunities for adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service provided by scouting organizations.

These groups offer young people communities in which they can learn collaboratively and have fun in partnership with adults.

Historically, scouts had to find their way by the stars or map, to notice tracks and interpret their meaning, and to fend for themselves. Many of today’s youth scouts continue to learn these and other skills, both outdoors and indoors, and enjoy hobbies made accessible to them through scouting.

Boys and girls alike have been involved in the scouting movement from its earliest days; female scouts are often called guides. Today, coed scouting is the norm in many countries.

To create this original design, illustrator Craig Frazier depicted the images of two different scouts in clothing and accessories that are often part of the outdoor scouting experience–hats, packs, boots, and binoculars. 

At first glance, one sees the large silhouette of a scout peering through binoculars. Within this figure is another scout perched atop a mountain taking in the vista. 

“I wanted a level of discovery to be portrayed in the stamp itself,” Frazier recalls.

He continues, “The small figure and landscape indicate very hard, directional light coming from low on the horizon–either early morning or late afternoon. The sky has that pale blue to indigo transition that happens only at those two times of day.”

Craig Frazier works out of his studio in Mill Valley, California. His designs for the Postal Service include the 2003 Nurturing Love stamped envelope and True Blue, the 2006 stamp in the Love series.

Since the creation of the international youth scouting movement some 100 years ago, hundreds of millions of children have benefited from opportunities for adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service provided by scouting organizations.