Stamps celebrate Scouts

The Cayman Islands Postal Service’s newest stamps feature the Centenary of Scouting.

These stamps also celebrate a hat-trick of events: The 100th anniversary of Scouting; the 150th anniversary of the birth of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement; and the 21st World Scout Jamboree, which is to be held from 21 July to 8 August in England.

There are six stamps in this series: 25¢, 50¢, 75¢, 80¢, $1 and $1.50. Four stamps depict local Scouts and their activities, while the other two stamps highlight international events, said a Postal Service press release.

Local activities are depicted on the 25¢, 75¢, 80¢, and $1 stamps. The 25¢ stamp, titled Yesteryear’s Wolf Cubs, might be of particular interest to the public. It shows an early group of Cub Scouts with their leaders, Ms Frances Bodden and Mrs. Joyce Hylton.

The 75¢ stamp depicts modern Scouts, while the 80¢ stamp demonstrates how Scouts earn a badge. Meanwhile, the $1 stamp shows the Cayman Islands Scout Association’s drill team during the 2005 Remembrance Day Parade.

Noting international events, the 50¢ stamp shows the Cayman Scout contingent participating in the opening ceremony of the 13th Caribbean Scout Jamboree, which was held in Jamaica in August 2006. The $1.50 stamp depicts Lord Baden-Powell and his dog. Both of these stamps are available on a souvenir sheet.

Cayman Scouts’ Executive Commissioner Winston Hayle said he was pleased with the stamp issue. ‘The Scouting movement is about community involvement and building better citizenship, and I believe that these stamps illustrate these qualities,’ he said.

‘I thank the Cayman Islands Postal Service for issuing these stamps, so that we can show the public what Scouting is all about,’ he added.

CIPS Philatelic Manager Karen McField noted that she was happy with the overall results. ‘Our collectors are always looking for stamps with a Cayman Islands theme, and the Centenary of Scouts fits that criterion.’

FYI

Centenary of Scouting stamps are on sale at all Cayman Islands post offices. For more information, contact Ms McField at 946-4757.

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