Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited has teamed up with the Cayman Islands Postal Service to sponsor a Stamp Camp.
Set for April, Stamp Camp will be a collaborative education programme for children aged eight to 14. The idea behind the camp is to equip Cayman Islands’ teachers in both the private and public sectors with basic knowledge about the art of stamp collecting, including the proper care of stamps and the use of stamp tools, stated a press release.
The teachers will be taught how to use hands-on activities to work with children, including creative storytelling using stamps. The afternoon sessions will focus on the Islands’ collectors as the overseas instructors will show collectors how to exhibit stamps. The other part of the Stamp Camp will be the launch of several pilot programmes in schools in which children will learn the art of stamp collecting.
The overseas instructors for the camp are Janet Klug and Cheryl Edgecomb. Ms Klug is president of the American Philatelic Society and Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists. She is also an avid collector who concentrates on military postal history and specialised collections of Australia and the South Pacific.
Ms Edgecomb is a founding member and current CEO and Executive Director of Stamp Camp USA and serves as Youth Exhibiting Chairman for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. She is a lifelong stamp collector who specialises in United States postal history and topical/thematic collecting of rainbows on stamps. An employee of the United States Postal Service for the past 28 years, Ms Edgecomb presently serves as Postmaster at Knoxville, Pennsylvania.
‘The Cayman Islands Postal Service is pleased that Butterfield Bank has signed up to sponsor Stamp Camp and help us formally launch our Youth Philately programme,’ said Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow.
‘We are excited about going into the schools and working with children because we are hoping to revive an interest in philately. The programme also benefits schools as stamp collecting is a tool that teachers can use to develop meaningful learning activities in various subject areas, including geography and the study of other cultures.’
‘Butterfield Bank is thrilled that the CI Postal Service is making an effort to introduce this fun and educational hobby to Cayman’s youth. Philately is a great way to introduce children to history, geography and art and it is also a fun way to make friends worldwide as stamp collecting is a global interest,’ said Butterfield Bank’s Monique Bush.
The Cayman Islands Postal Service is looking for another gold sponsor to assist it with putting on the camp. For more information, please contact Assistant PMG Marketing Tara Bush 814-6506.