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Boy Scouts to celebrate 100th birthday in 2010

The U.S. Postal Service today gave scouting 'a stamp of approval' to honor 100 years of the U.S. scouting movement. The Celebrate Scouting stamp, which will be sold in the summer of 2010, coincides with the Boy Scouts of America's 100th anniversary.

The new stamp design was unveiled last week during an event at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The design, created by illustrator Craig Frazier, depicts the spirit and outdoor adventure of scouting through a backpacking scout and a large silhouette of a scout surveying the landscape.

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.

In conjunction with the Celebrate Scouting announcement, the Boy Scouts of America announced it will begin a nationwide effort to support U.S. Armed Forces personnel serving overseas and veterans by sending letters and care packages using the Priority Mail Flat Rate Box through the Postal Service. Local DC-area scouts mailed letters and shared news about the scouting stamp from the museum this morning. The letter writing campaign continues the BSA's longstanding tradition of service and performing "a good turn" daily.

The new Celebrate Scouting stamps will go on sale nationwide and will be dedicated in July 2010 at the Boy Scout Jamboree.

The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Feb. 8. To mark this milestone, the organization has undertaken nationwide celebration efforts that reintroduce the organization to today's young people and families, reinforce the value of scouting, and reconnect with the millions the organization has impacted.

For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

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