One of my U.K. pen pals, Julia, is also an active Girl Guide leader. She sent me some pictures of some postcards that were recently sent to her from Japan where the 23rd World Scout Jamboree was held this year.
"I've taken some pictures, because - how cool - special edition stamps, postcards and cancellations if posted on the Jamboree site - how totally fab!!! My friend posted cards from a Jamboree in Canada last year too, they had official postcards but I don't think they had an official stamp - I'll have a rummage around and see if I can find them and let you know. Maybe it's a Jamboree thing???"
Stamps commemorating scouting are certainly nothing new. The U.S.P.S. just had another one issued in 2012. Other countries also having stamps for scouting. A little searching later, and I found a whole bunch of different Jamboree specific first day covers and postcards from all over the world. Scouting is a very popular topic. In fact, when people collect philatelic material related to a particular subject, it's called "topical" collecting. I love to see that the tradition of special stamps and cancellations for the Jamboree is still going on. Julia, it's definitely a Jamboree thing and I hope it continues to be one. Thanks for sharing!
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