Stamp Announcement 12-35: Celebrate Scouting

Stamp Announcement 12-35: Celebrate Scouting

On June 9, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a Celebrate Scouting commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents), in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 469400).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 9, 2012.

Celebrate Scouting, the “sister” stamp to the 2010 Scouting stamp, pays tribute to scouting organizations for the opportunities and pleasures they have provided mil­lions of youths worldwide. The stamp features a large sil­houette of a girl with binoculars looking into the distance. A scene within the silhouette features a scout in mid-stride on a serious summer trek, in an environment composed of large redwoods, a lake, and a distant forested mountain­side. Working with art director Derry Noyes, illustrator Craig Frazier created the stamp art.

Distribution: Item 469400, Celebrate Scouting (Forever priced at 45 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before May 25, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 469400 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Celebrate Scouting Stamp
Special Cancellations
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by August 9, 2012.

How to Order First Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items post­marked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are five philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 469461*, First Day Cover, $0.89.

n 469465*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 469491*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 469497*, Panel, $9.95.

n 469499*, Cancellation Keepsake (DCP w/Pane), $10.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Celebrate Scouting

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 9, 2012, Washington, DC 20066


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Craig Frazier, Mill Valley, CA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Man Roland, 300

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Sennett Security Products Finishing, Fredericksburg, VA


PMS 1235 (Yellow), PMS 7551 (Gold), PMS 5763 (Green), PMS 485 (Red), Blue, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.33 x 36.06 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.42 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.88 x 7.147 in./149.35 x 181.53 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate block numbers in four corners of pane


© 2011 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (469400) in lower left and upper right corners of pane Verso text Promotional text