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The International Society of
World Wide Stamp Collectors

ISWSC Youth and Beginner Services

The ISWSC is committed to provide youth leaders with resources of educational and fun activities for their groups and worldwide beginners of all ages with assistance. We have connections with many stamp organizations and can assist you in finding the specific help you need. You do not need to be an ISWSC member to request our help.

Youth Merit Award Medal

Here are the details for awarding an International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collector's Youth Merit Award medal to be presented at your stamp exhibition along with a packet of worldwide stamps. It is available free of charge, but we do request that any inquiries be made at least 4 weeks before its presentation.

Our award criteria are:

1. The youth competition must have a minimum of 50 pages at least 8 1/2 by 11 inches in size;

2. There must be a minimum of 5 competitors entered in the youth category displaying any type of philatelic material, all of whom are under the age of 18;

3. The winning entry must show a minimum of 50% worldwide (non-US) philatelic material.

Judges and the exhibit committee are free to set whatever additional qualifiers they deem necessary to bestow the award. Should your show not qualify under these conditions, please write to the address below and exceptions will be considered. We would also appreciate receiving notification of the merit award winner's name, age and exhibit title for publication in our bimonthly newsletter, The Circuit

Send requests to:

ISWSC Youth Merit Award
Richard Rizzo (#2215)
18300 Winter Park Ct
Gaithersburg, MD 20879-4626 - USA

Youth Awards

Stamp shows with a minimum of 5 youth exhibits and 50 pages on display may award an ISWSC Certificate of Merit to the young person whose exhibit makes outstanding use of worldwide stamps.

ISWSC Youth Merit Award Certificate

The International Society of Stamp Collectors will provide a Youth Merit Award Certificate along with a packet of worldwide stamps to any Boy or Girl Scout who earns their Stamp Collecting Merit Badge. To get your certificate and stamps, send your request to the address above along with either a photo of your Stamp Collecting Merit Badge or a letter/email from your Scout Leader confirming that you earned the Stamp Collecting Merit Badge.

Other Services for Youth and Beginners

Make sure you also check out our special offer of free stamps for kids. Beginners may also submit questions to the ISWSC Stamp Answer Man.

Youth and Beginner Services Contact

For more information about any of these youth and beginner services, E-mail Richard Rizzo at