You’ve got mail: Scouting stamp now available

The U.S. Postal Service today released its Celebrate Scouting stamp at a special ceremony at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Hundreds of Scouts, Scouters, and visitors gathered to watch as the 44-cent stamp officially went on sale. It's now available nationwide at local Post Offices and at www.usps.com/shop .

Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, shown addressing the crowd in the picture above, said that 50,000 stamp proposals are sent to the U.S. Postal Service each year. That made the Celebrate Scouting stamp one of the precious few to make it to production.

"Today's a special day for Scouting and the U.S. Postal Service," Mazzuca said. "We owe them our utmost appreciation."

As you can see in the photo above, Scouts and Scouters were so excited about buying the stamp that many were already lined up at the Jamboree Post Office to purchase the collectible stamp.  

Joining Mazzuca in the celebration, pictured below from left: Lt. Colonel Jack Haefner, U.S. Army Fort A.P. Hill Garrison commander; Eagle Scout Jerome Biedny, who was the master of ceremonies at the event; and former Boy Scout Sam Pulcrano, vice president of sustainability for the U.S. Postal Service.

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