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Reaching out to Young Collectors On-line
Young Stamp Collectors of America (YSCA) is a division of the American Philatelic Society created to promote the hobby to young stamp collectors (under age 18) on the internet.
YSCA Membership Includes:
YSCA eNewsletter - A colorful e-newsletter is sent quarterly filled with articles, how-to's, collecting basics, activities, stamp offers, and more!
On-line Monthly Meetings - Chat with fellow members from many areas of the United States.
Official Meetings - Two live meetings are held annually at our APS stamp shows.
YSCA Members Only Area - YSCA members can log-in and view special messages, archives of past eNewsletters, collecting tips, and more!
Pen Pal Services - YSCA members can become friends with other members in the United States or the world. Trade stamps, trade covers, or just write to learn more about someone else's stamp collecting interests.
Treasure Package - When you join you will recieve a treasure package which includes a first day cover, packet of stamps, collecting information, and special offers.
Regular Membership - open to any person of good character, under age 18. The signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for all applicants.
Cost: $10 per year
Family Membership - available for two or more youths in the same household for $15 per year. Each new youth family member will receive a "treasure" package.
Cost: $15/household per year
Supporting Membership - Adult collectors interested in showing their support for youth philately are welcome to join as Supporting Members. We invite them to offer advice, share financial and in-kind donations, and participate in volunteer opportunities at the American Philatelic Center and at the APS annual shows, StampShow and AmeriStamp Expo. Adult members receive the YSCA quarterly e-newsletter, and e-mail alerts on new leader activities, seminars, and support materials, as well as notices of volunteer opportunities.
Cost: $20 per year
I started collecting stamps by cutting them off of envelopes and storing them in a box. One year later, I got a stamp-collecting starter kit for Christmas. I then started collecting more stamps, first day covers, and full sheets. I think stamps are cool, because they can have anything on them, from wars to super heroes. Stamp collecting is an exciting hobby.
Thanks, Gideon, 13 years old