Our web page for our young stamp collectors

November 16, 2015
Was also a SUCCESS!

We wish to express our gratitude and thanks to all the parents and grandparents who made the effort to bring the young people to the Award Night. It was great fun besides the awards - free stamps and cookies and punch.

Youth Stamp Fair 2015 WAS A SUCCESS

Sponsors: Ventura County Philatelic Society and Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club
c/o John Weigle, P.O. Box 6536, Ventura, CA 93006-6536

Thousands of free stamps along with “basic training” for stamp collectors will be offered at the 24th annual Youth Stamp Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Dudley House Museum, 197 N. Ashwood, Ventura.
The event is sponsored by the Ventura County Philatelic Society and the Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club and, despite the name, is open to everyone who wants to learn more about stamp collecting, which has been called the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings, said John Weigle of Oxnard, chairman of the event and a member of the adult society and adviser to the Anacapa Middle School club.
The Youth Stamp Fair offers a goodie bag to everyone who attends, free stamps, several work stations where stamp collecting techniques are explained, games, a cachet (pictorial envelope) contest, Geosafari games related to stamps, and a large where visitors can search for stamps for their collections. The stamps are free for those up to age 18 and 5 cents each for those above 18. Visitors will also be able to make bookmarks with stamps.
The U.S. Postal Service has approved a special postmark featuring the Ventura Pier and a poinsettia for the event. The artwork for the cancel was prepared by Carolyn Weber, a member of the adult club. The cancel will be used on the cacheted covers prepared by young artists and is available to any visitor who wants it as long as the item offered for the cancellation has first-class postage on it.
The “goodie bag” will include stamps, a color catalog of U.S. stamps, several pamphlets on stamp collecting and a CD containing free stamp albums from the American Philatelic Society, the American Stamp Dealers Association, the American Topical Association and the International Society of World Wide Stamp Collectors and other literature.
More information about the Youth Stamp Fair may be obtained from Weigle at 805-485-7121 or by email (preferred) at jweigle@bvcent.com
The Ventura County Philatelic Society meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Church of the Foothills,

6279 Foothill Road Ventura. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. The Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club meets every Monday during the lunch hour and is open only to Anacapa students.
If you have a calendar section:
What: Youth Stamp Fair
When 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2015
Where: Dudley House Museum, 197 N. Ashwood St., Ventura
Admission: Free
Purpose: To provide an introduction to stamp collecting.
More information: John Weigle, 805-485-7121; email (preferred), jweigle@vcnet.com
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Websites especially for kids

Here is a website that Courtney Phillips, a mentor and tutor for a small group of kids in her local area who thought it would idea to add this to our page for the youth. Thank you all for this suggestion:

Here is a website suggested by the students of Health/FACS Cleary Mountain MS, Room 42 and their teacher Irina Ford - enjoy!


And here’s another new one:

American Philatelic Society — Free pamphlets and activity sheets for kids

Main page: http://www.stamps.org

Free album pages: http://stamps.org/Free-Album-Pages

Oceania Philatelic Galleries — Youth Collector’s Gallery

The Australian Philatelic Federation — Includes area just for juniors

Junior Philatelists on the Internet — Excellent Web site with lots of stuff for beginning collectors.

The U.S. Boy Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Requirements — Lots of links to other pages

The British North American Philatelic Society — Stamp Collecting for Kids

A Custom Guide for Kids and Adults: Stamp Collecting and Philately
Young Stamp Collectors of America - YSCA

Helping parents help kids collect stamps



American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823 - for our cancel.

American Stamp Dealers Association, 3 School St., Glen Cove, NY 11542 - for albums.

American Topical Association,P.O. Box 8, Carterville, IL,
(topical pages in PDF form and general guide to collecting).

Claude C. Ries Chapter of the American First Day Cover Society (many first-day covers for prizes and other uses).

Kenmore Stamp Co., 119 West St., PO Box 331, Milford, NH 03055-4872 for stamps.

Kett's Koin Kastle, 820 Wagon Wheel Rd., Oxnard, CA - for material for prizes.

Mystic Stamp Co., 9700 Mill Street, Camden, NY 11316 (color U.S. catalogs, stamp collecting kits).

U.S. Postal Service - for production of the cancel and approval of its use.

Ventura County Star, PO Box 6006, Camarillo, CA 93011 - for design a stamp contest, publicity.

All the mass media outlets that publicized the Youth Stamp Fair