EUROPA 2007 A CENTURY OF SCOUTING

EUROPA 2007 A CENTURY OF SCOUTING  

12 June 2007 Scouting aims to contribute to the integral formation of young people according to principles and values defined by its founder, Robert Baden-Powell, an English general, in 1907. Today the Scout Movement is present in 216 countries and has over 38 million members made up of boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 21. The year 2007 marks the centenary of the founding of the Movement and countries belonging to PostEurop decided therefore to dedicate their EUROPA series to the celebration. Vatican City has also joined in this philatelic event by producing two stamps. On the first stamp the vision guiding Scout activities is highlighted by depicting the dimensions of exploration, knowledge and growth. On the second stamp the dimension of spiritual formation is underscored by depicting observation of the wonders of creation. On both stamps the centenary dates are shown (1907-2007) and the corners of the sheet have a cross, symbol of Catholic Scouts, and the fleur-de-lys, universal symbol of the Scouts.