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The Swiss Scout Stamps

Swiss Post has so far issued three Scout stamps, all in connection with anniversaries. This article is a supplement to the article in newsletter No. 4/88:

From the 5-Rp. In the meantime, several other versions of the brand name have become known, some of which are only visible with a magnifying glass.
The third path mark appeared in 2007.

1963 Sondermarke Pfadinder ungestempelt1969 Sondermarke 50 Jahre Schweizerische Pfadinderinnen ungestempelt2007 Sondermarke 100 Jahre PfadfinderInnen
1963:50 Years of Scouts50 Years of Girl Scouts2007:100 Years of Scouts

1.50 years of the Swiss Scout Federation

Three years after the Boy Scout Camp on Brownsea Island, led by Baden-Powell, in 1910, a "Boy Scout Association Pro Patria" was founded in Basel, but it soon returned.

In 1910, the idea of scoutism began to take root in the then existing "Youth Club" in Geneva, and a year later the "scout method" found its way into the youth organization of the Christian Association of Young Men (CVJM). In 1912, the leaders of the "Unions cadettes de la Suisse romande" (cadets' association) in Neuchâtel laid the foundations of Swiss scouting. German-speaking groups from all over Switzerland joined this new movement next year.

The Swiss Scout Association was founded on 5 October 1913. This was a complete success and so in 1963 the anniversary was celebrated with the issue of an advertising stamp. The value of CHF 0.05 was published on 21 March 1963 in a six-value version comprising Series.

DesignEric Poncy, Grange-Canal
PrintingRotogravure printing by Courvoisier SA, La-Chaux-de-Fonds
PaperSmooth, white chalk paper, blue and white fibrous, without watermark
Sheet4 sheets per cylinder (A-D) of 25 marks each with trilingual inscription
(german, french, italian)
Sales timefrom 18.03.1963, while stocks last, at the latest until 30.9.1963
Unlimitedvalidity period
edition11'944'309 pieces
Perforation11 ¾

Some insignificant variations and printing coincidences are known from this brand.

Bogen à 25 Marken, Bogen D, die Bogennummer befindet sich neben der untersten Marke rechts.

Sheet of 25 stamps, sheet D, the sheet number is next to the lowest stamp on the right.

Brauner Umschlag für 20 Bogen, „pli“.

Brown envelope for 20 sheets,"pli".

The following versions of this brand are still known today (numbers according to Zumstein special catalogue):

Disk failure

395.2.01 coloured dots or dashes, small defects of etching, e. g. warts on the chin (sheet C111 3rd mark); red dot on the number 5; grey dot on the 1st mark; red dot on the left. F by boy scouts; white dot under the chin; white horizontal strokes of more or less strength; red, fine strokes (sheet A111 13. mark, horizontal from ear to flag, sheet A111 17. mark, vertical under left edge of hat); light spot to the left of left eye.
395.2.02 Lightening vertical left from the edge of the hat up to the number 5


395.3.01 a) Retouching at the T of Helvetia (sheet D111,21. stamp)
b) Retouching at the head of A of Helvetia (sheet B111,17. stamp)
395.3.02 Retouching over A of Helvetia in margin (sheet B111,21. stamp)

2.50 years of girl scouts in Switzerland

After the scouts, the subsequently founded Girl Scout Troops were also successful throughout Switzerland, but there was still no coherence among themselves. On the initiative of Mrs J. Paschoud, a first meeting was convened in Lausanne in 1917, which led to the founding of the Confederation of Swiss Girl Scouts on 4 October 1919.

To mark the 50th anniversary of this alliance, an advertising brand was also launched. The value of Fr. -. 10 appeared on 13 February 1969 in a series of five values.

1969 FDC 50 Jahre Schweizerische Pfadfinderinnern

First day cover with 3 path stamps and inscription in the margin of the sheet, postage correct, inland letter up to 250g,
official envelope of the post office.

Umschlag Bogen Pfadfinderinnen-Sondermarken

Insert sheet of a "pli"; 20 sheets of 50 stamps each were packed in a plastic sleeve.

Designby Ehrhard Meier, Winterthur
PrintingRotogravure printing by Courvoisier SA, La-Chaux-de-Fonds
PaperSmooth, white chalk paper with fluorescent and violet fibres, without
Sheet2 sheets per cylinder (A + B) with 50 stamps each with trilingual inscription
(German, French and Italian)
Sales timefrom 13.02.1969
Unlimitedvalidity period
Circulation19'981'000 pcs
Perforation11 ¾

Of this mark, only a few print randomities are known, e. g. small white dot.

3.100 years of scout movement

Lord Baden Powell (1857-1941), the founder of the scout movement, was colonel of the English army and defended the besieged town of Mafeking (South Africa) against the Boers for 217 days. During this time he used boys for messenger services and as scouts. This was the impetus for him to develop an education programme for young people. To test this in practice, he conducted a camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 with 26 boys. This event is considered to be the foundation of the scout movement, which spread all over the world.

As part of the joint Euro-CEPT editions, Swiss Post decided on 10 May 2007 to publish only a value of CHF 1.00 on the occasion of its anniversary.

DesignMarc Weller, Berne
Printing4-colour offset printing by the Oesterreichische Staatdruckerei Wien
PaperSmooth, white paper with phosphor paper
sheet220x190 mm, 6 rows of 3 triangular stamps and 12 vignettes
Sales timefrom 27 April 2007 to March 2008 (sold out)
Validityfrom 10 May 2007 unlimited
Circulation1'620'000 pcs
Perforation13 1/2 : 13 ¾

No versions of this brand are known to date

2007 Einschreibe-Brief Sondermarke 100 Jahre PfadfinderInnen

Registered first day cover, postage-fairly, with 5 stamps à 1 Fr., first day envelope of the post office.
In contrast to the two previous editions, a motif-related first day stamp was used.

2007 Bogen  Sondermarke 100 Jahre PfadfinderInnen

Sheet of the 2007 path mark with 18 stamps and printed fields instead of printed margins.
From this, different se-tenants could be printed together, see also in the stamp catalogues