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Youth Will Be Served

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Membership in stamp collecting organizations is dropping.

Now, whether that indicates an actual lack of interest in stamp collecting or a lack of 
interest in the organizations is a matter of debate.

But the concern inevitably brings calls to get more kids involved in stamp collecting.

Is that really the answer?

Kids who collect stamps generally collect LOTS of things - coins, sports cards, stickers, 
you name it, all at once. We call it "the collecting gene." Eventually, they settle on 
one or two areas...which may or may not include stamps.

While some NEVER stop, a significant number quit for high school, college and getting 
careers started. Some do come back to stamps later; others don't.

And we've found that one-on-one mentoring is much more effective than big programs.

So it seems to me that pouring money into youth stamp collecting programs CAN build a 
good foundation for the future  but it's only PART of the solution.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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