Girl Scout Camp Savings Fund Stamps & Booklets

Girl Scout Camp Saving Fund Booklets were a useful and fun way for girls to save for camp. Once a girl earned a dime or two, she could go to her council office and buy a stamp - saving her way to camp!

This items were  invariably done locally and are a rare find these days.

Many thanks to the Alvaters, who donated some of the images shown here!

Above: Undated generic Girl Scout Camp Savings Fund booklet showing a 5 cents red stamp.

Right: 1941 Camp Saving System booklet for Camp St. Albans, WA showing a hand-drawing on the cover of what that camp stamp may have looked like.

 

Above: 1949 Girl Scout Camp Savings Fund Booklet - the close-up of the stamps shows that this council took the extra step to have the camp stamps embossed, to prevent fakes.

Ernie Altvater writes: This program was apparently inspired by the U.S. Savings Stamp program (remember -- you could buy 10-cent and 25-cent savings stamps at the Post Office, and when you reached $18.75 you could trade in your stamp booklet for a  savings bond that would be worth $25 when matured), only the idea was that a girl would save for summer camp. The card has a total of 90 spaces (36 on  the front side, 54 on the back) and was folded to one-third size.  I've seen Girl Scout Camp Fund stamps in 5-cent, 10-cent, and 25-cent denominations. 

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