Here’s your chance to discover a whole world of Scouting outside your meeting hall. By participating with your Group in the ScoutsAbroad Pen Pal Program, you’ll have the opportunity to talk with members of Scouting from around the world. You can make connections and learn all about what Scouts do in other countries. This is your opportunity to get involved in international Scouting even at a younger age. Imagine all the places in the world and new international friends that are waiting to be discovered by you!

Countries Available for Pen Pals

Country Preferred section to link with

Australia Beaver Scouts (Colony – ages 5-7)
United Kingdom Beaver Scouts (Colony – ages 5-7)

Groups in Canada Available for Pen Pals

Group Location Preferred section to link with

Nanaimo, BC Eastern Canada, Cub Scouts

Want to participate? Contact the National Coordinator at PenPal@scouts.ca.

Penpal Program FAQs

What is the Pen Pal Program?

The ScoutsAbroad Pen Pal Program is a way for every youth, starting with the youngest Beaver Scout, can make friends with Scouts around the world. There are over 30 million Scouts in 161 countries worldwide. Through the Pen Pal Program, you can learn about different customs, learn about how scouting is different (and how it’s the same) and make new friends in every corner of the world!

How do I get a pen pal?

First, you must register by emailing penpal@scouts.ca and telling us what group you belong to, your area, council and if there’s a country you’d like to partner with. You just have to be an active, registered member of Scouts Canada.

I know of another Scout Group in another country. Why can’t I just email them?

If you’ve made friends with another group in another country, you can absolutely write to them! This is part of what scouting is all about! The Pen Pal Program is there to help groups get connected with other groups in other parts of the world.

I really want to get a pen pal in a specific country. How can I do that?

When you register for the Pen Pal Program, you can indicate not only what country you would like to correspond with, but also what age section, like another group of Beaver Scouts.

What if I don’t like the pen pal we get?

You can contact penpal@scouts.ca and we can help you find a new one. Remember though, it could take a few emails back and forth before you really can really know the other group.

Why should we go through the Pen Pal Program? Can’t we just find a contact ourselves?

Using the Pen Pal Program is a safe and secure way to make a connection. We can ensure that any group you’re paired up with is in good standing with a member organization with the World Organization of the Scout Movement. This way we can maintain our commitment to protecting our youth.

Can I sign up as an individual?

No, you will need to sign up with your section or group. This is for the safety of our youth. Having a pen pal with your group though is a great way for everyone to get involved and take their first step into the world of scouting!