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Pen Pal & Digital Pen Pal Program

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!

 

Pen Pal Program FAQ

The Scouts Canada Pen Pal Program (PPP) 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 173 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 by exchanging letters, postcards and/or greeting cards, etc.! 

 The aim of the Digital Pen Pal Program (DPPP) is to facilitate online interaction between registered members of Scouts Canada and registered members from other National Scout Organizations (NSO).  The traditional Pen Pal method used letters and/or postcards, but DPPP focuses on digital interaction through email, virtual meetings, and digital photographs, etc. 

 
 

Once an NSO has indicated to Scouts Canada that it has a section/group interested in participating in PPP/DPPP, Scouts Canada will do its best to facilitate a linkup. A Canadian section/group with similar interests will be identified, and a Canadian Scouter provided with the NSO’s contact information. Once the Scouters have connected, they will collect, review, collate and send their section/group’s correspondence and photos, as well as remain responsible for youth behavior. 

The Contact Scouter or the Group Commissioner of a section/group must register the section/group by contacting the National Coordinator at penpal@scouts.ca telling us what group you belong to, your area, council and if there’s a country you’d like to partner with. All participants in this program must be an active registered member of Scouts Canada. 

If you have already 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/Digital Pen Pal Program are here to help groups get connected with other groups in other parts of the world. 

When you register for the Pen Pal Program/Digital 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. 

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.

No, you will need to sign up with your section or group. The basic program format requires section/group interaction, NOT individual contact. 

To protect youth privacy, first names, ages, interests and hometown are all shareable information; personal email addresses, telephone numbers and home addresses are not. Photographs must conform to any NSO privacy rules. When meeting virtually, the “Two Scouters” rule will be observed. What this means is that two Scouters from each NSO will be online during each virtual meeting to guide its conduct. Parents are also welcome to participate in virtual meetings as observers.