Pen Pals allow your scouts to virtually meet other scouts around the world in a safe way.
Communication with youth from other places can be used to fulfill requirements for achievements, merit badges, and awards. Besides, it's fun!
The process is fairly simple and ongoing communications are completely up to you.
- Register your Unit - Dens, Patrols, or other groups with a responsible adult register, not individual scouts.
- Request Pen Pals. Find other groups that have registered and send them an invitation which they accept or decline.
- Send Messages. Scouts can send these messages with the guidance of the responsible adult.
- Receive Messages. All correspondence to each Pen Pal is stored and can be viewed at any time.
Messages can be sent through this Pen Pal system so that your email addresses and postal addresses are never shared. Only people that have registered can access the system, and access can be revoked by us at any time.
If you prefer, you can share your addresses with your Pen Pals. You can also exchange contact information with your Pen Pals and communicate outside of this Pen Pal system via phone, postal mail, or email. This allows you to have individual scouts interact with other individuals, but all security and protection is up to you.
All messages sent through this Pen Pal system are stored in a database. This allows us to monitor the messages and revoke privileges to anyone abusing the system.
As a user, you have the ability to report anything you observe as abuse.
If you'd like to collect postcards from Scouting groups in all 50 United States, try the Postcard Exchange program, too. (for US scouts only)