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Girl Scouts is all about making friends. And there’s no better way to expand your troop’s circle of friends than to join the Girl Scout Pen Pal Network.
A pen pal is a friend you get to know through letters. She usually lives in another state or country, and will write about her hometown, school, family, pets, customs and traditions, special interest, or talents. Pen pals share things like games, recipes, solutions to problems and photos.
The national Girl Scout Pen Pal Network connects Brownie, Junior, and older girl troops with girls across the country to form lasting friendships. As participants in this program, troops are asked to correspond with pen pals for at least one year after the link is made.
Is your troop in Girl Scouts
of Northern California?
To participate, fill out our online request form. Troops should NOT contact other councils directly. Please be patient while waiting to be matched with your pen pals.
Is your troop from another council?
Please contact the Pen Pal coordinator at your council. In order to ensure girls' safety, Girl Scouts of Northern California will only match girls from other councils who have come through their council's Pen Pal coordinators.
Pen Pal Guidelines
- Girl Scouts of Northern California is a member of the Girl Scout Pen Pal Network. We are able to make links with troops in other Girl Scout councils in the United States, depending on availability.
- Troops must be Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors.
- Troops are matched by program level and troop size. There are no provisions for individual pen pals, however, we occasionally match Juliette (individually registered) girls as well.
- All troops matched through the Girl Scout Pen Pal Network are expected to maintain correspondence for at least one year (This doesn’t mean that after a year, you stop corresponding; many Girl Scouts keep writing to their pen pals for as long as 25 years!)
- Pen Pal troops are not currently available through the network in Hawaii or Alaska.
- Matches will be made as quickly as possible and can be made at any time.
Pen Pals Outside the United States
The International Pen Pal program conducted by GSUSA is under revision and they are not currently accepting requests. While the International Pen Pals program is under review, Girl Scout leaders and girls who have internet access can visit the WAGGGS visitors' book web site at www.wagggsworld.org.
Although staff from the WAGGGS World Bureau in London, England monitors the WAGGGS Web site regularly, GSUSA advises that girls NOT use their last names or share their e-mail addresses when signing the guest book. If continued correspondence is desired, Girl Scout leaders should contact other leaders using an e-mail address set up for that purpose so that replies can be screened.
How to get started
- The troop decides together if they want to be a pen pal with another troop in the US.
- Complete the Girl Scout Pen Pal Network online request form.
- Wait while the council finds a troop that is looking for a pen pal in California. This will take at least one month.
- You will receive a notification email from the Pen Pal Coordinator that includes how to contact the pen pal troop's leader.
- You can choose to write a letter or email from the whole troop OR each girl and leader can write her own.
- Make sure your envelopes have the correct postage before mailing. A visit to the Post Office is a fun and educational experience.