Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey is a member of the GSUSA Pen Pal Network which assists troops in initiating correspondence with other troops around the country. If you are a Heart of New Jersey troop leader and your troop is interested, please read the following guidelines. Please remember it may take several months to get another troop's address, so patience will be necessary. Also note that it is not possible to be linked with pen pals outside the United States.
Girl Scout Troop Leaders are Requested To:
- Make links by getting in touch with the Pen Pal Coordinator at their own council. GSHNJ Leaders only, submit your request using the Online Pen Pal Link Request Form. All others contact your own council.
- Encourage Girl Scouts linked as pen pals to correspond for at least one year from the link placement date.
Suggestions for Girl Scout Troop/Groups When Writing:
- TELL YOUR PEN PAL(S) ABOUT...
- Yourself, your family, your home, your friends
- Your neighborhood and town, your special holidays
- Your Girl Scout troop, your community activities, your leaders, and other adult friends
- FIND OUT MORE BY...
- Asking questions about their special interests, their schools, Girl Scout activities, and their state, local town or neighborhood
- Sending snapshots, sketches, maps, magazines, recipes, games, songs
- Getting information on their state from libraries and people in your community
- Girls should not plan to use a pen pal link just to complete a badge or bridging requirement, or only to provide input for a Thinking Day activity or project. Pen Pal links should be requested only by Girl Scout troop leaders for Girl Scout troops (Brownie through Ambassador Girl Scout levels) interested in long-term correspondence (one year minimum).
- Print your name, address, and zip code clearly on the envelope and the letter.
- Use a pen and print your letters carefully. Script writing can be quite varied.