Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere

I’ve mentioned SWAPS a few times, and since we’re getting started to work on ours, I thought I’d share some information taken from the Girl Scout Website.

Swaps, the tradition of Girl Scouts exchanging keepsakes, started long ago when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides first gathered for fun, song, and making new friends.

Originally, swaps were exchanged at national Girl Scout Senior Roundups and referred to as “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.”

Swaps are still the perfect way for Girl Scouts to meet each other and promote friendship. Each one is a memory of a special event or Girl Scout Sister.

Swaps Basics

Swaps should:

  • Tell something about the givers or their troop/group. (Girls may include their address or email information so others can write to them.)
  • Represent the givers’ country, community, or local Girl Scout council.

Tips for Swaps Givers

Girls should:

  • Think about the kind of swap they would like to receive from someone else.
  • Try not to spend a lot of money. Consider making something from donated or recycled material.
  • Be creative, and take time to make hand-crafted swaps. (Include directions for making the swap if it is a craft project that can be replicated.)
  • Try to have one swap for each event participant and staff member.
  • Plan ahead so there’s time to make the swaps.
  • Make swaps that can be worn, used, or displayed.
  • Ask their troop/group or service unit for help, if needed, in putting swaps together.
  • Make swaps portable. Remember: Swaps must be carried or shipped ahead to the event, where other girls will be carrying them away.

What to Do With Swaps

Girls can:

  • Include swaps with thank-you letters to sponsors and those who helped them go to a travel or STUDIO 2BSM destinations event.
  • Make a display or scrapbook for travel night or troop visits.
  • Keep swaps in a memory box or shadow box.
  • Make a quilt, using swaps.
  • Put pins and patches on a hat or jacket.
  • Start a council best-of-swaps collection.

Swap Safety and Etiquette

Girls should:

  • Never refuse to swap with another person.
  • Swap face-to-face, especially if exchanging addresses or email information.
  • Avoid using glass and sharp objects in swaps.
  • Follow all Safety-Wise guidelines.
  • Avoid using food products, unless they are individually wrapped.

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What my troop used to do, was we had a length of felt and we’d attach our SWAPS to the felt and pin it to our vest. The girls have decided they want to wear hats instead to pin their SWAPS on. I’ve seen some troops take length of yarn or fabric and make a belt of it, and pin their SWAPS on that. As you can see, there are so many different ways to display your swaps.

Kinds of SWAPS we’ve made/received are:

sleeping bags rolled up; Girl Scout Cookies; Toothbrushes; Toilet brushes; rainbows; drums; flowers; smores, etc

those are just the ones I can remember without looking at my oldest daughter’s SWAP collection. The fun thing about SWAPS is that you can swap them at a party, special get togethers, or a planned event with a new troop. Perhaps finding a troop overseas to do an exchange with would be fun πŸ™‚

There are many things you can do with SWAPS! Why not make some with your troop today?

Good links to SWAPS:

*don’t buy SWAPS πŸ˜‰ Use this as a way to see other SWAPS and get ideas on what your girls can make








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