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 at National Roundup Conferences. Swaps are a great 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 should tell something about the givers or their group. Represent the givers' country, community, or local Girl Scout council.
SWAPS can trace their roots to POTLATCH the Native American custom of a ceremonial distribution of gifts.
Girls should think about the kind of swap they would like to receive from someone else. Be creative and take time to make hand crafted swaps. Try to have one swap for each event participant and staff member. Make a variety of swaps when attending camporee or large function to exchange.
S.W.A.P.S. do not have to be pins.
They can be bracelets, necklaces, council patches, event patches, or other small items.
Put swaps in a photo box, on a hat, t-shirt or jacket or in a clear zippered plastic bag.
Make a felt swap banner or fabric swap necklace.
Purchase Home Depot two pocket aprons - one pocket for swaps to give and one pocket for the swaps you receive.
Swap Safety and Etiquette:
Girls should never refuse to swap with another person.
Avoid using food products, unless they are individually wrapped.
Low Cost & Fun Swap:
Purchase safety pins at the Dollar Tree.
Make personalized paper swaps (about 16 per sheet).
Laminate paper sheets at Lakeshore Learning.
Punch a little hole in the corner of the swap.
Add safety pin.
Check Pinterest for additional Swap ideas.