Swaps were widely exchanged at national Girl Scout Senior Roundups in the 1950's and 1960's.
In more recent years, some Girl Scouts describe the types of objects as SWAPS:
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.
- Tell something about the givers or their group.
- Represent the givers' country, community, or local Girl Scout council.
- 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 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.
- Include SWAPs with thank-you letters to sponsors and those who helped them go to a travel or 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.
- Never refuse to swap with another Girl Scout.
- Swap face-to-face.
- Avoid using glass and sharp objects in swaps.
- Follow all Safety Activity Checkpoints guidelines.
- Avoid using food products, unless they are individually wrapped.
Remember to be creative, have fun and make a new friend! We know that every girl works hard to make her pins special to share with other Girl Scout sisters. Swaps are such a fun friend building activity! Let's continue the tradition!
This bee is a GSCSNJ created swap.
"We BEE-long together!"