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 Girl Scout

Special  • Whatchamacallits  • Affectionately  • Pinned • Somewhere
-- or --
Share • With • A • Pal


The following information is comprised from:
The History

      The origin of SWAPS is Native American. Potlatch is the ceremonial
exchange of gifts practiced by Native Americans of Northwest Coastal
tribes. (More detailed info. about Potlatch  can be found on the above

      The idea of SWAPS was started at the original National Roundup
Conferences. At that time a SWAP was a little remembrance that one
 Scout gave another. SWAPS are handmade, thus the girl is giving a
 part of herself to show friendship. Swaps are exchanged at National
Conventions, Council events, Wider Ops, SU or neighborhood
events, troop meetings and most frequently at day camp. They
can have a tag attached with the event name and date or the
Troop number, Council name or State.

      Swapping promotes friendship, and encourages girls to talk
 to other people.  SWAPS are great mementos of a good time
as well as a great way to share something about where we live
and what we do.





Top of Page: Felt Smore, Spider, Fly Swatter (Don’t Let Life Bug You”)
Above: Mini Kaper Chart, Silver and Gold, GS Sign,
(“to replace the ones you lost”),
and a Clown
(made on a pop can tab - “Just Clowning Around.”)

SWAPping Manners

    SWAPping "do’s and don’ts" vary from council to council but 
    there are some basic rules that everyone should be aware of. 
    SWAPS for trade are carried separately from the ones you 
    want to keep. Keepers are frequently pinned on to hats 
    or bandanas. Sometimes they are pinned onto a specific area 
    of a shirt. SWAPS for trade can be in a SWAP bag, zipper 
    baggie, shoe box, a friendship tie or pinned onto ribbon, any thing 
    that can be easily carried. SWAPS are usually 1" to 2".


    It is considered very rude to refuse to swap 
    with someone who asks.
    If you don’t like the item you have been given or already 
    have an identical SWAP, accept it politely and give them
     one of yours with a Girl Scout smile. (Try to make
     your SWAPS something you would want to receive.) 
    ALWAYS say thank you!


    Try to have a few extra SWAPS on hand for those people 
    who don’t have any to give in return. Most SWAPS have a
     pin on them so they can be pinned to a hat or a shirt but 
    they don’t have to. 

    SWAPS should NOT contain edible food. 
    Food items can attract bugs and critters when outdoors.

Some SWAP idea sites:











Don’t have the time to prepare?

You can order SWAP kits!





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More on Swaps
Keepsakes for Girl Scouts

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.

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 now preferred as swaps by calling them:

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 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 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 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 Activity Checkpoints guidelines.
·         Avoid using food products, unless they are individually wrapped.