Crafting for Girl Scouts

Were you a Scout? I was-- for years I loved being a Girl Scout. I had the brown beanie, the socks with the tassels, and the sash filled with patches. (don't laugh!)

This year, Afton is a Daisy Scout. Her troop is made up of other Kindergarteners from her school. And she has two fearless leaders who have been fantastic with the girls. And this Sunday is the official "World Thinking Day" celebration. The girls will meet with other Girl Scouts and learn about 10 different countries.

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Now I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about Girl Scouts-- I mean I had the socks with the tassels for heaven's sake! But then we were told our troop needed to bring 200 'swaps' to the event. What in the world is a swap??

Well, I Googled it... and according to the official Girl Scout website, a 'swap' is

"Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere"

 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. And according to the website, 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 can look like this

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or this

or even this

Some tips for a swap are as follows:
-Spend little to no money
-Make swaps that can be worn
-Try to have one swap for each event participant and staff member (hence the 200 needed)
-Be creative!

I think swaps might be right up my alley! We went to Hobby Lobby today and collected some supplies to make our swaps. The girls will be making 'daisy swaps' by attaching pins to pre-cut felt shapes similar to these. We will also attach our troop number. The daisies are fitting for our new Daisy troop. And I think they will be perfect for our first 'swap' experience.

Have you ever made a 'swap'? Any tips or hints for the 'art of swap' making?

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  1. What a sweet idea! But 200 of anything...yikes! That's a lot of assembly! Have fun!

  2. Thank you for the very cute Daisy swap idea! My daughter just transferred into a new troop and they've already earned their Vi petal. I'm thinking my daughter can make these swaps with a little "about me" paper to help her earn her Vi petal and "be a sister to every Girl Scout."


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