Tuesday, September 10, 2013

SWAPS - Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere

SWAPS - Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere

by Cassie R.

My earliest experience with Girl Scout SWAPS was in second grade when my Brownie Troop went Association camping at Camp Blue Bay. I remember seeing older Girl Scouts trading little hand-made pins with other Girl Scouts, almost like trading baseball cards only instead girls would trade hand-made mementos that shared information about themselves. They would share and exchange these gifts with friends and sisters, building a bond with Girl Scouting as the common thread. These pins came in all shape, sizes and colors; in unique and creative designs. I remember wanting to swap as many SWAPS as I could, gathering tons of new Girl Scout friendships.  

SWAPS (aka "Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere") are small mementos which are handmade and represent the girl, her country, her community, or her background. SWAPS often have a little note or tag attached to them that provides a name, troop number, address or email and sometimes, even a little quote or message… this is so that new friendships and pen pals can be formed with Girl Scouts from other states or countries.

Over my years as a Girl Scout, I have seen many creative SWAPS! From butterflies to lollipops, to camp fires and frying pans. SWAPS are all about being creative and sharing your favorite things with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all over the world. 

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