SWAPs should tell something about the givers or their group (girls may include their address or email information so others can write to them) and represent the givers' country, community, or local Girl Scout council.
There are several meanings for the term, but these are some of the most common ones:
Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned
Shared With A Pal
Sharing With a Purpose
It is likely that the idea for Swaps came from the potlatch ceremonies of the Native American Tribes of the Northwest coast. Potlatch ceremonies involved the trading of colored feathers as a sign of friendship. The ceremony is said to have developed in remembrance of two Native American girls who gave colored feathers plucked from a magic bird to colorless birds, thus ensuring all birds would have colored
feathers. Potlatch ceremonies commemorated their gift and were held in conjunction with other family and tribal celebrations, such as births and marriages. The traditional invitation to a potlatch ceremony was the arrival of a messenger bearing the news and a bundle of sticks, one stick for each participant expected to attend.
It is believed that the very first SWAP was exchanged by Lord Baden Powell at a Jamboree in 1924.
“ Girl Scouts began trading SWAPS at the National Roundups.”
Bend a 3" piece of wire in half. Feed it through the safety pin hole. Next, feed the red bead on both wires all the way down to the safety pin. Bend a 2" piece of wire around the "body" wire, and add a small black bead. Bend another 2" piece of wire around the "body" wire, and add another small black bead. Bend the last piece of 2" wire around the "body" wire, and add the large black bead. Bend the "body" wire up and curl the ends with needle-nosed pliers. Curl all of the ends of 2" pieces you attached to the "body." Hot glue all the wire into place, making sure the "legs" are down, and the "antennae" are up. Glue the wiggle eyes on.
Glue the wiggle eyes onto the pompom. Glue the pompom to the tag, and attach a safety pin.
Chigger Song (Tune: Polly Wolly Doodle ) There was a little chigger And he wasn’t any bigger Than the head of a very small pin But the bump that he raises Just itches like the blazes And that’s where the rub comes in. CHORUS: Comes in, comes in and that’s where the rub comes in. Cause the bump that he raises just itches like the blazes And that’s where the rub comes in.
Cut out sets of bat wings from the black felt. The wings should be roughly 4 inches long and 2 inches wide, depending on the size of your pom-poms. Glue the pom-pom to the wings. This is the bat's head and body. Glue the wiggle eyes to the bat's face. After glue dries, attach safety pin to the wing.
Cut out sets of bat wings from the black craft foam. Cut out circle shape head. Glue wings onto the “wings” of the binder clip. Glue head onto the back of the binder clip. Glue wiggle eyes onto the head. Attach pin.
Cut poster board into circles about the size of a quarter. Cut yarn into 1/4" pieces. For each bird nest you will need about 1 heaping tablespoon of cut up yarn. Mix in about 1/2 teaspoon of tacky glue. Roll yarn and glue mixture together to form a ball. Add more glue if necessary. Flatten ball a little. Press thumbs into the middle to make the nest shape. Set on top of a circle of poster board. Let dry overnight. Glue in packing pellets or white pony beads for eggs.
Paint a small clothespin green. Let dry. Cut a 6" piece of craft wire. Bend it into shape for the legs as shown. Glue to the clothespin. Glue on wiggle eyes. Dab ends of green craft wire with hot glue. Then poke a hole in front of the clothespin using a pin. Insert “antenna” and glue into hole.