SWAP Badge Class


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The original presentation for the SWAPS Try It (C) and Junior SWAPS Badge (C) of Troop 2702 (Saginaw, TX)

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  • 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. In 1924 the Imperial Jamboree was held at Wembly England, which was open to all of the Boy Scouts in the English Commonwealth. There was one group of Boy Scouts who could not attend, these Scouts had been hospitalized for a long time. Guiding/Scouting was very important part of many of these children's lives. They wore their uniforms even if bedridden and they had regular Guide/Scout activities. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting/Guiding, was concerned that these children could not take part in the Jamboree, so he came up with an idea. Each of these children could make a "Mafuzziwog". Just as the boys who attended were selected on their scouting abilities, these children would be represented by the "Mafuzziwog" they made. A "Mafuzziwog" was a SWAP that the Scouts could make out of items they could find around the hospital. Using things such as tape, thread, bandages, and even chicken bones, each Scout made their own SWAP. The best of these were displayed at the Jamboree. Hopefully, they started some special friendships between the Scouts inside the hospital with the Scouts outside. The idea of S.W.A.P.S. started at the original National Roundup Conferences. At that time a "S.W.A.P." was a little remembrance that one Girl Scout gave to another. Swapping is a good way of starting correspondence with scouts from other states and countries. For this reason you usually attach your name or troop number and address for future reference.
  • SWAP Badge Class

    1. 1. All About SWAPS Created by Lindsay Foster & Rachelle Whiteman, Leaders Girl Scout Troop 2702 (Saginaw, TX)
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Learn what a SWAP is. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about SWAP etiquette. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about types of SWAPs. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your own SWAP. </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate the cost of SWAPs. </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a SWAP? <ul><li>Swaps should: </li></ul><ul><li>Tell something about the givers or their group. (Girls may include their address or email information so others can write to them.) </li></ul><ul><li>Represent the givers' country, community, or local Girl Scout council. </li></ul>Shared With A Pal Special Whatchamacallit Affectionately Pinned Sharing With A Purpose
    4. 4. History of SWAPS <ul><li>Based on Native American Potlatch ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>First SWAP was believed to have been exchanged by Lord Baden Powell at a Jamboree in 1924. </li></ul><ul><li>First Girl Scout SWAPs were exchanged at National Roundups. </li></ul>
    5. 5. SWAP Etiquette & Tips Information about how to trade SWAPs and how to make them
    6. 6. SWAP Etiquette <ul><li>Never refuse to swap with another person. </li></ul><ul><li>Swap face-to-face, especially if exchanging addresses or email information. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid using glass and sharp objects in swaps. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow all Safety Activity Check Points guidelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid using food products, unless they are individually wrapped. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include your entire name on your SWAP. Instead use first name/last initial, a Troop number, or first initial/last name. </li></ul>
    7. 7. SWAP Tips <ul><li>Think about the kind of swap you would like to receive from someone else. </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to spend a lot of money. Consider making something from donated or recycled material. </li></ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul><ul><li>Try to have one swap for each event participant and staff member. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead so there's time to make the swaps. </li></ul><ul><li>Make swaps that can be worn, used, or displayed. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your Troop, group or service unit for help, if needed, in putting swaps together. </li></ul><ul><li>Make swaps portable. Remember: Swaps must be carried or shipped ahead to the event, where other girls will be carrying them away. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Types of Pins Find out about the different kinds of pins that may be used to attach a SWAP
    9. 9. Coil-less vs Safety Pins <ul><li>Coil-less pin </li></ul><ul><li>- Found in the jewelry section of your hobby store or megastore </li></ul><ul><li>- Has no loop or “coil” at the end </li></ul><ul><li>Safety pin </li></ul><ul><li>Found in the any megastore </li></ul><ul><li>- Has a loop or “coil” at the end preventing beads or other items from sliding freely </li></ul>
    10. 10. Types of SWAPs Find out about the different kinds that can be made and shared
    11. 11. Bag SWAPs <ul><li>Holds items that are “loose” such as glitter, sand, confetti, or beads </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to combine multiple elements </li></ul><ul><li>Holds “instant” or “mix” type SWAPs (examples: instant snow, instant snowman, instant cold, hot chocolate mix, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Holds items that otherwise are not easily held on a pin </li></ul>
    12. 12. Let’s make a bag SWAP First Aid in a Bag
    13. 13. First Aid in a Bag <ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Jewelry bag </li></ul><ul><li>Large Band Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Small Band Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol wipe </li></ul><ul><li>Q-Tip © cut in half </li></ul><ul><li>Cotton ball </li></ul><ul><li>Safety pin </li></ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Place band aids, alcohol wipe, Q-Tip and cotton ball in the jewelry bag. </li></ul><ul><li>Attach pin. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Recycled SWAPs <ul><li>Made of recycled or repurposed materials including (but not limited to) foil, bottle caps, sport bottle caps, scraps, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are repurposing it, it is a recycled SWAP. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Let’s make a recycled SWAP Poncho / Rain slicker
    16. 16. Poncho SWAP <ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Plastic table cloth or other thin plastic cut into 2 inch square or 2 inch diameter circle </li></ul><ul><li>Mini popsicle/craft stick </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent markers </li></ul><ul><li>Scissors </li></ul><ul><li>Glue dot or other adhesive (double stick tape) </li></ul><ul><li>Safety pin </li></ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><li>Fold plastic in half. </li></ul><ul><li>Cut “head” hole in plastic. </li></ul><ul><li>Slide popsicle stick through. </li></ul><ul><li>Attach adhesive under poncho to keep popsicle stick from moving. </li></ul><ul><li>Draw face on popsicle stick with permanent markers. </li></ul><ul><li>Attach pin to plastic poncho. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Traditional Girl Scout SWAPs <ul><li>Represents something related to Girl Scouting </li></ul><ul><li>Can be miniature sashes or vests or awards </li></ul><ul><li>Can celebrate Girl Scouting events or activities such as JGL Birthday, World Thinking Day, camp, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Can represent the Promise or the Law </li></ul>
    18. 18. Let’s make a traditional Girl Scout SWAP Level Vest or Sash
    19. 19. Vest or Sash SWAP <ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Brown, Tan, or Green craft foam (could also use felt) </li></ul><ul><li>Craft foam scraps (circles cut with hole punch or triangles) </li></ul><ul><li>Hot glue or craft foam glue </li></ul><ul><li>Pin </li></ul><ul><li>Directions </li></ul><ul><li>For Sash: Cut diagonal piece of craft foam. </li></ul><ul><li>Glue on scraps appropriate to level. </li></ul><ul><li>Attach pin. </li></ul><ul><li>For Vest: Cut out vest pattern (sample here ) </li></ul><ul><li>Glue on scraps appropriate to level. </li></ul><ul><li>Attach pin. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Calculate the Cost How expensive should a SWAP be?
    21. 21. SWAP Budget <ul><li>Figure out what can be donated or collected first </li></ul><ul><li>Go to several stores and see where you can get items on sale, on clearance, or for less money. </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to look in “unusual” places </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your eye out for a possible SWAPs </li></ul><ul><li>Call ahead to the store to ask if they have particular items </li></ul>
    22. 22. Congratulations! You have completed the requirements for the: GS-TOP Council’s Own Try It or the Troop 2702 Troop’s Own Junior Badge. Both are available for purchase from Troop 2702 Leadership. (All badges are $2 each) http://gstroop2702.webs.com Thank you for joining us today!
    23. 23. Want to know more? <ul><li>For more information on SWAPs, check out these sites: </li></ul><ul><li>http://girlscoutswaps.webs.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.swaps-a-lot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sunsetoaks-vista8.org/s_w_a_p_s_.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.scoutmom.net/swaps/index.htm </li></ul>
    24. 24. Want to know more? For more ideas on SWAPS, Troop 2702 has a SWAPS idea book on CD-ROM available for $5 for purchase. It includes 68 pages of ideas including assembly directions, links, and resources for SWAPS. Make checks payable to Troop 2702. Links are also available from the Troop 2702 website http://gstroop2702.webs.com
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