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We haven't used S.W.A.P.S. in our area much. I am now coordinating a S.W.A.P.S. and Sing event for about 100 girls and I want them to exchange S.W.A.P.S. How is done in other areas? Any tips or pointers you can share is appreciated!

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Just moved to PA and it is new here. I have been in the military since a child and every place and country we used swaps. They use to have to be made out of recycled material, now they have fun foam and tons of craft products. In MO a mom was in charge of Our Swapalooza held in AUG as a registration Day. For scouts .new, old and friends. Had about average 10 swaps to make. Asked leaders and parents to save up materials all year. Asked friends and leaders to come up with ideas or one type swap to make. Held at park or school gym. SWAPS should be something small to pin on camp hats or bandannas for girls to trade and remember events. We are doing our thinking Day ones now. You can start a board of made ones and keep at troop store for peaople to add to . Gives leaders ideas to make. Keep in mind BARS are great to collect beer tops at to paint. Film canisters from photo shops resteraunts for wine corks. Use what is around you for s upplies or ask church members to save items. Look on Ebay under swaps for ideas. People have now made it an business making them. We do swaps ayt every service unit event. Hope this helps.

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SWAPS stand for Special Whatchamacallits Affectionaly Pinned Somewhere or Share With A Pal.
Some ideas for country ones for Thinking Day:
Always copy of flag,money or stamp.GS pin emblem from WAGGS book. Animal sticker of animal from country, copy of country. Remember to make them small size of LG post stamp.
Germany we pinned gummie bears and sprayed with sealent,Did writing in Hyrogliphics for Egyt (girl Scouts) also in Japanese and korean. Drums from wine cork yarn around glued beer caps painted brown on both ends to make drum from Africa. Fortune cookie from fun foam china, Kiwi bird for New Zealand made from Beer cap glued fur and paper fastener for beak. Origami animals. Mexico took foam coffee cups put in oven for few seconds they melt down to small hats and decorate. ponchos from material, Kimonos from material, cut egg carton foam cups out fill with colored rice and broken toothpick to make bowl for china.Small baggies found at Micheals store crafts and filled with spices from India. Card board boomerang for Australlia,
Just a few ideas for Thinking Day.


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