Tuesday, February 14, 2012

SWAP project

In my planning for year 2, one of my biggest challenge has been coming up with things that are different from everything we did this year.  Yes, we only have a few girls not bridging, but if I do anything remotely similar to what we did this year, I will catch flack from them!!  We recently received our first SWAP package from a troop out of state (I can not wait to give it to our girls!!).  After a little research time trying to come up with more ideas on what we can do next year, I found one line on Making Friends that really stuck with me- "Girls earn their violet petal for reaching out to swap with other girl scouts."  Why didn't I think of that earlier?!

Going back to my fab Pintrest board, I "met" a leader from another state and we got to talking (like me, she's already planning for year 2).  Some people see Thinking Day as one element to "being a sister to every Girl Scout."  Yes, it is, but you're only "thinking" about them and not truly connecting with them.  SWAPing actually connects you with Girl Scouts, with a tangible item.  For a Daisy, this is simple, and absolutely perfect!  But, doing it with just one troop would be too easy.  So, why not do it with, oh say, one a month, in different states?    That way, not only are you reaching out to many Girl Scouts, but you're also teaching your girls that Girl Scouts are everywhere doing the same things we're doing.

Now, for my shameless plug, please help us out and join in!  Join our 2012-2013 SWAP project!  We are trying to get at least 10 troops in different states, and are really hoping to find Girl Guides in other countries.


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  2. Hi, I am a Daisy troop leader in Prague, Czech Republic and would love for my girls to be penpals with scouts in the States. Maybe even join your swaps. Please let me know if interested.

    1. We would LOVE that! Please send me an email at troop30426@gmail.com

  3. Hi, I love your blog! I am a Daisy/Brownie troop leader in CA. We are looking for a penpal and swap troop. I saw you are penpals with another troop already so I understand if you aren't interested in another penpal troop but maybe we can participate in swaps? :)


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