More Girl Scout SWAP Kits for Leaders

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Ready made Girl Scout SWAP kits for your troop to make.

Sometimes you have a few minutes left at the end of the meeting and you want to do something constructive with your troop that relates to Girl Scouts. Here are some fun and inexpensive Girl Scout Swap kits that will save you both time and energy.

This Girl Scout Swap Kit makes 48 Swaps.

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This Swap Kit makes 48, which is perfect for Service Unit events or camporees. You can also split the cost with another troop.

Here are more kits from the Constructables line.


And some more….



Cute Swap to Earn the Violet Daisy Petal Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout or to Start off the Brownie Year

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If you want to start your scouting year on the right foot, then here is an adorable Swap for you to do with your girls.

This Sister Swap is also a wonderful craft to do if you want to earn the Violet Daisy petal.

Girl Scout Swap kit-Sisters-perfect for earning the violet Daisy petal.

This set comes with enough beads, pins, and ribbon to make 36 Swaps. If that is too much for your troop, consider sharing the cost with another troop or making them for a future Camporee that your Council is having.

There are a limited amount available. You can find them here.

If you like the idea of making this on your own, then you can choose from a large assortment of single letter beads to create the word you want.

Beads for Girl Scout crafts that have free shipping!

These beads are from Rockin Beads and they have free shipping.

Pony beads come in all colors. If you are Daisy Scouts earning the violet petal, use shades of purple. Brownies and Juniors can use green and white beads.

This is an easy way for you to launch the new scouting year!


How My Junior Troop Troop Celebrated Girl Scout Founder’s Day

On Friday we had our second Junior Girl Scout meeting.  I was so happy to have two more girls at the table, bringing the number in my troop to nine!

I went over the business from our last meeting, which was to tell the girls which badges were would work on and which trips we would take.  They were very excited about earning the Camera, Theater, Dance and Stress Less badges.  I am also planning a field trip to Build A Bear, which everyone voted for!

I do all of the planning for our meetings, but since my co-leader is a photographer, I punted the Camera badge to her to lead at our next meeting.  In order to give her time to get organized, I decided to do our Juliette Gordon Low birthday celebration earlier in the month.

My Meeting Prep Work

Since we were going to do the Birthday in a Bag community service project for our local food pantry, I emailed the parents to have the girls bring in three items-cake mix, a tub of frosting, and a can of peaches. The girls had to bring them to school on the day of our meeting.

I needed a bag to put the food in.  I went to a few stores to try and find white gift bags, but the best I could do is the Dollar Store. Since we do not sell cookies,  I was not wasting our troop dues on bags that would be tossed. I decided to go to Whole Foods and ask for nine small bags, and they happily donated a dozen for free.

I already know a lot about Juliette and Girl Scout History, so all I had to do was print three pictures of her-one as a young girl, one as a young adult and one as an older woman in her Girl Scout uniform. I then used the picture from her younger days to make a card for the girls to glue onto the bag.  I also bought cupcake and birthday stickers at the craft store for a dollar for them to put on as well.  My plan was to have them draw pictures to cut and glue onto the bag to make it look unique and festive.

With the bag under control, it was time to plan a birthday Swap.  I searched the internet and saw an idea that I tweaked to make my own.  The original had a real candle in the middle, but I had no candles at home.  So I found free clip art of a candle, cut and pasted it onto a document, printed and cut them out.

I also made little cards in the Cheri Liney font that read “Happy Birthday, Juliette Troop #______”

Other materials I had on hand at home were poker chips (I was a teacher and have tins of chips that we used for counting), mini cupcake liners (I bake a lot with my kids) cotton balls (left over from our First Aid Brownie Try It), and beads (from my 1970’s bead kits that I still have in my old lunch box!).

I made a Swap for the girls to see and to work out any kinks:


The Meeting

We started the meeting with the girls setting up and leading our opening.  I was fortunate to have a surprise volunteer when one of the moms came to drop off her daughter’s bag and asked if she could stay (she is my friend and I never say no to extra help!)

After talking about Juliette’s life and explaining why we had a can of peaches (she was born in Savannah, Georgia), the girls went to town decorating the bags.  They really took their time and I had to hurry them up at the end so we would have time to make our Swap.  Then my co-leader took pictures of the girls for our scrapbook and then the meeting was over!  Time really flew by!

I also bought Junior Mints to add to the bag (because we are Juniors!)

Here are the bags (the solo picture is my daughter’s)

I will bring the bags to the food pantry next week.

How will you be celebrating Girl Scout Founder’s Day?

*All photos by Hannah Gold

Ready Made Girl Scout Swap Kits From Mini Me Crafts

In my previous post, I shared some of the wonderful crafts Elizabeth Chick sent to me from her website Mini Me Crafts.  Today I will show you the ready made Girl Scout Swap kits she has for sale at very reasonable prices.

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The following review is based on my own personal experiences with Mini Me Crafts.  I have not been reimbursed for this review, nor are any of the links affiliate links.  I want to support my fellow Girl Scout leaders and mompreneurs.

Photos of the crafts are copyrighted by me and may not be used without written permission.


The ” I Love Girl Scouts” Swap kit is very simple to make-my daughter, who is almost ten, put it together rather quickly.  Younger Daisies will need help.  It is a great first Swap for Daisies or a quick craft for older girls.  They can attach it to their backpacks and share with everyone in school that they love being a Girl Scout!

My daughter had a ball putting the First Aid kit together!  This is the perfect Swap for camping trips or for field trips.
My daughter also loved putting the Dunk Bag Swap kit together.  It comes with three wooden pieces to decorate with permanent marker, paint or stickers.  A clothes pin and mesh bag are also included.  This is another Swap that is perfect for Girl Scout camping!
The kit as it comes.
My daughter used permanent marker to decorate her set.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for sending these terrific crafts!  Her kits are perfect for busy leaders who do not have time create their own Girl Scout Swap kits on their own.  The prices are right and so is her shipping.

If you decide to buy something from her, please let Elizabeth know you read about it on this blog!

 

How My Troop Made This Girl Scout Junior Vest Swap

My troop had never made a Girl Scout Swap before, and I decided it was high time that they did.  I needed a craft to fill in any extra time I might have during our 3.5 hour canned/boxed food drive community service project meeting held in my home.  As a teacher for twenty-five years, the first thing I learned is that idle hands make trouble!  Keeping my girls busy was key to our success.

I found this adorable Junior Vest Swap idea on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County website (it is no longer available on the site to link to).  It was perfect for my girls who are flying up to Juniors in May.  I contacted my childhood best friend who lives across the country to ask if her daughter’s troop leaders, who also have a third grade Brownie troop, would love to receive the Swaps.  They have ten girls and so do I.  They wanted them, and the wheels were set in motion!

How to Make a Girl Scout Vest Swap

The craft calls for green foam, but being resourceful I decided to use green felt that I already had in my Girl Scout craft bin.

Here is how I did it.

All photos taken by Hannah Gold.

I did an image search for a Junior Girl Scout vest and found this one.  I copied it and traced it onto the felt.  I was able to fit five of them on one sheet.  Of course, I made two extra-one for me to do in advance and one just in case one of my girls needed to redo one.

My nine year old daughter helped me cut out the felt vests.

While I used some cut out tabs out of another piece of felt in a different shade of green, my daughter made badges by using a hole puncher.  I made the Council and GSUSA strips out of foam shapes that I cut up.
I packaged each one individually so that each girl had her own kit.
It was a quick craft and the girls enjoyed making it for a sister troop.