Scout SWAPS are great! SWAPS are fun, creative, and can even be unique! They can also be a challenge, especially if you aren't the craftiest of the bunch. There are ideas everywhere, the cutest pictures on Pinterest, so much so that it can be hard to settle for one. There are also nice, convenient premade kits available online, but they're expensive. You're paying for that convenience when, in reality, you don't need to. The markup on what are usually essentially just a few simple and common supplies is ridiculous and unless you're buying completed SWAPS, they're not that much of a time saver either. You can do it yourself. It's far easier than you think and I'm going to help you! 
No, really, trust me! Even you, the 'I glue my fingers together more often than the actual craft' people. Even you, the 'I can't draw a straight line to save my life' people. Even you who think you're completely craft illiterate. Everyone can learn and the lessons truly aren't that difficult. 

Here, you will find easy to follow, step by step instructions, (with pictures) for fun and adorable SWAPS, both the classics and the more original and unique. You will learn the tips and tricks I've picked up over the years, including the few cheap and easy items that will make your crafting life easier, the basics and the essentials. You will find downloadable/printable files for patterns, labels, tags, poems, and more. Even those fancy little cookie boxes and license plates that look impossible! I'll help you find the cheapest supplies possible, including things you probably throw away on a regular basis. Wouldn't it be great to know what to start collecting as both scout leaders and scout parents, so that you don't have to scramble to get your hands on something that should be free? You'll find an ever growing list of recyclable items great for SWAPS. You will also (eventually) find links to videos on YouTube, for the more visual learners. 
Whether it's something as simple as a bedroll or something as complex as a quiver of arrows or a fully decorated vest, I'll break it down for you. I'll sort by theme so you can find just the perfect thing for your scout or your event. Have a favorite that you'd love to make yourself but don't know how? Let me know and I'll reverse engineer it for you!
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Site News
The second btch, some international card SWAPS, have been added and can be found on All SWAPS Page 5. They will be linked up to their appropirate themes and countires soon. 

The first batch of new SWAPS, baggies, have been posted and linked. They can be found on All SWAPS Page 5 or on their various theme pages. 

As I am working to make the site more mobile friendly, you'll notice some pages changing slowly over time. There will be a collapsable panel on the left for navigation instead of along the top and sides as it is currently. I also have a large batch of new SWAPS that will be going up soon. 

State Flag Facts added

Animal Track Cards and Booklets added

New batch of craft foam SWAPS posted. 

Sports SWAPS Added

Yikes, long time no update. I've been working on new SWAPS, but haven't been able to get them posted sooner due to family concerns (my grandma broke a hip), along with being overall busy. I'm posting new craft foam SWAPS, and some new baggies, as well. More to come. I am also working on adding a 'Recommended" section at the bottom of each SWAPS page to help you find more SWAPS you'll love, more easily. 

Printable Valentines for Exchanging Added

01/27/2018 International SWAPS and some Valentines SWAPS posted. They are visible above and on the All SWAPS page 3. I'll get to the rest of the linking tomorrow. 

Promise and Law SWAPS added to all countries I could find the info for. Some countries have multiple Promise and Law SWAPS, for different levels. Some countries do not have Promise and Law SWAPS yet, mostly because they have multiple scouting associations and I have to do further research. 

More linking done

Some links to newly posted SWAPS put in appropritate themes. 

I'm working a bit on the SEO of the site, so you might notice title changes, but nothing major visibly. 

Baggie SWAPS posted

5 New booklet SWAPS added

Seed Packet SWAPS added. 

Christmas Card SWAPS posted. Better late than never, I guess. 

Christmas Vial SWAPS posted. Other Christmas SWAPS also posted. Sorry they're so late! This time of year is always busy and stressful. 

Country Quick Fact Card SWAPS for all Thinking Day countries posted.

Ginger Scouts Linked

Country Quick Fact Flag SWAPS for all Thinking Day countries have been posted.

Ginger Scouts posted. 

Winter/Christmas Baggie SWAPS added. 

Moved Site News to home page. Posted Snow Scouts. 

Links updated to new build. 

Site switched over to new build. I'm working on more fall, harvest, and Thanksgiving SWAPS, as well as Winter/Christmas and will begin posting soon.

Halloween glitter Baggie SWAPS posted. More baggies to come. 
Halloween Vial SWAPS posted 
Halloween SWAPS are going up! More to come. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see the progress as new SWAPS are created! 
Replaced links in sidebar with buttons 
SWAPS are being added every few days as I work to get through them. I am alternating between Thinking Day and regular SWAPS. You may not notice changes daily, as I am uploading the new files in batches. 
The site has an all new look, and you might notice the web address is a sub-domain. The regular web address will direct you here, so no worries. I've got the main pages set up, and will be adding more as quickly as I can. Things will look different, the site layout will no longer be blog style, so things will be organized slightly differently, but it will offer the same SWAPS as before, and even more, soon enough. I appreciate your patience. I think the hardest part about all of this will be correcting Pinterest links! 
As I am working, there will be some dead links, or theme and country pages with no SWAPS showing yet. Please forgive the mess.