You have heard of SWAPS right? Of course you have, No, not this kind of swapping,
but the kind that girls all over the country share at their scout organizational activities. .Deep in the heart of scouting tradition is this thing called S.W.A.P.S. According to one website I searched, S.W.A.P.S. were initially designed for one scout to meet another with the idea being that a conversation would start to explain the SWAP. I began American Heritage Girls twelve years ago and S.W.A.P.S. was one of the first things that my girls learned about. So what are these things anyway and why do they cause panic in the hearts of moms and squeals of delight for scouting girls?? In simple terms it is hand-made pins made for trading and collecting, but really it is an acronym that stands for Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere or in some circles Share With A Pal. Whatever you call them, there is some craftsmanship that is needed to make them and there is etiquette on how to share them.
What to make?
S.W.A.P.S. can be simple or complex, cheap or expensive, whatever the girl desires. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on S.W.A.P.S. Many people make them out of scraps or natural materials. Most S.W.A.P.S. are made with pins attached so they can be pinned onto a camp shirt or hat. S.W.A.P.S. are little things that girls and leaders make to trade with each other at local or national events. S.W.A.P.S. usually tell something about the person who made it or about the area or region that they are from. They can also represent the theme of an activity or event. S.W.A.P.S. are usually only an inch or two in size. There are so many great ideas for S.W.A.P.S. and many are the web or you can even buy kits from specialty websites like Etsy.
Each girl should decide how many S.W.A.P.S. she wants to trade. For summer camp we recommend around 75. There are girls who make more and girls who make fewer. It is really up to the girl. Some girls like to give a SWAP to everyone and so more are needed.
What to do with them?
S.W.A.P.S. are traditionally pinned on a S.W.A.P.S. hat or another idea are to make keepsake box to keep them in or pin them on a tote bag.
The girls and leaders SWAP these tokens with new friends they make at various events. S.W.A.P.S. are made and given to promote friendship and to make new friends. Swapping allows us to share our handiwork with other scouts and to bring back a memento of a special occasion.
Here at Camp Wannacombac we desire for your family to have such a pleasant and memorable experience. We do our best to provide for you lots of sunshine, laughter, recreation, and joy. But to truly enjoy any of those things we must sometimes face the opposite to fully appreciate the scope of their positive influence on our lives. So in every life a little rain must fall, a few tears must be shed, work must be done, and sadness must makes it's presence felt and so we give you: FORMS, in the hope that this will be the only gray thing that touches your Camp Wannacombac experience.
Here at Camp Wannacombac we sift through lots of information submitted to us on those forms and in order to give your family the maximum Wannacombac experience we need accurate information. Some forms are already completed and all you need to do is go see your troop registrar and get a copy, some you take a little time and fill out yourself, others you need to see a professional for their assessment. All must be done in a timely manner so we can sort and file them and make sure you have nothing to worry about while your sweet little darling is with us at summer camp.
The forms are listed below with a description and MUST be filled out by EVERYONE attending camp, including adults (especially adults). Most take just a few minutes, but some will need to be filled in by a professional and you will need to prepare accordingly to get forms into us before the deadlines. All forms are on our website under the Forms tab.
AHG Girl Health and Medical History Form
Your registered daughter should have this form on file with your local troop. It is completed by parent/guardian and a copy is sent to camp address for filing. It is returned to the parent/guardian upon check-out at camp.
AHG Adult Health and Medical History Form
Every registered adult with AHG completes this form upon registration and it should be on file with the troop. However, some adults become members of AHG just to attend camp and thus do not have forms on file. This form is found on our website and must be completed, and sent to our camp address to be filed. It is returned upon check-out at camp.
AHG High Adventure Medical Form
Everyone who attends camp MUST have this form completed by a healthcare professional and on file at camp while in attendance. This is not just for girls, ALL adults attending camp must have this form completed by a healthcare professional and on file at camp while in attendance. See how I repeated that information? It is that important!
AHG High Adventure Troop Notification Form
This is a form that your troop coordinator must complete. It is then sent to our camp address and the information is transferred onto an online form that the national office gives to our camp registrar so that we can verify that everyone attending camp is registered (girls and adults, have completed Keys training (adult leaders only), and is current with their CPR/FA training (for those who should have it). This form is VERY IMPORTANT.
*Note: If your daughter isn't attending camp with her troop, email us so we can add her to the SC7777 roster to be under our leadership coverage the week she is at camp.
AHG Request for Administration of Medication
This form must be on file with our camp nurse in order for her to properly administer medication to your daughter, whether it is over the counter medicine you bring from home that she takes regularly (zyrtec, claritin, etc.) or prescription medicaiton. You will turn this form into the nurse when you check-in at camp with your daughter's medication.
AHG Swim Test Classification
This form is required to participate in all lake water activities while attending camp including canoeing and swimming, This form must be completed by a water safety professional such as a lifeguard, swim coach or water safety instructor. This form must be on file with our lifeguards while attending camp. We highly encourage all campers to complete this form prior to arriving at camp, however, if that is not possible, our lifeguards can administer the test before the camper will be allowed to participate in lake water activities.
What is "WooHooty"? It is an expression of joy that I came up with at summer camp to celebrate something that is exceptionally great. When I began to put together this website, I wanted to include a blog where I could share with you important things, helpful things, and sometimes a bit fun things and the name for that page just came to me in a flash of inspiration: WooHooty! I do hope that you will come back often and check out what is new. I will be adding profiles of our staff over the next few days so that you can get to know us before we share our week together. I ask that you pray for us and think of us often as we laugh and toil our way through the next few months preparing summer camp for your daughter and perhaps even you.
Til next time...WooHooty!
Most of us have been involved with AHG for over 15 years and many of us on staff for Camp Wannacombac for 14 years. We have the best jobs at camp but are ever grateful for our adult volunteers who hold us up and fill in the gaps.