Scout Swaps: Dinosaur Fossils

scout swaps dino fossils

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts look forward to camp all year long.  Not only do they get to make rockets and shoot BB guns, but they also get to make a lot of new friends as they meet boys from other packs that are also at camp.  This is one of my son’s favorite parts of camp.  Yes, making new friends is great but he really loves the scout swaps he collects from each new friend he meets.

What is a Scout Swap?

Scouts bring swaps to camp and trade them with other boys they meet.  A swap could be just a fun little trinket or toy or it could correlated with a particular theme of the pack or the camp.  They most often include a safety pin for pinning on to a hat or shirt.

This year, our camp had a dinosaur theme.  My son decided that he wanted to make dinosaur fossils for his swaps to bring to trade at camp.

How to Make Dinosaur Fossil Swaps:

He started with a basic salt dough recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • Water
  1. Mix the flour and salt then add enough water to make a dough simliar to play dough, not wet and sticky but also not dry and crumbly.
  2. This step is optional but my son also added some sand and some concrete colorant that we found at a craft store just to give them a more rock-like appearance and texture.  Knead the dough well to blend.
  3. Pinch off a small piece of the dough and roll it in your hands.
  4. Flatten the dough on a piece of wax paper to make a little disc.
  5. fossil collage Find a cool footprint on a dinosaur toy and rub a little oil on it.
  6. Press the footprint into the dough to make an imprint.
  7. You may want to dust a little bit of corn starch over the top to highlight the footprint to make it stand out a little better.
  8. Use a pen or toothpick to make a small hole in the dough for hanging.
  9. dino footprint collage Let dry for several days or you can rush up the drying process by heating the swaps in the oven at 200 degrees until dry.
  10. Add a piece of twine or yarn through the hole and a safety pin.
  11. Happy swapping!

The dinosaur fossil scout swaps must have been a hit because my son came home with a hat full of interesting swaps that he had traded for.

swap hat

What kind of swaps does your scout like most?

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About Kim

Kim is a homeschooling mom of two children. When she isn't on a nature hike with her kids, she can be found scrapbooking about their adventures and possibly sneaking a bite of chocolate. She writes about motherhood and family fun at Savor the Days.