GE 2019 will be September 27 - 29, 2019. Registration will open in spring.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Another Opening, Another Show!

Registration is open at REGISTRATION

Don't forget to pick WORKSHOPS first.

General Information

Product Sales - order mugs and patches in advance!

Go to it!  We expect to sell out very early!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Closer and closer....

The big day is getting closer.  If I were a bookie, I could take bets on whether registration for the Great Escape will open before or after the Duchess of Sussex has her baby.

We'll post it here, on facebook, and some of you will be getting emails!  Be alert!  America needs more lerts!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We're looking for a few good scouts...

Adult Girl Scouts, that is, who want to be GE presenters.

Do you know how to do something that you would like to teach to others?  Can you make something that's fun and beautiful?  Is there some great outdoor activity you love to do?  Then present it at this year's Great Escape!  Presenters get a special rate for the weekend ($10 off the regular price) and it's a great way to meet new people and have fun in the woods.  If you have an idea email us at


Maybe you have a friend who would be a great presenter, or you took a workshop that would be appropriate for the Great Escape. (I borrow all my workshops from talented people or Pinterest. Or magazines.)  Let us know about it!

Watch for the listing of this year's workshops, and the opening of registration around the beginning of May.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Great Escape Stalwart Recognized by GSUSA

The GSUSA blog has a new post for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" which features our own Sue Kohlman along with other tech and science professionals.  Here's the link!  

And here's Sue in Copenhagen with our Comittee's plaque from GSEM.  Throwback Thursday as well!

Kudos to you Sue, and we are all looking forward to this year's workshop offerings!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Auction Proceeds Help Clean Up

If you have been to the Great Escape, you know about our Auction.  The proceeds from the auction are used to benefit Camp Wabasso and sometimes our other camps.  And you've probably met Nurse Donna, who acts as our Great Escape first aider.  You might not know that Donna also spends summers at Wabasso taking care of Girl Scouts younger than we tend to be - as Camp Nurse.  So when we start talking about what Camp needs, Donna often has some good insight to offer.

Donna, Pat, Paula, Betsy

In a camp full of young kids away from home, some for the first time, it's inevitable that there will be tummy troubles and accidents that result in sleeping bags needing to be washed.  That meant a counselor having to leave camp for a couple of hours to go to a laundromat with commercial washers and dryers large enough to handle a sleeping bag!

Thanks to the Great Escape Auction, there's now a washer and dryer on camp that will do the job.

Note the suds at the bottom of the washer door - it's tested and ready to go! As always, thanks to our great Wabasso caretaker Bruce for making it happen. Now all we need is for summer to come.

The story of the other donations you've helped make to camp and to the Movement are here.  Thanks for making and bringing great baskets and other donations, and for bidding high!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Great Escape Book Club 2019

The Great Escape Committee held its retreat this year and we have lots of news to share, beginning with this announcement of the book choice for our book club.

The book is by a GS alumna, herself a mother of two Girl Scouts, former Honorary President of GSUSA, and someone who can sing a campfire song with the best of us!

She's someone who can get her hands dirty with some Girl Scout Juniors.

She knows that our older girls are great advocates!

The former FLOTUS has a lot to say about "you are good enough,” using one's voice, and that it's ok to be a strong woman. She focuses on children, including the importance of educating and mentoring girls.  We feel that her insights on her own life and experience and being First Lady make this a book every Girl Scout Adult can profit from reading.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

September 27 - 29 2019 - Be At Wabasso For Fun!

The 2019 Great Escape is confirmed for September 27 - 29th at Camp Wabasso!

Thoreau went to the woods because he wished to live serenely - but we'll be "living large" with old friends, great food, wonderful workshops, healthy outdoor activities and lots of song!  Put it on your calendar and watch for registration to open in late spring.