Registration for GE 2018 is open!

Monday, September 17, 2018

It's getting closer

When you see this picture do you think "less than 100 days until Christmas" or "just eleven days until Great Escape?"  Both are true!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Auction Live!

Our live auction takes place after dinner on Saturday night at the Great Escape. It's designed to be fun and funny, but it has a very serious purpose; to support our GSEM camps in ways that enrich the camping experience for girls (and sometimes for us too!)  For the complete story go here.  For 'just the facts' see reasons below.

What:  Hand crafted gift items or gift baskets - minimum value should be $25
Who:  Kaye is back as auctioneer this year.  We hope individuals or groups will bring auction items!
When: Saturday night of Great Escape, after dinner
Where: Items will be displayed in dining hall, and numbered and tagged as they are brought in.
Why:  Make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Have you finished our Book Club selection?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One month to go!

And over 100 people are registered for the Great Escape!
Registration closes on Sept. 14th.  Register quickly if you want to get in under the wire.  The committee has been busy.  I've already started piling bags and boxes of 'stuff' to lug in my hallway.  Tablecloths will be ironed, decorations started, craft stores scoured for workshop materials.
We have a's a secret.  Will I get it all done on time?
Yes, there will be an opening ceremony!  Will I get it written on time?
Or am I as crazy as one of these guys, who are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that summer camp is over.  Or are they chortling with glee?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fill 'er Up!

NOTE:  As of June 27th, 12 workshops are full! Hurry!

At this writing, there are only about 20 slots left for Great Escape 2018.
  Early bird registration ends on July 1st this year, so if you want to take advantage of the discount, head over to the website and register.  Six workshops are full, so hurry up before more are closed out!

Thursday, May 31, 2018


I love the way our patches turned out.  I wonder if I can manage to sew one on my GE fleece vest before the event?  Almost 4 months to go....but I'm slow.
The color isn't great on this photo -  the background is a bit yellower.  They are 3.5 inches in diameter, and a good, hefty weight.  Exciting!  You can order one with registration, but we will have plenty of extras.  They would make a great gift for friends who can't make it this year - only $3.00 and of course, proceeds benefit good old GSEMA camps....see here for our giving summary.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Mugs Are Here!

While I was off at Encampment this weekend, I kept DH busy receiving shipments - I ordered a fire pit kit, a yard of crushed stone, and the Great Escape mugs arrived.  I am so pleased with them - they will make great gifts, too since each one comes with a protective bag and box.

By the way, I noticed today that some woman from Texas - named Joanna or JoJo, I think, is selling mugs like these at Target.  But hers don't have our logo, designed by the famous Kaye "Kookie" G. Nor do hers benefit our fabulous GSEMA camps - but these do - see here for the 411.

Quantities are limited - you can order one when you register.  The rest will be for sale at the GE, first come first served - just $10.00.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Over Half Full!

At painting class today, I mentioned that I had recently survived a tornado at a Girl Scout Camp in Sutton NH.  One of the painters said "Camp Wabasso?  I went there in fourth and fifth grade."  I handed her the website address and told her all about the Great Escape.

Amazingly, time is running out if you want to sign up for this year - we are about 60% full after only 10 days. Lots of workshops still have room, though - we were talking about rock painting in our watercolor class, and there's room in two different classes - including story stones, which is a wonderful thing to have in a GS, teaching or grandma's tool kit!

Fixer Upper fans might have noticed that Jojo used twig stars in a reno she did for a 'wounded warrior' in the last season of the show, and we have a workshop for that!
Wet on Wet Watercolors are something anyone can have fun with, and you can help us make a book
to be used at the event!
Scout skills are always fun to learn, even if you don't have a troop any more.  Geocaching is a new-ish sort of a scavenger hunt with the help of a hand-held GPS device, but if you are old school, you can brush up on your compass skills with Lesley! 

Something for everyone!  Register now!