Registration!

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

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.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Greetings of the Season

When I found a large reel of lace (324 feet!) for  .99 at the Goodwill store, I knew at once how I could use it - and I purposefully made the bows very large so the lengths could be reused.  If you look carefully, you will also see a prototype of one of the workshops I'm planning for the next GE.



Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season and New Year. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Scarecrows - GE Opening Ceremony 2018

It's almost Halloween!  If you are looking for a costume idea, why not be a scarecrow? Easy Peasy!

Our GE theme this year was scarecrows, and our opening ceremony was about scarecrows and imposter syndrome.  If it can be useful to you, take with my compliments, and give thanks to the poets and artists whose works are included here.


Scarecrow Ceremony for Great Escape 2018

Good Morning Girl Scouts!

Please join us in our Flag Ceremony
Opening: Quiet Sign

3 flagbearers – Guard, American Flag, Guard – plus caller
 3 flagbearers come in with American flag.

Caller commands:
Girl Scouts Attention
Color Guard Attention
Color Guard Advance
Color Guard Post the Colors

Please join me in the Girl Scout Promise and Law. All say Promise and Law.
Color Guard Dismissed

Welcome to the 2018 Great Escape.  Once again we meet at our beautiful Camp, Wabasso, in the crisp New Hampshire fall air.   One of our Great Escape traditions is that each year we choose one symbol of fall to celebrate and think about.  This year’s symbol is the scarecrow.

A scarecrow is an imitation of a human being, but despite that, the scarecrow does an important job.

The Scarecrow
By Walter De La Mare (adapted)


All winter through I bow my head
beneath the driving rain;
the North Wind powders me with snow
and blows me black again;
But when that child called Spring, and all
his host of children come,
some rapture in my rags awakes;
I lift void eyes and scan
the sky for crows, those ravening foes,
of my strange master, Man.
 
I watch him striding lank behind
his clashing team, and know
soon will the wheat swish body high
where once lay a sterile snow;
soon I shall gaze across a sea
of sun-begotten grain,
which my unflinching watch hath sealed
for harvest once again.

In the beloved classic, the Wizard of Oz, the scarecrow felt inferior because his head was stuffed with straw, but with his questions such as “I wonder if” and wise counsel “It occurs to me” it becomes apparent (perhaps after a child has viewed it many times) that he’s the wisest of  Dorothy’s counselors.

A Proud Scarecrow

An old scarecrow stood with her arms akimbo,
Thinking her dull life was now in limbo,
She somehow, never seemed to scare the crows,
She had tried hard enough, heaven knows.

Her coat was torn and there were many more
Holes, where the crows had searched for straw.
Her hat was looking limp and out of shape,
Her shirt in the front, had begun to gape.

Then one day she found she was being moved,
Into a very large building, it was proved,
A place where important things can be found,
Where people stand and admire, and look around.

A Museum that's dedicated to our Country Art,
And a scarecrow her age, just had to be part
Of this collection, that was here for all to view,
An exhibit that stated that 'she' was 'New'.

In all her tatters, she stood straight and tall,
Not minding all the stares, no, not at all,
For her new life she felt, just couldn't be beat,
Now she's a proud scarecrow, feeling so complete. 


© Ernestine Northover (adapted)

Our new Girl Scout year begins on Monday.  One of the themes for  GSUSA this year is battling “Imposter syndrome.”  Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".  Like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, women and girls often internalize the feeling that inside, they are not as smart or as useful or as competent as they appear on the outside, that, like a scarecrow, they are not ‘real.’

But as the poems we’ve just read point out, scarecrows are useful and beautiful.  They are real, and so are we, and so are our girls.  We are not imposters, we are competent and powerful, inside and out.  Like Dorothy’s scarecrow, we are wise – in the next Oz book, the scarecrow becomes the ruler of Oz.  When you see a scarecrow this fall, remember that we and all women and girls are real– beautiful, useful and wise, no matter how we appear.  Be a proud scarecrow!












Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Fall For Service, 2018!

Forever Girl Scouts, Friends and Current Girl Scouts, Join Together!

Forever Girl Scouts are partnering with Project Sweet Peas and local homeless shelters for an afternoon of service, conversation and refreshments. Join us in making blankets and knit hats to donate to families with children in NICUs in Boston-area hospitals and families in homeless shelters.

Forever Girl Scouts are adults who were girl members, individuals who volunteered as adults and adults who wish to support the Girl Scout Movement. Please bring a friend and consider bringing a current girl member of Girl Scouts to Fall for Service. If you are a leader, bring your whole troop!

If you want us to know you are attending, send an email to girlscoutalumnae@gmail.com
or call/text 781-789-6774

You may also RSVP on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alumnae.gsem

If able to donate, please bring polar fleece (1 yard pieces are perfect). Bringing a pair of scissors is also helpful – don’t worry you get to take them back home at the end of the day. If you knit, bring your US3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles and we will provide a pattern and yarn. Donations of sport-weight soft yarn is welcome.


November 4, 2018
Camp Rice Moody
Sunday 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
 Reading, MA

Monday, October 15, 2018

I love my mug!

This morning I got up to find that the temperature in my house had dipped below 60F. Not a problem for sleeping, of course, because fleece blankets, but I had to turn on the heat - way too early in the year for that IMHO.  I was glad that I could use my new Great Escape metal mug for my coffee.
Our GE merchandise, like our auction, is part of our effort to raise funds to help support our GSEMA camps and to keep the Great Escape fun and affordable for Girl Scout Adults and high school senior Girl Scouts.  This mug holds a full 12 ounces of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with room for milk and I love its compact size! It warmed my hands nicely.

 I can't wait to use it at our next camping trip, but until then, it will live in the cupboard with its sisters from a few years ago.  We have some of the new metal mugs left - I'll bring a few to the volunteer conference on November 4th.  If you want one, have a $10 spot or a check made out to GSEM Great Escape ready!
I have three of these - two for home, one for the office!