The Early Bird got your worm! GE 2017 is full. Apparel sales have closed, too.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Our thoughts are with the Guias/Scouts of Mexico, as they are with all the people in all the areas around the world that have been devastated by storm, flood and earthquake.
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I have just heard from the Cabana people on Instagram that the Cabana and Ticalli in Mexico City, headquarters of the Guias de Mexico, are both ok, and that Ticalli is operating as a shelter.  

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Just a little good news among the disasters.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Counting the Days?

Another weekend of Girl Scouting is over - Daisy and Brownie Essentials yesterday, and a troop meeting today - and it's time to look forward to Great Escape this weekend.  Are you as excited as I am?  As they are?
  Or as she is? 
Is this about to be a meme?  Jumping Girl Scouts?

In thinking about what I most want to tell you about the weekend, the best advice I can give is cotton kills!  Remember to bring warm wool or fleece bedsocks, synthetic pjs, a good sleeping bag, hat or hoodie, rain gear, and check the weather forecast on Thursday!  I wrote about this exactly three years ago today - goodness, talk about running true to form!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday - GE 2007

Getting ready for camping this weekend, and came upon this picture from GE 2007 - some lovely work here!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Auction Time!

If you tuned in here and this post was blank, I apologize.  I wrote a long post and apparently Blogger lost it.  It usually autosaves, but not this time!  And I put in lots of photos and links and everything.

Anyhow, it's time to start thinking about what you are going to bring to the Great Escape Auction this year.  Here's the what and why of the auction:

Great Escape, by running a fund-raising auction each year, has raised and donated more than $14,250  most of which has been earmarked for Camp Wabasso.  The money was used by GSEM for new tables and windows in the Dining Hall, chairs, a new chair rack in the Lodge and to purchase mildew-resistant paint, a dehumidifier and a new stove for the basement of the Lodge, making it cozier and user-friendly.  More than 25 new mattresses were purchased for the camp cots.  In 2013, we donated money to help buy new ceiling fans/lights for the theatre so that it can be used more.  In 2014, we donated $1500 towards restoration of the Adventure Course at Wabasso.  This year we are giving $3,500 towards outfitting all the winterized spaces with new stoves and buying new cross country skis.  When you participate in our Auctions or purchase our merchandise, you are helping to support our Council properties.

What to donate:  Bring your wonderful hand-crafted or enticing gift items (minimum value $25) to be auctioned.  Need ideas for exciting gift baskets?  Go here!  Handmade items such as Lesley's zentangles, quilts, and theme baskets containing wine, chocolate or gift cards are also popular. 
I'm spending this rainy Sunday making something for the auction - so let's get cracking, and remember to bring cash or checks to the event.  Start thinking ahead to holiday gifts - my sister loved the set of handmade coffee-themed placemats from GE 2015!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

True Story

Three women walk into a hotel bar, all dressed up.  After ordering, one says, "I read a great book, have you read it yet?  It's 'A Man Called Ove.'"  The second says, "I did, it was great."  The third says, "As a matter of fact, it's our Great Escape Book Club book for this year!"
 Two of my sisters and I attended our niece's wedding last weekend, and we all agreed that this year's book club book is a good one, so make tracks to your local library or bookstore!  Can't believe that GE is only 24 days away! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beach Reading!

Summer is at its last hurrah, but today and tomorrow are going to be good beach days!  If you haven't started reading the 2017 Great Escape book club pick, it's perfect for the beach. Neighborhood, community and transformation are the themes of our pick for this year's book and it's funny, too.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
On Goodreads, its average rating is 4.35/5 and over 177,000 people have rated it.  We think you will love it - and it's an 'easy read' too! Don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Have You Seen This?

GSUSA and the Elliott Wildlife Values Project have released a couple of new videos about GS Songs and Games and Firebuilding!  Click on this link to the 'songs and games' video - take a look and tell us what you think.  Are you inspired to include more songs in your troop?
I am, and have resolved to take my harp and all my GS song books to our first camping trip this year.
BTW, your chances to 'linger' at Great Escape are getting slim - if you haven't registered, do it now!