Registration for GE 2017, Sept. 22 - 24, will open in late spring!

Monday, May 29, 2017

More Congratulations

At the GSEM recognition luncheon, another of our Great Escape Committee members was honored with the GSUSA Thanks Badge.
It's a pretty thing, and here's the lovely recipient with her terrific (also GS!) daughters at Great Escape.
Congratulations, Sue!

 We will miss all three of you and Rose too, at the event this year, but we will be with you in spirit as you celebrate the union of your families.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sneak Peek!

Although registration isn't quite open (any day now!) here's a sneak peek at what's in store for us this year. 

WORKSHOPS! - we have 38 workshops on the roster this year - everyone will be able to find something to do (or not- there's always the free time option.)

PRODUCTS!  If you regretted not buying one of our GE fleece vests/jackets, remember that when you see the terrific new clothing options for this year. As soon as pre-ordering is available, I'll let you know.  And we still have a very few mugs, bags, and blankets for sale at the event. 

BOOK CLUB!  A just for fun option this year - A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman.

FOOD!  I don't know what the crew has in store, but you know it will be yummy!

Monday, May 22, 2017


Our dear friend  and Great Escape committee member Wynelle was honored by Girl Scouts, Eastern Massachusetts on Saturday.  She received her 50 year membership pin, and a 20 year sustained service award (which means that it's been over 20 years since she received her last award!)
Wynelle is a one-woman sunshine committee, always doing something nice for others!  Thank you and congratulations.  If you see Wynelle around Council (and you are sure to, because she does a lot!) say hi and introduce yourself.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spring is Late This Year....

Here in the Northeast we have been having a rainy, cold spring.  Our town encampment was this weekend in floods of rain, although we did have two clear hours on Saturday afternoon so that the girls were able to take to the woods where they found some victims with gruesome injuries.  The girls did a great job using their newly acquired first aid skills to help them!
So spring is late, and Great Escape Registration is late.  But we're working on it!  In the meantime, remember to seek out "A Man Called Ove."  It's a quick read and an uplifting one.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mission: Sisterhood

One of the girls in my troop wrote this short essay as part of her Mission: Sisterhood Journey.
I found it heartfelt and moving, and thought some of you might enjoy it.   She gave me permission to share it with you.

Sisterhood is the feeling of  deep connection and community one experiences in female relationships.  Sisterhood is much like the bond you have with a sibling but one does not necessarily have to have a sibling in order to understand this powerful bond.    
 Sisterhood begins with yourself as you cannot be a true friend to anyone else before being a true friend to yourself.  Once you are your own friend sisterhood expands to include others.  Sisterhood is the trust and understanding in a relationship that is lasting and that can define and create ever deeper relationships between individuals and groups.  Sisterhood is based on positive friendships and cannot be forced.  You can experience sisterhood with another person but it cannot be forced.  You can also experience sisterhood by being a positive force on yourself and others.  Sisterhood is hard to attain but is extremely rewarding for the individuals involved.  Sisterhood is not only a way of defining a relationship but it can also be a lifeline and help someone through difficulties.  Sisterhood is a fulfilling part of a girl's or woman’s life and can be experienced at any point during a lifetime.  Sisterhood can be experienced by people of different ages or even generations.  Sisterhood increases your confidence level and empower you to become the best person you can be.
Sisterhood has affected me personally by giving me the courage to participate in the performing arts, pursue STEM fields, meet new people, see different perspectives, speak my mind, and to try new things.  Sisterhood is the understanding, love, and compassion that has helped me through some of the most difficult experiences of my life.
Sisterhood has affected me in so many positive ways.  I have experienced sisterhood in my high school and in my girl scouting careers.  Sisterhood is not just a concept but is a way of being and understanding others in an extremely personal and deep way.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Great Escape Book Club 2017

 I'm watching my neighbor, Nicky, walk his dog.  Last year he was a somewhat chubby fifth grader whom I met at a pen pal club run by his school. During the snowy months, this sixth grader's become a taller youth, almost a man.  (Now if he could just put down that phone while he walks...) Transformation is all around the neighborhood this week. It's almost spring and time for Great Escape planning to kick into high gear (along with flowers.  I need green things to grow!)

Neighborhood, community and transformation are some of the themes of our pick for this year's book - the fourth Great Escape book club selection.  Oh and humor, too! This is our first fiction book.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
I don't want to give away the plot so I'll just say that 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!  Enjoy, and watch for registration for the 2017 Great Escape to open soon!

More about the GE book club here.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thought Of The Day From The Oval and Clapham Tube Station

For the past 9 years, an employee at a London Tube station has posted a "Thought of the Day."  You can see some of them here.  I thought you might like to see what he posted as a reaction to the attack at Westminster yesterday.
(BTW the Oval is a cricket stadium, and Clapham is a section of London.)