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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Gracious Living in the Outdoors

That's our motto!

Yesterday I was working at Cedar Hill and I snuck over to see the new brink walk.  The GE brick includes that motto.  We've been working hard to make it so - white table cloths for dinner on Saturday, decorations. fabulous food.  This year we have more workshops than ever before.  Run on over to our website  The Great Escape and check it out.  Hope to see you on September 28-30 in New Hampshire!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hike the Appalachian Trail During the Great Escape
Are you wondering what new and different thing to do at GE? Did you celebrate the GS birthday 
already (maybe a LOT-maybe not at all), but are thinking you'd like something different and 

Read below and see if you might like to join us for this once in a lifetime event happening 
as a Great Escape activity!  If so, go to Great Escape to sign up.  

You will get transportation to the Trail, a box lunch, a patch and make a donation to the 
Appalachian Trail Conservancy, all for $8 and the GE signup fee.  Not to mention a great 
breakfast and dinner at the Great Escape.


Make it a birthday to remember!

We are looking for Girl Scouts of all ages (from 5 to 95) to pick a section of the Appalachian
Trail to hike in honor of our 100th anniversary. Our hiking journey starts Monday,
March 12, 2012 (Girl Scouts 100th birthday) and ends Wednesday, October 31, 2012
(Juliette Gordon Low’s 152nd birthday).
Our event’s Honorary Chair Mary “Mama Boots” Sands inspired this celebratory hike. As a
Girl Scout Leader in Kentucky (Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana) she began hiking and backpacking
the Appalachian Trail in the early 1970s. Over the course of nearly 20 years, accompanied by
groups of Girl Scout girls and adults, she eventually hiked the entire 2000+ miles of the AT – in
bits and pieces or section-hiking.
So join your sister Girl Scouts across the East Coast – across the nation – across the globe
who are gathering to hike the Appalachian Trail in 2012 to  celebrate our golden years.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

 Paula's History of the Great Escape

This is a first...never wrote a "blog" before, but am taking hints from my Great Escape Committee members and my nephew, Jeremy, who was working in Belize with the Jesuit Corps for the past two years.  He's home now with lots of history and life experiences under his belt.  But I digress...

I want to tell you just how wonderful the GE Committee and how it came to be... my position as chairperson began with an idea for change...

Several years ago, Council had historically sponsored this event as a 'thank you' to adults who volunteered their time and talent to Girl Scouts across the Council.  Numbers began to dwindle...for a number of reasons -- more moms were taking on full-time jobs and crushed all their family time into the weekends and many felt that taking a weekend for themselves was stealing from that time, maybe transportation was an issue, maybe it was the money.  And face it, many adults did not want to sleep in a tent.  But, it appeared to me that changing the format of the event, and offering more varied (and warm!) accommodations might be attractive to those looking for a way to spend time away from home to enjoy themselves (you deserve it!) using quality time to learn new ideas.  I called as many of my 'do anything' friends as I could find and held a meeting.  (Most of those 'do everything' people are are still on the Committee today!)  We set out to offer exciting workshops that taught troop-related activities, such as Pysanky Egg Decorating, leather crafts, songs & games, and archery, among many others. Signing up for the weekend workshops gave a purpose to the weekend and a great excuse to get away.  With some very animated, excited and crazy advertising at every adult event we attended, the number of participants began to grow from a mere 30 at the very brink of cancellation to a mighty 100+!!!

Upon thinking long and hard, we used our resources wisely and changed our venue from Camp Favorite on the Cape, to Camp Wabasso in New Hampshire.  There were several considerations that went into this change.  First, the accommodations.  Wabasso offers unheated cabins and tents as well as heated rooms with cots in the Lodge and Christa's House.  The dining hall is the perfect space to meet 'n greet and the welcoming smells of baking cookies can't be beat!  And we asked that the showers be turned on for the whole weekend!  We provide a lifeguard for those warmer fall weekends we have enjoyed and utilize the camp canoes for a spin around the pond.  And what leaf-peeper can resist nature's colors on a beautiful New Hampshire afternoon??  There is something for everybody!

I highly recommend that you check out our web site at and sign up for this year's fabulous event!  'Gracious Living in the Outdoors' is our theme and we'll be celebrating both the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts as well as the 30th Anniversary of the Great Escape event.  We couldn't be more pleased to have you join us!  (Don't forget to thank a Committee member when you meet her!)

Hi all, Deb here!  We are all starting to get excited because the Girl Scout Great Escape 2012 is only 48 days away.  If you haven't registered yet, go to The Great Escape, take a look at the workshop schedule and register.  We've got tons of new choices this year, but some of the workshops are starting to fill up.  You know how quickly Stained Glass and Pysanky Eggs fill up!

Loons On Lake Blaisdell

These are some of the feathered friends who visit us at GE at Camp Wabasso on the shores of Lake Blaisdell.

Girl Scouts Love to Sing!!