Registration for GE 2017, Sept. 22 - 24, is open. We're almost full, so don't delay!

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!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Get Your Shirts and Windbreakers!

The GE committee had its last meeting before the event last week.  Just a handful of beds remain, so if you have not yet signed up, ASAP is the recommended time.

However, it's not too late to order some great GE duds.  This year we are selling long and short sleeve polo shirts and windbreakers from LL Bean, in multiple colors, embroidered with the GE logo.  You can order these now - even if you have already registered for this year, or if you can't go this year.  We won't be selling them next year, so go for it!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Photo Boards

During these summer days, it's hard to realize that GE is just a little more than two months away!  I've been thinking about what motif I should choose for this year's photo board.  I have a whole list of ideas jotted down.
2016 was acorns, and you might remember that the table decorations were flickering 'candles' nestled in acorns.
The basket of apples was a success, I thought, but 2014's spiderweb was not as popular as I'd hoped.
But the first one, 2013's autumn leaves, was a natural.  I've made boards for other events too - remember the first alumnae day at camp?
I'd better get cracking, once it's time for troop meetings to begin there'll be no time for any art projects.  You'd be well advised to register  before we're too full, and pop on over to the apparel page and order your GE shirts and jackets!  I'm going to be excited to see my gray windbreaker and navy long-sleeved polo shirt!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

GE Is Almost Full

A mere 12 places left for this year's Great Escape, and we are still 26 days away from our traditional Early Bird Deadline.  This is a monumental record for us!
  Do I need to add that if you haven't yet registered, do it now!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy Fourth!

It's on its way! 
I hope you enjoy your 4th of July celebration, whatever it might be!  I'll be in Maine with some much-loved young relatives.

If you haven't yet signed up for GE, one more workshop has filled, and it's mine - bullet journaling.  I just purchased the last of the supplies yesterday, figuring that it would not fill and I'd get to keep them for my selfish self! 

Make a mental note to sign up as soon as the festivities end!

Thanks to Vecteezy and Smashing Magazine for the free icons! 
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Monday, June 19, 2017

Workshops are Filling Up!

The first workshop to close this year is Kathy's take on upscale God's Eyes.  I've seen some pictures of her plans and I think they'll be mighty pretty!  Three others are closed as well, we are at 70% capacity, and Christa's House is full.  So don't delay and sign up today!

Shibori Dying is full.  One section of Geochaching is full, but one remains open, and Cross Stich Embroidery is full.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

New GE Apparel for 2017!

We have three new GE logo embroidered clothing options for 2017 - but you must order them in advance!  Get a short sleeved polo, a long sleeve polo, or a Casco Bay windbreaker, from LL Bean. The fleeces from a few years ago are still going strong - I slept in mine at Runels last weekend - quality stuff.  We have women's, misses' and men's sizes available.

The GE tent and fire logo will be embroidered on the shoulder in bright green. To order, go to the product sales page on our website. 

The shirts are available in six colors, the windbreaker in four.  I'm planning on the long sleeve and the windbreaker, but I haven't decided the colors yet!  If you've been to GE, you know that windbreaker will come in handy walking back to the cabin after the evening festivities, after a swim, or on a bird watching hike.

The fleece jackets and vests - that baby bump is almost three now!

Pickup details will be sent to you after the complete order goes into LL Bean. You can order apparel even if you can't come to GE this year.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Time to Register for Great Escape 2017

Registration for Great Escape 2017 has open up over at the website.  Traffic is heavy, so decide which workshops you'd like to take and sign up as soon as possible. We did have to close registrations before the event last year, so don't wait until September rolls around.

UPDATE:  registrations are coming in faster than even last year! Don't delay!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Workshop List is Here!

A draft of the workshop list is at the Great Escape website.  There are still some kinks still to be worked out, but start making your list so that you'll be ready to register!  Some favorites are back, such as chocolate truffles, swimming, basket weaving and painting. 
We have some new crafts - including story stones and stick knitting.  Tech skills are covered by Geocaching and smartphone photography.  It's a long list, so take a gander!

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.)

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cookie Centennial Dance

Girl Scouts has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie this year.  The Lexington Girl Scouts dedicated their annual "Me and My Pal" dance to the Girl Scout Cookie Centennial, and I thought you might enjoy some pictures from the party!
Part of the Cadette Troop which organized the dance for the Daisy/Brownie/Junior GS and their escorts

The photo booth is always a hit, and the props sure celebrate cookies!

Round and Round they go under the tutelage of Mr. Jim Banks, dance caller extraordinaire!  How long has he been doing the GS dance?  Even I can't tell you that.  But he's been retired from teaching gym for quite a while now!

Graveyard of GS cookie flavors.  I miss the lemon cremes.  What's your favorite blast from the past?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Girls! Vote for New Badge Designs until Feb 17th

It's important to get kids out in nature.  Here's a great resource I found the other day.  It recommends getting kids out in the wild at least once a year in an effort to bring childhood back!

Troop camping is an important way that Girl Scouting accomplishes this!

Until this Friday, Girl Scouts can vote for the design of the new troop camping badges.  As a GS leader I'm so looking forward to having new camping badges for my troop next year.  Here's the 411, as we used to say...(does 411 even work any more?)  Click here to go to the survey!