Registration for GE 2018 will open in Spring 2018.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Service Events for Girls and Adults

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 also a leader, bring your whole troop!

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

You may also RSVP on our Facebook page at

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.

Two events!

October 21st, 2017
Saturday 1:00 pm
St Mary of the Nativity Church
Scituate, MA

November 5, 2017
Camp Rice Moody
Sunday 1:00 pm
 Reading, MA

Saturday, September 30, 2017


This year's theme for GE was pumpkins!  They were everywhere.
Wynelle and Deb K. (who couldn't be with us, sadly) did a great job on decorations and the photo board.

Audrey (above, left) was Wynelle's (2nd from right) partner in crime this year.
Even the tables were decorated with an additional 'pumpkin' candle for each place at Saturday dinner.
The photo board makes a great 'front drop' for pictures every year.

It was a great weekend!  Anyone got a good pic of Wynelle in costume?  Somehow no one's sent me one yet....

Thursday, September 28, 2017


We're getting so tech-savvy at GE - this year we are bringing you videos, thanks to our friend Michelle.  She's put a few videos on YouTube.  You won't believe some of the things GS leaders get up to (SUP!) at camp when there are no little ones around.

Another One For The Books

I think this year's even had the best weather ever!  Although it was raining in MA, as soon as you got to NH the skies cleared, and Saturday and Sunday the weather was in the 80s. Hatchet throwing, mountains, yoga, stand up paddleboarding, swimming - it's all good when the weather's fine.  Here's a few photos, and more will be coming along later.

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!

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!