Registration for GE 2018 is open!

Monday, September 17, 2018

It's getting closer

When you see this picture do you think "less than 100 days until Christmas" or "just eleven days until Great Escape?"  Both are true!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Auction Live!

Our live auction takes place after dinner on Saturday night at the Great Escape. It's designed to be fun and funny, but it has a very serious purpose; to support our GSEM camps in ways that enrich the camping experience for girls (and sometimes for us too!)  For the complete story go here.  For 'just the facts' see reasons below.

What:  Hand crafted gift items or gift baskets - minimum value should be $25
Who:  Kaye is back as auctioneer this year.  We hope individuals or groups will bring auction items!
When: Saturday night of Great Escape, after dinner
Where: Items will be displayed in dining hall, and numbered and tagged as they are brought in.
Why:  Make the world a better place and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Have you finished our Book Club selection?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

One month to go!

And over 100 people are registered for the Great Escape!
Registration closes on Sept. 14th.  Register quickly if you want to get in under the wire.  The committee has been busy.  I've already started piling bags and boxes of 'stuff' to lug in my hallway.  Tablecloths will be ironed, decorations started, craft stores scoured for workshop materials.
We have a's a secret.  Will I get it all done on time?
Yes, there will be an opening ceremony!  Will I get it written on time?
Or am I as crazy as one of these guys, who are probably breathing a sigh of relief now that summer camp is over.  Or are they chortling with glee?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fill 'er Up!

NOTE:  As of June 27th, 12 workshops are full! Hurry!

At this writing, there are only about 20 slots left for Great Escape 2018.
  Early bird registration ends on July 1st this year, so if you want to take advantage of the discount, head over to the website and register.  Six workshops are full, so hurry up before more are closed out!

Thursday, May 31, 2018


I love the way our patches turned out.  I wonder if I can manage to sew one on my GE fleece vest before the event?  Almost 4 months to go....but I'm slow.
The color isn't great on this photo -  the background is a bit yellower.  They are 3.5 inches in diameter, and a good, hefty weight.  Exciting!  You can order one with registration, but we will have plenty of extras.  They would make a great gift for friends who can't make it this year - only $3.00 and of course, proceeds benefit good old GSEMA camps....see here for our giving summary.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Mugs Are Here!

While I was off at Encampment this weekend, I kept DH busy receiving shipments - I ordered a fire pit kit, a yard of crushed stone, and the Great Escape mugs arrived.  I am so pleased with them - they will make great gifts, too since each one comes with a protective bag and box.

By the way, I noticed today that some woman from Texas - named Joanna or JoJo, I think, is selling mugs like these at Target.  But hers don't have our logo, designed by the famous Kaye "Kookie" G. Nor do hers benefit our fabulous GSEMA camps - but these do - see here for the 411.

Quantities are limited - you can order one when you register.  The rest will be for sale at the GE, first come first served - just $10.00.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Over Half Full!

At painting class today, I mentioned that I had recently survived a tornado at a Girl Scout Camp in Sutton NH.  One of the painters said "Camp Wabasso?  I went there in fourth and fifth grade."  I handed her the website address and told her all about the Great Escape.

Amazingly, time is running out if you want to sign up for this year - we are about 60% full after only 10 days. Lots of workshops still have room, though - we were talking about rock painting in our watercolor class, and there's room in two different classes - including story stones, which is a wonderful thing to have in a GS, teaching or grandma's tool kit!

Fixer Upper fans might have noticed that Jojo used twig stars in a reno she did for a 'wounded warrior' in the last season of the show, and we have a workshop for that!
Wet on Wet Watercolors are something anyone can have fun with, and you can help us make a book
to be used at the event!
Scout skills are always fun to learn, even if you don't have a troop any more.  Geocaching is a new-ish sort of a scavenger hunt with the help of a hand-held GPS device, but if you are old school, you can brush up on your compass skills with Lesley! 

Something for everyone!  Register now!

Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 Merchandise Preview

This year we are selling metal campfire mugs - really retro!  They will look like this, only with the GE logo...
People have been asking for patches for a long time - and here is the proof - the actual patch will be 3.5 inches wide, embroidered in green on yellow fabric. 
The mugs are $10 each, the patches $3.  You can order one of each when you register.  More will be for sale at the event, but the quantities, especially of the mugs, will be limited so bring cash!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Registration is Open!


There were two big storms this weekend!  One was at Camp Wabasso - there might have been a tornado, even!  We were camping in Tinuwen and I am happy to say that thanks to the rock climbing wall, the pavilion stayed dry, and my girls were very brave - no panic.  Our access was cut off for a short time by a fallen tree but the doughty Bruce brought his chainsaw and the tractor, and freed us.  The girls enjoyed his lesson on chainsaw safety.  He graciously opened up Christa's house for us so the girls, who are very interested in space science, could visit her memorial.  Bruce was planting sunflower seeds, but who knows what other seeds were planted by his patient answers to their questions?   Thanks, Bruce, for keeping our camp so beautiful.

The other storm was the emails exchanged by committee members as we go live with registration!  Take a look at the workshop list and make your picks.  We are also ordering new patches and mugs for sale this year - pictures will be available as soon as I finalize proofs with the vendors.

Other than downed trees, camp came through the storm unscathed!  Here are a few pictures to remind you of how beautiful it is, even before the leaves come out.  Sign up soon to ensure your space for our fall gathering.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Our 2018 Book Club Author

When Julie suggested "Being Mortal" for our book club selection, I knew immediately that it would be a good book, because I've long been familiar with Atul Gawande's writing via the New Yorker magazine.

Gawande has a website at  You might want to take a look! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Patriots' Day is almost here!

In Massachusetts and Maine we celebrate Patriots' Day.  Lexington and Concord pull out all the stops parades and events.  In Lexington, our Girl Scouts will be participating in both parades this year.  And of course, there's the big reenactment which attracts 10s of 1000s of people!

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In between, there are pancake breakfasts and a road race.  After the race, there's a concert of Patriotic and American Music!  I'll be appearing as the MC.

Patriotic and American Music
Broadway, Ragtime, Jazz, Spirituals, Marches, Sing-alongs

Monday, April 16, 2018
11:15-12:00 Noon

Hancock Church
(The stone church opposite The Battle Green seen in the photo above)

1912 Massachusetts Ave

Lexington, MA

Family-Friendly, Accessible

Suggested Donation $3/person

Proceeds to benefit
The William E. Russell School, Dorchester

(the concert was a great success in spite of epic rain!  Thanks to all who attended and participated...see you next year.)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Great Escape Book Club Selection 2018

The Great Escape book club selection for 2018 is “Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande. 

 It's about dealing with the issues that arise at the end of life - where to live, what to do and what kind of medical care to pursue.  Although that may seem a bit dour, the book's question based strategy: asking  people what they want in the long run instead of telling them what they could have in the short run - is a useful tool.  So many Great Escapers are facing, will face or have faced these questions and we hope that this book will equip us to cope with the pressures of modern life and medical care.

Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's and a wonderful writer. Many of the examples he uses in this book are drawn from events in his (Indian) family and his wife's (Anglo) family, which illuminates some cultural contrasts between attitudes toward aging.   He also writes about people and institutions in MA who are providing innovative solutions for families.  Below are the back of book review quotes from the paperback (the book is available in both hardcover and paperback.)  Time Magazine said: "This should be mandatory reading for every American."

Sunday, March 18, 2018

And the forest beckons....

Yes, we are still working on this year's plans and hoping for spring.

 Kaye "Cookie" reminded us of how lovely it was at last year's event, so I am sharing her reaction to this photo with you!
I hope you had a moment this last week to reflect on our 106th anniversary on March 12th and that you have a good week.  It looks as if there will not be a northeaster on the first day of spring! Yeah!

Thanks to Michelle K for the photos!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book Club 2017 Followup

Our Great Escape Book Club selection for last year was A Man Called Ove.  Readers enjoyed it greatly and our discussions about what constitutes a community were lively and enjoyable.  We were psyched that so many Escapers came to the discussion.
The author, Fredrick Backman, has written more books, and since I enjoyed Ove I decided to read both of them.  If you read them, know that you should tackle the Grandmother before you take on Britt Marie, since Britt Marie is a sequel to Grandmother.  I found Britt-Marie more compelling than the Grandmother, and more similar to Ove.  Let me know your feelings.  And keep your silverware drawers well organized.

I'm on vacation for the next couple of weeks, but I'll be tackling a book that we are thinking of for 2018.  We hope to post our choice soon!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Holidays

Happy Valentine's Day, yes, but we Girl Scouts celebrate a more important holiday in February; World Thinking Day!

World Thinking Day is February 22nd because that day was the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.  On this day, Guides and Scouts all over the world pause to reflect on the impact that our world-wide movement has had since 1908 and will have for many more years to come.

For organizations that are part of WAGGGS (the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) this year's theme is IMPACT; Making a positive change in the world.  Click here to download the activities packet and choose your activities (many of which are great for use with any group, not just Girl Scouts!)  And, the packet is available in Spanish, French, Chinese and other world languages as well!

By the way, this is the 401st post on this blog!  If you like it, let us know in the comment section!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Runels Reading Challenge

Great Escapers know that our kitchen crew is helmed by Fluke, whose summer job is director of Camp Runels.  The Runels staff has a wonderful challenge for their campers this year. 
Campers who read 20 books that fit into a list of general categories by the end of their camp session will be awarded the "Love to Read" patch shown above.  Head over to the Runels blog for more details.

Here are some of the categories - can you think of books from your own experience that would qualify? My old favorite "Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp" could fit the final category, for sure!  If you have suggestions, feel free to  comment!
  • A book with a color in the title.
  • A book about an interesting girl/woman. 
  • A book with a time of day in the title.
  • A book set at sea.
  • A book involving a sport.
  • A book with an animal in the title.
  • A book with alliteration.
  • The next book in a series you started.
  • A book about twins.
  • A book that is a childhood classic.
  • A book with an ugly cover.
  • A book set in a library/bookstore.
  • A book with a fruit or veggie in the title.
  • A book that was a gift.
  • A book that involves a mystery.
  • A book about one of your heroes.
  • A non-fiction book.
  • A favorite of another Girl Scout you know.
  • A book about summer camp!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Workshops for 2018

This weekend we started on our list of workshops for 2018.  Already we've got:

Stained Glass Presents (yes, she's back!)
Good Luck Birds
Wet on Wet Watercolors
Fleece or Fabric Wreaths

Watch this space for registration information!  Of course, sometimes presenters have to change plans unexpectedly, but this gives you a sneak peek.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Instagram #gsgreatescape

Did you know that Instagram recently made a change which means that instead of just following accounts, you can follow hashtags?  So if you are on Instagram and you follow #gsgreatescape you will see any post tagged with #gsgreatescape.

Yesterday we had our big meeting and came up with lots of great ideas!  And we has some yummy yummy food, which I have insta'd!  So take a look!