By popular demand – our amazing live auction! Bring your wonderful hand-crafted or enticing gift items (minimum value $25) to be auctioned by a surprise guest auctioneer in 2017!
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Our exciting auction has had winning bids ranging from $25-$150. The auctions benefit our Girl Scout camps.
No silent auction in 2017.
What Happens To Our Auction Profits?
Since Great Escape has been keeping records of fees and donations, the Committee has paid over $11,000 for the use of the camps during underutilized time periods. 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 Girl Scouts, Eastern Massachusetts Council to provide 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. Among other items, more than 25 new mattresses were purchased for the camp cots; all Wabasso Girl and Adult campers can be grateful for these clean and comfy mattresses! In 2013, we donated money to help buy new ceiling fans/lights for the theatre so that it can be used more often. 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.
In addition to our monetary donations, Great Escape has provided hands-on service through several projects. At the end of each annual Great Escape Weekend, participants break down the cots in the tent units at Wabasso, saving the Council the cost of hiring help to do this. A handmade quilt was created by Committee members and donated to the American Room at Foxlease in England. Several Committee members collaborated to make curtains for Camp Laurel Wood in Spencer where we have spent several winter Committee “retreats.”
We are grateful to all who have laughed and cried and sung and played with us at our weekends in the woods. We look forward to having new Girl Scout Adults and High School Senior Girl Scouts join us.