If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2018 Great Escape, please email us!

Great Escape Book Club

The 2018 Great Escape book club selection is Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.  See below for details.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the workshops that we will be offering in 2018!

Stained Glass

Silk Screening

Beeswax Wraps

Rock Painting

Gelli Printing

Homemade Body Scrubs

Glass Etching

Wine Cork Crafts

Fabric Yarn Trivet

Competitive Camping

Twigs and Star Ornaments


Lake Swim
Early Morning or Before Dinner.  Be sure to bring your bathing suits this year to enjoy an early morning or pre-dinner swim. We will be offering escorted open water swim from the swimming beach to the rock directly across from the waterfront, stop and chat a bit on the other side, and then swim back. Preregistration is not required.

Session A: Saturday – 9:15 – 10:45

A0 Free Time

Snack, play cards, sleep, hike, make new friends, relax….the choice is yours.

A3 Story Stones

Story stones have long been used in history for story telling. Their magic and charm is still as strong as ever. Come learn all about them and make special mementos to take home.

Optional: Participants can bring their own special rocks. All supplies will be provided

Presenter: MaryLou Best

Session AB: Saturday – 9:15 – 12:30

AB1 Basic Basket Weaving

Learn basic basket weaving techniques to impress your crafty friends!

Please bring scissors, clothes pins and a small bucket for water to soak your reed. All other supplies will be provided.

Presenter: Chris Costello

Session ABCD: Saturday – 9:15 – 5:30

Session B: Saturday – 11:00 – 12:30

B0 Free Time

Snack, play cards, sleep, hike, make new friends, relax….the choice is yours.

B2 What's SUP?

Stand-Up-Paddle boarding  (SUP) is a sport originating in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider is sitting until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders maintain an upright stance on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. SUP is  the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants of any in the United States.

Presenter: Jill Register
B5 Team Building on Low Ropes

Making your troop a cohesive working group can be a daunting task. Come learn how to challenge your girls and promote cooperation on Wabasso’s Low Rope course.

Presenter: Amy Svedberg

Session BC: Saturday – 11:00 – 3:45

Session C: Saturday – 2:15 – 3:45

C0 Free Time

Snack, play cards, sleep, hike, make new friends, relax….the choice is yours.

C6 Wabasso Challenge Course

Feeling ready for a team challenge? Join in with us on the Wabasso Challenge Course for some team fun working together to accomplish a goal. Some challenges will require a moderate level of physical activity, and you are welcome to opt out at any time. We hope you’ll spend a little time stretching your comfort zone with us! (This workshop is also available during session E1.)

Did you know? The proceeds from the Great Escape auction funded the challenge course at Camp Wabasso!

Presenter: Jill Register
C8 Canoeing for Relaxation

GE 2008 122

Take a spin around the pond with as much or as little instruction as you’d like. Enjoy the lovely sunshine and autumn colors on this lovely little lake in the NH hills.


Presenters: Pat Gardner and Paula Ruozzi

Session CD: Saturday – 2:15 – 5:30

CD2 Beginner Wool Needle Felted Pumpkin

Felting is the process of condensing fibers together to create a dense and durable  form. (In this case a cute pumpkin.) This is usually done with wool, but can actually be done with any animal fiber, such as from alpaca, camel, yak, cashmere, mohair, angora, and llama. Even Polly fill can be felted though it is harder on the needles. Although all of these fibers have the properties that allow them to felt, some are easier to work with than others.

Please bring a 3″ x 5” block of foam rubber (not styrofoam) if you have one. I will have spares available.


Presenter: Mary Ann Savilonis

Session D: Saturday – 4:00 – 5:30

D0 Free Time

Snack, play cards, sleep, hike, make new friends, relax….the choice is yours.

D1 Book Club

Doing a little summer reading? Our 2018 book pick is our first fiction book: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande,






Optional: Please bring your copy of Being Mortal.

Presenter: Julie Sibert
D3 Yoga for Beginners


Have you ever wanted to try yoga?  Now is the time!  A basic yoga class will be provided with a focus on stretching, breathing, and meditation.  You can use this yoga practice with your Girl Scouts!

Please bring a towel or yoga mat, wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. 




Presenter: Lynne Ruozzi

Session E: Sunday – 10:30 – 12:00

E0 Free Time

Snack, play cards, sleep, hike, make new friends, relax….the choice is yours.

E3 Ready Aim Shoot


Ready-Aim-Shoot: An introduction to archery. Have fun  learning to shoot for the first time, or practice your skills. You will  learn the basics, safety, the equipment and why girls love the sport.  Maybe even have a little competition.




Presenter: Olivia Howry