Workshops

Great Escape Book Club

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Book Club discussion will take place immediately before dinner at 5:30.  Location will be announced at the Great Escape. Optional: Please bring your copy of Being Mortal.

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.

A1 Beeswax Wraps FULL

Beeswax wraps are an ecologically sound replacement for plastic wraps. They can be used to wrap up food directly (cheese, sandwiches) or cover pans and bowls. This is a craft that can be done with the girls in your troop for gifts.

If you would like to make some to specifically match your kitchen decor, bring a yard of fabric(100% cotton), otherwise, fabric will be supplied by the instructor at a cost of $3 to $5 per yard (depending on the actual price of the fabric). Please indicate if you will be bringing your own fabric when you sign up.

Presenter: Bandit Porter
A2 Braided Fabric Yarn Trivet

Participants will make fabric yarn from cut up t-shirts, they will braid the “yarn” and use the braid to create a trivet by sewing the braid in a circle.

Please bring: Three t-shirts of various colors (new (washed) or old) they will be braided together so colors should be coordinated; scissors; binder clip; needle and thread (color dependent upon t-shirt colors).

Presenter: Cathy Leblanc
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
A4 Wine Cork Ornaments FULL

Have you been saving your wine corks planning on doing “something” with them “someday?” Someday has arrived! Bring your collection and learn how to make ornaments!

Please bring your own corks (about 12).

Presenter: Yvonne Burdette
A5 Compass Fun

Learn some fun ways to introduce the compass to girls as well as improving your skill level with one by playing games. No prior knowledge of compass use is necessary.

Bring a base plate compass if you have one.

Presenter: Lesley Murray
A6 Tour and Lore of Camp Wabasso

Take a tour of Camp Wabasso with a former staff member. Learn about the history of the rabbit, and explore the hidden treasures of the lovely camp.

Presenter: Donna McLellan
A7 Knots and Lashing

Get back to basics and learn the art of knots and lashing  to enhance your camping experiences. Brush up your skills in preparation for the Great Escape Camping Competition workshop to be held in session CD.

Presenter: Audrey Labelle
A8 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
A9 Handmade Gift Boxes from Old Calendars

We will take unused or out of date wall calendars with beautiful pictures on good stock paper and make small to medium size boxes that can be used for gift presenting, collecting or storing items, or a pretty thing to look at! Your Girl Scouts of all ages will love this adaptable item!

You can bring your own scissors, scotch tape, rulers, calendars, magazines or paper stock. Scrapbook paper are great too. I’ll have a supply of materials as well. 

Presenter: Janine Hart-Hueber

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
AB2 Stained Glass Presents FULL

Make some presents while experiencing the basics of working with beautiful colors. Learn to cut glass and do copper foil method.

Presenter: Kaye Glass

Session B: Saturday – 11:00 – 12:30

B0 Free Time

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

B1 Gelli Printing on Paper

Monoprinting using a Gelatin plate similar to the Gelli plates that are sold. I will present how to make your own for less. Then we will use pre-made plates and learn printing techniques using resists from stencils, natural materials like leaves, onion bags and positive printing using rubber stamps on the plate. Once the techniques are shown, participants will have an opportunity to create their own stamped 5x 8 paper and compile into their own journals. A small (4×4) gelatin plate and a a list of links and a list of resources will also be yours to take home.

Participants need to bring their own breyer such as the Speedball Breyer:
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Instructor will have stencils, leaves, and other items to use as resist items

Presenter: Penny Beer
B2 Homemade Body Scrubs
Presenter: Kathy Johnson
B3 Girl Scouts Beyond the Troop

Did you enjoy your time as a troop leader, but your girls have graduated? Do you want to volunteer more with Girl Scouts, but do not have the time to have your own troop? This workshop with discuss some ideas on how to keep involved with Girl Scouts beyond being a troop leader. Participants will be encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences.

Presenter: Sue Kohlman
B4 Rock Painting

People all over the country are painting rocks and then leaving them around town, in parks, in public buildings and downtown streets. It’s a fun and creative way to combine art, physical activity and community. Transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and paint some rocks to bring home and hide for others. Artistic ability not necessary, great craft for beginners and experienced alike.

All supplies will be provided by the instructor.

Presenter: Rose Salvati
B5 Fabric Wreaths FULL

Old sheets and tablecloths, fleece scraps, fabric remnants, ribbons, tulle, old clothes (plaid shirts!  Blue jeans!),  scissors, and a wire frame is all you need to make these adorable wreaths.  They can be large or small, round square, heart shaped or you can bend a wire clothes hanger into a special shape.

Instructor will supply a small frame, and will have some fabric available, but if you have a special sheet or something you’d like to make into a keepsake, bring it along and we can brainstorm!

 

Presenter: Deb Holland
B6 Let's Go Fly a Kite

As a kid, if you were lucky to be able to get outdoors in any wide open space, or had a dream that you were Mary Poppins, you’ll want to share that adventure with your family, troop or group! This workshop will bring back memories and allow you the time to make a simple kite using inexpensive materials found in any hardware store. If the wind (and weather) cooperate, we’ll even have time to watch our creations float above Camp Wabasso! So start humming, “Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height,….”

Presenters: Pat Gardner and Paula Ruozzi
B7 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: Olivia Howry
B8 Introduction to Soprano Recorder Playing

Was the last time you played the recorder in elementary school music class? Have you never played, but want to learn how to make beautiful music, without carrying around large instrument. This workshop is for those who have never played the recorder before.

Recorders will be provided.

Presenter: Toosie Margolies
B9 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!

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

Presenter: Amy Svedberg

Session K: Saturday – 1:00 – 2:00 (Immediately After Lunch)

K Silk Screening FULL

This workshop will be done immediately after lunch, but before session C begins.Bring your own shirt to lunch and silkscreen the Great Escape logo.

Please use light colored short or long sleeve shirts, since we will be using dark ink.

Presenter: Kaye Glass

Session C: Saturday – 2:15 – 3:45

C0 Free Time

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

C1 Just can’t ETCH enough

Glass etching is a fun and easy technique that involves a chemical process that leaves a permanent frosted design on the surface of glass. In this hands-on workshop, you will be provided with the material and design stencils to create a custom candle holder. Etched items are easy to create and make great personalized gifts!

Materials will be provided by instructors.

Presenters: Ellen Walsh and Karen Walsh
C2 Decorated Cupcakes

Have you ever admired the fancy bakery cupcakes but didn’t want to spend the price that they were asking? In this work shop we will learn some techniques to make these cupcakes. We will be working with various shaped decorating tips. The cupcakes will be made ahead of time and will all be peanut and tree nut free, however some of the decorating taking place will contain Girl Scout cookies with peanut butter.

Please bring plastic containers to take the cupcakes home

Presenter: Ginny Oneil
C3 Twig Hearts and Stars

Bring back some old fashioned crafts to your troop or make some for gifts. Stars made out of twigs are a simple craft that add old-fashioned warmth to your home décor. Cinnamon apple sauce hearts a perfect holiday fun activity for people of all ages. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over.

Presenter: Marielle Thorne
C4 Wet on Wet Watercolor Painting

Why express your thoughts on a piece of white paper when you can easily prepare beautiful backgrounds for signs, greeting cards, posters, and more?  Absolutely no ‘talent’ required to learn this peaceful and meditative technique.

 

 

 

Presenter: Deb Holland
C5 Digital Photography in the Great Outdoors

Capture the beauty of camp as you hike around Camp Wabasso with your digital camera (or phone). We’ll briefly discuss how to get a great shot using the basics of good composition and framing before exploring.

Please bring digital camera (DSLR) or camera phone

Presenter: Danielle Dulchinos
C6 Canoeing for Relaxation

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
C7 Fabric Friendship Birds

The origin of these birds was bought at an East African stall at a craft event in England c 1985. Linda Chartrand was inspired to create ” friendship birds” and have them available for participants in events at Pax Lodge in London. They are made from fabric scraps, ribbons, and beads. I will have plenty available but if you have a favorite fabric or ribbons please feel free to bring them. We will use a mixture of machine and hand sewing to make them. Make one for yourself or some to give away.

Instructor will have plenty of fabric available but if you have a favorite fabric or ribbons please feel free to bring them. We will use a mixture of machine and hand sewing to make them.

Presenter: Lesley Murray
C8 Geocaching (Off-Camp)

In our introduction to geocaching, you’ll use GPS technology to navigate your way to hidden treasure, while learning more about the popular adventure activity that is now a worldwide hobby. We will be going off site to find a real geocache only about a 10-minute drive away.

Please bring your own handheld GPS, if you have one.

Presenter: Amy Svedberg

Session CD: Saturday – 2:15 – 5:30

CD1 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
CD2 Stained Glass Presents FULL

Make some presents while experiencing the basics of working with beautiful colors. Learn to cut glass and do copper foil method.

Presenter: Kaye Glass
CD3 Camping Skills Competition

Do you want to learn camping skills to get your troop outdoors? The fastest way to learn is to learn by doing and competing in this skills. Come to the GE with your crew (patrol) or come and make new friends and form patrols. Compete in these fast paced skills: 1) fire building 2) Log sawing 3) Tripod Lashing 4) Knot tieing (taut line, clove hitch, bowline) 5) orienteering First Aid 6) You can look up on YouTube about these skills (T.R.E.C. Knots).

Presenter: Lou Clark

Session D: Saturday – 4:00 – 5:30

D0 Free Time

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

D1 Yoga for Beginners

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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
D2 Tiny Decorated Canvases

 

Use paper, paint and glitter to create tiny canvases that can be used as hanging ornaments or gift tags/decorations. Or both!

 

 

 

 

Presenter: Michelle Kramer
D3 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: Olivia Howry
D4 Quick and Easy Holiday Cards

Impress your family with four (4) different style holiday cards made with scraps of paper and embellishments.

Please bring a glue stick, or other paper adhesive.

Presenter: Sue Kohlman
D5 Transition Time Singing

How do you keep girls engaged during transition times between activities? Why with Girl Scout songs of course! Come learn or refresh yourself on repeat-after-me and simple songs to keep girls focused and entertained between activities.

Presenter: Danielle Dulchinos
D6 Ensemble Recorder Playing

Opportunity to play with others! Music will be provided. For folks beyond beginners. Soprano, Alto and Tenor recorders welcome.

Please bring your own recorder.

Presenter: Toosie Margolies

Session E: Sunday – 10:30 – 12:00

E0 Free Time

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

E1 Ready Aim Shoot

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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
E2 Basic Autoharp

Learn the basics of the beautiful and portable autoharp.

Autoharps will be provided, or bring your own.

Presenter: Kaye Glass
E3 Geocaching (On-Camp)

Try your hand at geocaching at camp! Join us in learning the process of setting out your own treasure hunt close to home!

Please bring your own handheld GPS, if you have one.

Presenter: Amy Svedberg

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