Workshops

 The Great Escape’s 2017 workshops are here!


Great Escape Book Club

Updated this year: The Book Club will meet during the D workshop block. The fourth Great Escape book club selection is our first fiction book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. See below for details.

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 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
A2 Decorated Wooden Serving Trays

The perfect gift that says how much you care!  Participants will decorate wooden serving tray and seal the bottom of the tray with an epoxy resin which will protect the decorations.  Limited amounts of rub on art appliques and stencils for painting will be available.

Please bring photos or other small mementos to use to decorate the trays, as well as a large shirt size box to store the tray while drying and transporting home.

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 Adult Swim Lessons - Intermediate

Join us for a “free swim,” or ask for pointers on form. We’re glad to have you!

Please bring a swim costume (required), towel (recommended), and cap & goggles (optional).

Presenter: Jill Register
A5 Old-Fashioned Cross Stitch FULL

Learn how to cross stitch without the assistance of stencils. An excellent opportunity to become proficient at a new craft!

Please bring an embroidery hoop, floss, scissors, and embroidery needle. 

Presenter: Yvonne Burdette
A6 Axes: How? When? Where?

Learn the art of chopping wood safely. This activity can be used to instill courage, confidence and character in your girls!

Presenters: Sarah Leshay and Jess Woods
A7 Build Your Own Solar Device Charger

Keep pace with the growing Girl Scout STEM program. Learn enough basic electronics to build your own cell phone solar charger. By connecting the solar panel to the battery pack and other components, you’ll complete a simple circuit. Leave class with a diagram, instructions, knowledge and a working solar charger ready to take with you into the woods.

Please bring your own cell phone and phone charging cable to the workshop. Due to materials cost of these devices, participants will be charged $5 each. Thank you!

Presenter: Lou Clark Fee: $5
A8 Shibori Indigo Dyeing FULL

shibori examplesShibori dying, a Japanese indigo (blue) pattern dye technique, is very popular right now and Donna will teach you the technique to do it yourself.  You’ll go home with a finished item similar to those in these pictures. Note: this is the same workshop that is offered in the B block to provide more people the opportunity to learn Shibori. (This workshop is also offered during session B6.)

Please bring a small all-cotton item such as a t-shirt, pillow case, tea towel or similar item.

 

Presenter: Donna McLellan
A9 Sweater Mittens

Make your own fleece lined mittens out of an old sweater. Some sewing experience is necessary.

Please bring your own sewing machine, thread, scissors, and pins; 1/4 yard of fleece and a sweater of your choosing. (You may have a sweater that you wish to use already, but if not, look in thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation army, etc. Sweaters do not have to be wool. If you use wool and you want it to be felted, you will need to do this beforehand.)

Presenter: Bandit Porter

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 Enjoy Fall Views from Mt. Sunapee

We will carpool to nearby Mt. Sunapee where we will ride the ski lift to the summit of the Mountain. On a clear day, we might see mountains in Vermont to the west or Mt Lafayette in the White Mountains or maybe even Mt. Washington! We’ll have time to explore the summit and admire the fall views.

Please bring sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. Optional: bring your camera.

Presenter: Laura Lane

Session ABCD: Saturday – 9:15 – 5:30

ABCD Memory Quilts

Have you saved all the cute “onesies” from your child or grandchild? Do you have every T-shirt your daughter wore in high school? How about clothing from loved ones who have passed? All of these things can be moved out of your closet and be turned into quilts!

Please bring quilting supplies and scissors, along with personal “memory” items. Bring sewing machine, if possible (several will be on hand). 

Presenter: Betsy Griffin

Session B: Saturday – 11:00 – 12:30

B0 Free Time

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

B1 Hatchet Throwing

Ever thought about competing as a lumberjack? Want to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse? Or just try a new sport that has been described as “darts on steroids”? Come learn how to throw a hatchet properly and take turns hitting targets from 25 feet away.

Presenter: Lou Clark
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
B3 Bullet Journaling FULL

Bullet Journaling is a popular, low-tech and flexible organizational technique. It’s designed to help users organize every aspect of their lives in one place — the low-tech equivalent of all those SmartPhone apps you hear about on TV. It can be fun and creative or just functional — it’s up to the user! It’s a great technique for those who feel that they are ‘scatterbrained’ or have been diagnosed with an executive function deficit – as well as those who are busy and need the peace of mind of knowing that the BUJO has your back! Instructor will supply a ‘get started’ notebook and a pen and other supplies. Where you go from there is up to you!

Presenter: Deb Holland
B4 Coloring for Adults

Have you seen the coloring books for adults at craft stores and gift shops and wondered what all the fuss was about?  Explore the fun and stress reducing effects of coloring beyond the crayon.  A selection of coloring books and colored pencils will be provided.

Presenter: Nancy Tucker
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
B6 Shibori Indigo Dyeing FULL

Shibori dying, a Japanese indigo (blue) pattern dye technique, is very popular right now and Donna will teach you the technique to do it yourself.  You’ll go home with a finished item similar to those in these pictures. Note: this is the same workshop that is offered in the B block to provide more people the opportunity to learn Shibori. (This workshop is also offered during session A8.)

Please bring a small all-cotton item such as a t-shirt, pillow case, tea towel or similar item.

Presenter: Donna McLellan
B7 Upscale Ojo de Dios

Learn how to weave a traditional “God’s Eye” with a twist. Some dexterity is required. Enjoy a craft you can share with your troop!

Please bring scissors and yarn (for yourself and some to share).

Presenter: Kathy Johnson
B8 DIY Jeopardy!

Competition! Trivia! Fun! Put them all together and you’ve got a barrel of laughs! We’ll show you how to put the board together and use it for a great ‘game night’ event or a troop teambuilding activity!

Presenter: Pat Gardner & Paula Ruozzi
B9 Sweater Mittens

Extra session added! Make your own fleece lined mittens out of an old sweater. Some sewing experience is necessary.

Please bring your own sewing machine, thread, scissors, and pins; 1/4 yard of fleece and a sweater of your choosing. (You may have a sweater that you wish to use already, but if not, look in thrift stores, Goodwill, Salvation army, etc. Sweaters do not have to be wool. If you use wool and you want it to be felted, you will need to do this beforehand.)

Presenter: Bandit Porter

Session BC: Saturday – 11:00 – 3:45

BC Terrific Chocolate Truffles

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Learn to make chocolate truffles and make some to take home – if you can resist eating them long enough!  Marielle will lead you through the process of cooking, mixing, forming and chilling home made chocolate truffles that will have your family and friends swooning in chocolate comas!

If you have special flavors or ingredients you would like to use (for example, Girl Scout cookies, a liqueur or flavoring extract), please bring them and we’ll try to incorporate them.  Instructor will also have flavorings available.

This workshop will break for lunch and finish after.

Presenter: Marielle Thorne

Session C: Saturday – 2:15 – 3:45

C0 Free Time

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

C1 Pilates for Beginners

What is pilates? Come find out! Similar to yoga, it puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, and improving coordination and balance. However, pilates focuses more on the body’s core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips.

Presenter: Allison Wedge
C2 Smart Photos from Your Smartphone

Get quick and simple tips on using your smartphone to take smarter pictures. We’ll explore the basics of good composition and shot framing using your phone’s built in camera. Then you’ll head out around camp to try your new skills!

Please bring your phone with a camera (or a simple digital camera).

Presenter: Danielle Dulchinos
C3 Cooperative Games

Quick and easy with little or no preparation or equipment, come learn fun mixers that will have your girls chatting and your adults laughing in no time!  Ease the process of meeting and greeting with some fun games that will break the ice, resulting in cooperative work and successful projects.

Presenter: Audrey LaBelle
C4 Chill Out with the Dyers

Have fun creating a tie dye item using a new advanced fun technique. We will use ice to help in the dying process. Come check out this cool new tie dye workshop.

Presenter: Katie McCarty
C5 Dutch Oven Cooking

What wonders can you create in the outdoors with charcoal with the Queen of the Dutch Oven? Your epicurian delights will have us smacking our lips over tonight’s dessert!

Presenter: Lesley Murray
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
C7 Knitting with Sticks

In this workshop we will be weaving a scarf using knitting sticks (no experience is necessary). Come experience this unique craft that your girls will love! Ginny will also show you how to make these scarfs with your troop without having to purchase the weaving sticks.

Please bring one large skein of thick yarn. To make an additional scarf (troop type), bring another skein of yarn (any size or texture).

C8 Canoeing for Relaxation

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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
C9 Worry Dolls

Learn the history of Guatemalan lore by creating your own Worry Dolls. A wonderful craft to share with your troop!

Presenter: MaryLou Best

Session CD: Saturday – 2:15 – 5:30

CD2 Beginner Wool Needle Felted Owl

Felting is the process of condensing fibers together to create a dense and durable form (in this case, a cute little owl!) This is usually done with wool, but can actually be done with any animal fiber such as alpaca, camel, yak, cashmere, mohair, angora or llama.

Please bring scissors, ruler and a 3″ block of foam, if you have one.

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 2017 book pick is our first fiction book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman. A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Discussion topics begin with the importance of community and whether first impressions should be trusted. Join us!

Optional: Please bring your copy of A Man Called Ove. 

Presenter: Julie Sibert
D2 Leave No Trace: Activities To Do With Your Troop

Hands-on activities that show girls the importance of caring for the environment. Learn from the best!

Presenter: Andie Bray (Camp Runels Trip Director)
D3 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
D4 Friendship Bracelets FULL

Learn simple and some more advanced ways to turn inexpensive embroidery floss into beautiful friendship bracelets. Audrey will also offer ideas of alternative materials for making these bracelets fanciful and unique!

Presenter: Audrey LaBelle
D5 Fall for Service: Supporting Project Sweet Peas

Fall for Service is a project that started from a few pieces of fleece in 2013. Gather with us to help make fleece blankets for babies in local NICUs at area hospitals. We have partnered with Project Sweet Peas to support the families with babies in the NICU. We also have donated crocheted and knitted hats for the babies as well. We will have yarn and fleece (although donations are always welcome). We need hands to help! Join together and chat away with new and old friends while helping the babies.

Please help by bringing scissors; US 3 or 5 double-pointed needles (for knitters interesting in making a hat); and one yard fleece pieces to donate, if desired. 

Presenter: Michelle Kramer
D6 Hand and Foot Card Game

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Have you noticed people playing a mysterious card game at Great Escape?  This workshop will initiate you into the mysteries of Hand and Foot, a multi-player, multi-deck card game that becomes more fun the more people play!

 

 

Presenters: Bandit (Dianne) Porter, Katie McCarty, and Judy Porter
D7 Repeat-After-Me Songs

“This is a Repeat-After-Me song!” Singing is Girl Scout tradition, but not all of us can carry a tune. In this workshop, we’ll practice classic and new repeat-after-me or short silly camp songs like the Princess Pat, Boom Chicka Boom, and Herman the Worm.

Presenter: Danielle Dulchinos

Session E: Sunday – 10:30 – 12:00

E0 Free Time

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

E1 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 C6.)

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

Presenter: Jill Register
E2 Geocaching (On-Camp) FULL

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
E3 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: Lesley Murray

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