VENMO is here! NEW FOR 2019. Pay for your auction winnings via VENMO.
The 2019 Auction was a great success and we’ll be announcing more good news in the new year. The 2018 Great Escape Auction raised $1545 for a new washer and dryer for Camp Wabasso!!! Staff really appreciated being able to wash campers’ soiled sleeping bags on property, saving a 3 – 4 hour trip to the laundromat.
By popular demand – our amazing live auction! Bring your wonderful hand-crafted or enticing gift items (minimum value $25) to be auctioned.Need ideas for enticing gift baskets? Go here!
Winning bids range from $25-$150. The auctions benefit our Girl Scout camps.
What Happens To Our Profits?
Since Great Escape has been keeping records of fees and donations, the Committee has paid over $16,000 for the use of the camps during underutilized time periods. Great Escape, by running a fund-raising auction each year, has raised more than $19,000 most of which has been earmarked for Camp Wabasso. The money was used by Girl Scouts, Eastern Massachusetts 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 Challenge Course at Wabasso. We gave $3,500 towards outfitting all the winterized spaces with new cooking stoves and buying new cross country skis. In 2018, we voted to purchase a commercial washer and dryer for the Wabasso infirmary so that staff won’t need to leave camp to launder sleeping bags that meet with the unfortunate accidents that happen when campers become ill. When you participate in our Auctions or purchase our merchandise, you are helping to support our Council properties and the girls who camp there.
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 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.
We no longer have a silent auction.