2023 Live Auction – More Information Coming Soon
If you can’t be at the 2023 Great Escape, but you wish to support our Girl Scout Camps, please donate to our auction now, by clicking on the Donate button.
The 2019 and 2020 Auction proceeds have been donated! You helped ensure that Girl Scout Camp could be successful this summer (2021) by allowing us to donate $5400.00 dollars to GSEMA – Each camp program (residential and day ) received a large marquee to shelter girls from the weather (and boy, did we have rainy weather this year!) and keep them in the healthy outdoor air. In addition, each camp director received a $300 discretionary grant to be used to ensure morale and safety of girls and staff.
The 2018 Great Escape Auction raised $1545 for a new washer and dryer for Camp Wabasso!!! Staff 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! GE Committee members will be making and donating wonderful gifts in hopes you’ll support our camps by bidding high!
Winning bids range from $25-$150. The auctions benefit our Girl Scout camps.
What Happens To Our Auction Proceeds?
Some of the many items purchased through Great Escape donations are listed below. We have been assured by GSEMA staff that most of these purchases will be (or have already been!) moved to other camps. Rest assured, your prior donations have not been in vain!
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 $25,000 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.