Workshops

UPDATE- June 2022

Here are the 2022 Great Escape Workshops.

Registration is now open.

Workshop Schedule

Session

Workshop Day and Time

AB 

Sat 9:15-12:30PM

Sat 9:15-10:45 AM

B

Sat 11-12:30 PM

BC

Sat 11-3:45 PM

CD

Sat 2:15-5:30PM

C

Sat 2:15- 3:45 PM

D

Sat 4-5:30 PM

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A0Free Time

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

A1UFO (UnFinished Objects)

Do you have a project that you have been meaning to finish “some day”? “Some day” is here! Bring your unfinished sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, scrapbook, or any other unfinished project and work on it among friends. The workshop will be offered all day. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want.

Supplies Needed: Bring whatever supplies are needed for your project.

Presenter: Betsy Griffin
A2English Paper-PiecingFULL

Sorry, but this workshop is full!!  Please signup for one of our other exciting workshops.

English paper-piecing is a very old quilting technique dating back to at least the 18th century. Learn a little about the history of the technique and try out the technique making a small project. We will make a pincushion using hexagons.

Supplies Needed: Participants will need to bring needle and thread and small scissors suitable for cutting thread.

Presenter: Laura Lane
A3Knitting for Charity

Workshop participants will be knitting a simple hat for a child which will be donated to a charity (The Knitting Connection) that provides knitted hats to children in need. A simple pattern will be provided – although participants are welcome to use their own pattern if desired. 

Skill level: Experienced knitters

Supplies Needed: Participants will need to bring knitting needles and yarn. The yarn MUST be 100% acrylic. Pattern and list of supplies will be sent by email to those who sign up for this workshop.

Presenter: Cathy Leblanc
A4Pyrography (Wood Burning)FULL

Sorry,but this workshop is full!!  Please signup for one of our other exciting workshops.

Design and decorate your unique cheese board! Add a garden sign, perhaps a fancy wooden spoon or a coaster. And you can personalize your items for gifts.

Supplies Needed:  All supplies will be provided.

Presenters: Kaye Glass and Karen Brown
A5Traditional Tie Dye

Go back to summer camp and learn how to make traditional tye dying of T-shirts or other cotton materials. Explore different tie-dying techniques that you can use with people of all
ages – knots, spirals, pleats, rosettes, and bunching. 

Supplies Needed: Bring the item of clothing that you wish to tye-dye. Items should be 100% cotton – dying polyester doesn’t go well. They can bring shirts, pillow cases, sweatshirts. 

Presenters: Diane Porter and Katy McCarty
A6Tour and Lore of Camp Wabasso

Take a leisurely hike and tour of Camp Wabasso with a former staff member. Enjoy a lovely autumn hike while learning about the history of the rabbit, and explore the hidden treasures of the lovely camp.

Supplies Needed: Comfortable walking shoes.

Presenter: Donna McLellan
AB1Learn Wet Felting (Double Session)

We will be creating a work of art about 8X10 by “wet felting” wool roving. This will involve gently tearing the roving, layering it in four layers, wetting it, then vigorously rolling it . What a fun way to get an upper body workout!

Supplies Needed: Empty spray bottle, rolling pin, sheet pan with a lip ( Approximately 13X18”), your energy! – rolling pin ( or something similar), hand towel/ dish towel, sense of humor, little strength in upper arms.

Presenter: Ann Selig
AB1Learn Wet Felting (Double Session)

We will be creating a work of art about 8X10 by “wet felting” wool roving. This will involve gently tearing the roving, layering it in four layers, wetting it, then vigorously rolling it . What a fun way to get an upper body workout!

Supplies Needed: Empty spray bottle, rolling pin, sheet pan with a lip ( Approximately 13X18”), your energy! – rolling pin ( or something similar), hand towel/ dish towel, sense of humor, little strength in upper arms.

Presenter: Ann Selig
B0Free Time

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

B1UFO (UnFinished Objects)

Do you have a project that you have been meaning to finish “some day”? “Some day” is here! Bring your unfinished sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, scrapbook, or any other unfinished project and work on it among friends. The workshop will be offered all day. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want.

Supplies Needed: Bring whatever supplies are needed for your project.

Presenter: Betsy Griffin
B2Homemade Bird Food

Make your own bird food. Providing a winter food source for birds is not only a great way to help your local wildlife; encouraging birds to visit your garden/home.

Supplies Needed: All supplies will be provided.

Presenters: Yvonne Burdette and Gabrielle Parker
B3Needle Felted BluebirdFULL

Sorry,but this workshop is full!!  Please signup for one of our other exciting workshops.

Did you ever want to try needle felting? We’ll make a cute bluebird which you can hang in a window or display on a shelf.

Supplies Needed: All supplies will be provided.

 

Presenter: Lesley Murray
B4Ooey-Gooey Afternoons: A Workshop for Camping Fun!

What happens between meals at camp? Yes, food is important, but playtime is remembered fondly long after the troop has returned home. Come play with us! Experience STEM program activities girls of all ages will love! Many activities can be applied to your camping theme or badge requirements. Bring your sense of humor and plan to get messy! No experience required.

Supplies Needed: All supplies and instructions will be supplied. Handouts will be available on the gsgreatescape.org website.

Presenters: Pat Gardner and Paula Ruozzi
B5WAGGGS and Thinking Day Sharing

Get the the inside scoop on WAGGGS-to which we all belong- from experienced lifelong Girl Scouts. We will discuss a ‘Short & Snappy” experience. We will review up to date girl aimed program materials for troops of all levels.

 

Presenters: Karen Brown and Kaye Glass
B6Ready Aim Shoot

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Come join in the fun! Here’s your chance to relive those childhood camp memories of archery or learn what fuss is all about. This is your time to shoot without your girls around.

Supplies Needed: All equipment provided and instruction will be given. All ability levels welcome.

Presenter: Deb Holland
B7Spiral Lentil PendantFULL

Sorry,but this workshop is full!!  Please signup for one of our other exciting workshops.

With a little wrist action and a piece of glass, we will turn oven-bake clay into a spiral one-of-a-kind creation. Add an “e” pin and you have a pendant you will be proud to wear or give as a gift.

Supplies Needed:  All materials will be provided.

Presenter: Peggy Stoudt
BC1AllTrails and iNaturalist 101: Using Your Smart Phone While Hiking (Double Session)

If you like to hike…or walk… and explore but don’t have (or use) a compass, your cellphone can help you get around and answer lots of questions about the things you see!
Learn to use 2 free apps, AllTrails to find a trail that’s just right for your ability and mileage (and stay on it) AND iNaturalist to answer eternal questions like…
“What is THAT tree?” and “What is that bird that I hear?” and “What a pretty flower…salamander…bug…fungus! I NEED to know what it is!”
We’ll pair learning to use these applications with a short hike (1-3 miles) either locally or further afield, depending on the experience of those signed up …and it will include a picnic/daypacked lunch.

Supplies Needed: You’ll need a cellphone and before arriving at camp you’ll want to add https://www.alltrails.com/mobile and https://www.inaturalist.org/signup (Both are available for Android or iPhone.

Presenter: Lori Beverage
BC1AllTrails and iNaturalist 101: Using Your Smart Phone While Hiking (Double Session)

If you like to hike…or walk… and explore but don’t have (or use) a compass, your cellphone can help you get around and answer lots of questions about the things you see!
Learn to use 2 free apps, AllTrails to find a trail that’s just right for your ability and mileage (and stay on it) AND iNaturalist to answer eternal questions like…
“What is THAT tree?” and “What is that bird that I hear?” and “What a pretty flower…salamander…bug…fungus! I NEED to know what it is!”
We’ll pair learning to use these applications with a short hike (1-3 miles) either locally or further afield, depending on the experience of those signed up …and it will include a picnic/daypacked lunch.

Supplies Needed: You’ll need a cellphone and before arriving at camp you’ll want to add https://www.alltrails.com/mobile and https://www.inaturalist.org/signup (Both are available for Android or iPhone.

Presenter: Lori Beverage
C0Free Time

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

C1UFO (UnFinished Objects)

Do you have a project that you have been meaning to finish “some day”? “Some day” is here! Bring your unfinished sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, scrapbook, or any other unfinished project and work on it among friends. The workshop will be offered all day. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want.

Supplies Needed: Bring whatever supplies are needed for your project.

Presenter: Betsy Griffin
C2Wax Candle Decorating

Use high quality colored wax to decorate candles for any occasion – holidays, weddings, you name it!

Supplies Needed: All supplies will be provided.

 

Presenter: Deb Holland
C3Felt Roses

Participants will use felt pieces to create roses. Participants will receive cardboard patterns for each piece to cut and they will then glue the pieces together to create the felt roses. 

Supplies Needed:Scissors to cut felt and bottle for vase

Presenter: Cathy Leblanc
C4Mason Jar Lid Pumpkins

Make adorable and simple pumpkins using mason jar lids and decorative ribbon. Use them as Fall decorations, or as a hostess gift for Thanksgiving.

Supplies Needed: Please bring sharp scissors capable of cutting fabric ribbon. A supply of 3/8″ ribbon will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Presenter: Sue Kohlman
C5Canoeing 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.

Supplies Needed: Canoes, paddles, and life jackets will be provided.

Presenters: Pat Gardner and Paula Ruozzi
C6Autoharp

Whether you are a novice or experienced, bring your strings and tune up for a fun time. Hints about tuning, strums, picking and making a joyful noise.

Supplies Needed: Bring your autoharp.’

 

 

Presenters: Karen Brown and Kaye Glass
C7Reversible Fabric Water Bottle Holder

Make a fun and useful reversible water bottle holder. One side will be Girl Scout themed fabric, and the other will be a constrasting color with “Great Escape” embroidered on it.

Skill Level: Must be able to use a basic sewing machine.

Supplies:  All supplies will be provided by the presenter.

 

Presenters: Ginny O'Neill and Becky Fischer
CD1Dutch Oven Cooking (double session)

What wonders can you create in the outdoors with charcoal with the KIng of the Dutch Oven? You will make several different dishes that you will be able to share with your family and friends.

Supplies NeededBring your appetite and a desire to learn more about Dutch oven cooking.  

Presenter: Lou Clark
CD1Dutch Oven Cooking (double session)

What wonders can you create in the outdoors with charcoal with the KIng of the Dutch Oven? You will make several different dishes that you will be able to share with your family and friends.

Supplies NeededBring your appetite and a desire to learn more about Dutch oven cooking.  

Presenter: Lou Clark
D0Free Time

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

D1UFO (UnFinished Objects)

Do you have a project that you have been meaning to finish “some day”? “Some day” is here! Bring your unfinished sewing, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, scrapbook, or any other unfinished project and work on it among friends. The workshop will be offered all day. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want.

Supplies Needed: Bring whatever supplies are needed for your project.

Presenter: Betsy Griffin
D2Yoga 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!

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

Presenter: Lynne Ruozzi
D3Fun with Envelopes

We will make fun envelopes with calendars, scrapbook paper, and origami. We should be able to make 5-6 envelopes, and will also discuss mailing requirements.

Supplies Needed: Pencil, paper scissors, glue stick

Presenter: Joy Cohen
D4Rock Painting

Have you ever seen painted rocks dotted about? How about creating some of your own to leave for others to find or just to keep. 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.

Supplies Needed: All supplies will be provided.

Presenter: Lesley Murray
D5Girl Scout High Award Q&A

Bring your questions about Girl Scout high awards to this informal workshop, led by 2 members of the GSEMA Gold Award committee. If your troop is about ready to think about Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards or you want to talk about take action project ideas, this is the session for you.

Presenters: Cathy Leblanc and Sue Kohlman
D6Music Jam

Bring your songbooks, instruments(if you play), music stand, your voice and your enthusiasm. A Round Robin where everyone gets to choose the music and you will get new music and old favorites.

Supplies Needed: Bring your own instruments or sheet music.

Presenters: Kaye Glass and Karen Brown

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