Workshops

Great Escape Book Club

Becoming by Michelle Obama

 The Book Club discussion will take place immediately before Saturday dinner at 5:30.  Location will be announced at the Great Escape.

Optional: Please bring your copy of Becoming.

 

Lake Swim – Saturday
Early Morning or Before Dinner.  Be sure to bring your bathing suits 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 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
A2 Coat Hanger Wreaths

Participants will use metal coat hangers and wide burlap ribbon to create a wreath which will then be decorated. The decorations will be attached with pins wire coat hanger burlap and wire clips so the decorations can be changed with the seasons.

Hangers and burlap ribbon will be supplied along with some decorations, participants are welcome to bring decorations (flower picks, bows, small decorative items). Participants should bring wire cutters and small decorations, such as flower picks if desired.

 

Presenter: Cathy LeBlanc
A3 Zentangles®

DSC02985Do you like to doodle? A tangle has no pre-planning with pencil guidelines, grids or dots, no erased lines. It’s just pure Zentangle magic . . . one pen stroke at a time. It is a mindful, easy to learn art form, using repetitive patterns to create beautiful images. It encourages relaxation, focus and feelings of well being. No drawing experience is necessary.

Presenter: Lesley Murray
A4 Pebble Art

Bring the outdoors inside and make a beautiful and unique picture using pebbles. The finished design can be given as a lovely gift for someone special.

Instructor will supply pebbles, or bring your own favorite flat, smooth stones.

Note: Photos shown are examples of what can be done with pebbles. Actual designs made in class will vary.

Presenter: Rose Salvati
A5 Bird Seed Shopping Bags

Recycle your bird seed or feed bags into sturdy shopping bags. Instructor will bring bird seed bags (free of charge) but if you have one at home where you love the pictures, bring it!

Please bring: Sewing machine (that you know how to use, or a friend that does), scissors, pins, thread, measuring tape. Participants can make their handles from extra material from their bags or from webbing. I will bring webbing , which I will sell at cost, paid directly to me. You will need one yard per bag, if you wish the bag to fit over your shoulder, you will need 48 inches. The cheapest place to find webbing is at Home Depot, although color choices are limited.

 

Presenter: Bandit Porter
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 Basic Autoharp

New to Autoharp only. Come make music on this amazing instrument. Learn how to tune, strum, and have fun! You will be able to play a tune or two at the end.

Autoharps will be provided, or bring your own.

Presenter: Kaye Glass
A8 Team Building on Low Ropes

This workshop will highlight fun activities you can bring back to your troop meetings to promote cooperation and giving girls the opportunity to get to know each other and build meaningful friendships. We will learn by doing in this adventure based workshop. We will play games, attempt some group challenges and work our way up to a challenge course low element. This workshop will also give you a good idea about what a challenge course program through GSEMA is all about.

Presenter: Olivia Howry
A9 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

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.

Presenters: Chris Costello and Brenda Briggs

Session B: Saturday – 11:00 – 12:30

B0 Free Time

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

B1 Terrific Chocolate Truffles

truffles

Join us to learn how to make scrumptious chocolate truffles. We’ll make a variety of flavors that you will get to take home with you if you don’t eat them all first!

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
B2 Nature Imprinted Mini Clay Bowls FULL

Learn to make a simple, yet elegant polymer clay dish imprinted with items found around camp or from home. This fun dish would be a great project for your troop, or to give as a gift.

Presenter: Sue Kohlman
B3 Pretty Pine Cone Ornaments

Learn to make these ornaments with a Styrofoam base, paper, and glue.  Instructor will supply kits and a selection of hanger materials to choose from.

Bring your glue gun!

 

 

Presenter: Deb Holland
B4 Leather Stamping- Session 1

Basic leather design and stamping. Make personalized key fobs, luggage tags, and/or change purses. Learn how to do durable neat stitching and/or beautiful double loop lacing. Learn the basics of this “old craft” and take it back to your troops and groups.

This is the same workshop offered in Session C3, but at a different time.

Presenter: Kaye Glass
B5 Ukulele Jam!

ukulele-girls

The ukulele is easy and fun to learn even for folks with no musical training. Great for playing with groups and bringing along on camping trips. We’ll go over the basics of strumming, learn some easy chords, and try out some songs. If you are an experienced player, come and jam with us!

Any cost or supplies needed to be brought by participants: Ukulele. You can find a decent entry-level uke on Amazon or at a local music store for $25-50 (try Mahalo brand). We have two extra ukes – let me know if you want one to borrow. If you have music with uke chords to share, or a music stand, please bring.

 

Presenters: Sue Stewart and Emily Jones
B6 Ready 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. All equipment provided and instruction will be given. All ability levels welcome..

Presenter: Olivia Howry
B7 Clue Masters

BE A GREAT ESCAPE CLUEMASTER and ESCAPE!
Test your skills, knowledge and quick thinking to find the keys that unlock the solution to escape from our own Great Escape room! Work as a team and learn how to create an action-packed team-building activity for your girls. No experience required. Bring your good humor and wit for this out of this world adventure.

Presenters: Pat Gardner and Paula Ruozzi
B8 Modern String Art

Do you remember making string art as a kid? Try your hand at an updated version of the vintage craft. You will make a simple design that you can take back to your troop, or keep for yourself.

Bring a hammer, small piece of wood, and box of 1 1/2 inch shiny nails with flat heads and yarn.

Presenter: Annamarie Kohlman

Session C: Saturday – 2:15 – 3:45

C0 Free Time

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

C1 Qwillows

Have you ever wondered what a Qwillow is? In this work shop we will each be making a Qwillow which is a pillow that turns into a blanket. Basic knowledge of a sewing machine is helpful.

You will need to bring 1 1/2 yards of a solid color fabric and 1 1/2 yards of a contrasting fabric, scissors and a tape measure.

 

Presenter: Ginny O'Neill
C2 Fun and Easy Holiday Ornaments

Love the holidays, but don’t have the money to spend on expensive decorations?  We will make a few Christmas decorations using scrapbook paper and recycled Christmas cards to dazzle your home. Feel free to bring some old Holiday cards or decorative paper.

Presenter: Sue Kohlman
C3 Leather Crafting- Session 2

Design your own pattern for stamping, dying, lacing and finishing a change purse and two leather fob key chains.  Learn the basics of this “old craft” and take it back to your troops and groups.

This is the same workshop offered in Session B4, but at a different time.

Presenter: Kaye Glass
C4 Paracord Bracelets

You’ve seen them all over, so now it’s time to make your own. If you’ve been making friendship bracelets, this is the workshop for you. Share with your girls and your family. Be prepared! Learn to make them and what to do with them.

 

 

 

Presenter: Betsy Griffin
C5 Shibori Indigo Dyeing

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.

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

Presenter: Donna McLellan
C6 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 works great, too. Instructor will have a supply of materials as well. 

Presenter: Janine Hart-Hueber
C7 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
C8 Laying in the Grass Thinking About Stuff

What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Does that cloud look like a dinosaur? Maybe it’s a unicorn? Take some time to ponder life’s questions. Engage with others or partake in some good old fashion daydreaming. Use this time to slow down, recharge, and reconnect to yourself. Or talk to others about life, or your troop, or the branch on that tree.

Be forewarned. We will be laying in the grass. You will not make anything in this session. In fact, it’s probably one step more structured than just picking free time. But! you put it on the schedule and do it with friend

Optional: bring a blanket, towel, or chair.

Presenter: Stephanie Beaudoin
C9 Trash Can Turkey- Part 1

Have you ever wondered how to make a delicious turkey using a trash can? Come help make Saturday night dinner’s main event and learn the technique that will make you the star of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Workshop will be run in sessions C and D. Sign up for one or both.

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

yoga

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 Thanksgiving Gratitude Board

Help your troop or family countdown to Thanksgiving (or any big occasion, such as bridging!) by making a gratitude board. Each house or tag contains a prompt for thought or meditation. The finished product will look similar to this, but we’ll simplify the process by using poster board and tags!

Please bring scissors.

Presenter: Deb Holland
D3 Alcohol Ink T-shirts FULL

This session will allow for complete creativity and individualized results. Using permanent markers, we will decorate our tee-shirts (light colors are best) and then we will hang our tee-shirts on a rope in fresh air and add the flair using a spray bottle of alcohol. The alcohol allows for the creator to further adjust their design as the alcohol spreads the colors in puffs and stripes, for example, depending on the setting on the spray bottle.

Presenter: Michelle Kramer
D4 Iris Paper Folding

This workshop will teach you how to make creative paper projects that resemble the iris of a camera. We will start with a heart and who knows where we will end up.

Please bring a pointy scissors, 2 rolls of scotch tape, a clipboard is helpful if you have one.

 

 

Presenter: Peggy Stout
D5 Autoharp II

Current Auto harp players only. (Do your tuning before workshop starts.) We’ll share picking techniques, songs, and strums.

 

 

Presenter: Kaye Glass
D6 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
D7 Tin Punching FULL

Learn how to tin punch while making a decorative piece for your home. Materials and tools will be provided.

 

 

Presenter: Judy Porter
D8 Trash Can Turkey- Part 2

Have you ever wondered how to make a delicious turkey using a trash can? Come help make Saturday night dinner’s main event and learn the technique that will make you the star of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Workshop will be run in sessions C and D. Sign up for one or both.

Presenter: Lou Clark
D9 Recycled Candle Holders

We will use different colored twine to decorate the glass. A glass candle holder will be provided, as well as the twine and Little trinkets to added.

Please bring a glue gun and glue sticks.

Presenter: Yvonne Burdette

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

Presenter: Olivia Howry

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