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Great Autumn Fest (GAF) 2017

Great Autumn Fest Committee

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Great Autumn Fest (GAF) 2017

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Save My Place
Pre-register to let us know you are coming. You will get first choice of lodging and workshops when the site goes live.
135 Tickets Apr 30, 2017 Free $0.00
Help Support GAF with a donation
You can help us with a $5.00 donation to cover Event Brite fees, or a larger gift that will help us run camp next year.
149 Tickets Sep 24, 2017 Enter donation ($)

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Welcome to

Great Autumn Fest 2017

Our theme this year is:

What's Your Superpower?

September 22 - 24, 2017


Camp Hawthorn Hollow in Columbus Township, south of Port Huron, has a rustic wooded camp feel yet offers amenities of running water, flush bathrooms and heat in the lodges. All nine lodges are located on fairly level terrain. Everything is within reasonable walking distance. Use this weekend to create new friendships, enrich your life and your troop with workshops or just get away and enjoy one of our beautiful camps! Parking is restricted-only one Emergency Vehicle permitted to park by each lodge.

Directions to camp:

Camp Hawthorn Hollow is at 1046 Mayer Rd, Columbus MI.

From the south (Detroit and suburbs) take I-94 east. From the north (Port Huron area) take I-94 west. Exit at Fred Moore Hwy, exit 257. At the end of the ramp turn west (left turn from the south, right turn from the north). Follow Fred Moore west for 0.5 miles to the second cross street. Turn North on Palms Rd. Go 2.7 miles to Gratiot, turn right (north-east). Go 1.1 miles to Mayer Rd, turn left (north again). The camp is on the left a little less than a mile along Mayer Rd. If you get to Rattle Run Road, you have gone about a quarter mile too far.

From the Flint area, it is a total of about 60 miles. Take I-69 east to exit 189, Wales Center Rd. Turn right at the end of the ramp (south). Go about 5 miles until the road ends at a T-intersection. This is Rattle Run Rd. Turn left (southeast). Go a little more than 3 miles to Mayer Rd. Turn right (south). Camp will be on your right in less than a quarter mile.

From the western side of town (Novi area) take I-696 east to I-94 and follow the directions above.

Who Can Attend

Adult GSSEM volunteers who want to gain knowledge, camaraderie, networking, friendships and fun.


The $65.00 weekend fee includes housing, meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast), event patch, evening events and so much more. Some workshops require an additional fee or you may be asked to bring your own materials. We will be accepting registrations for Saturday Only participants. The cost for attending Saturday Only is $40.00 and will include three meals. Priority will be given to “full weekend” participants.

How To Register

Register for a 'Save My Place' ticket below. Full registration will start in mid April. If you have any questions about registration, contact: Rose Callahan, 25810 Hayes Road, Roseville, MI 48066 313-550-4974,

Volunteers Always Needed!

We are always looking for volunteers to serve as Site Managers (must be Outdoor trained), First Aiders, Volunteer Greeters or help with ceremonies. Think you’d like to give it a try? Contact us at or check the box at registration.


Accommodations are assigned on a first-come first-served basis! Choose from:

Lodges (aka Troop houses) - All troop lodges have bunk beds, electricity, heat, running water, bathrooms with flush toilets, kitchens, stove & refrigerator. SHOES CANNOT BE WORN BEYOND THE MUD ROOM IN ANY OF THE LODGES, BRING SLIPPERS (32 beds per lodge). The lodges are set up in “pods” of 3 buildings fairly close together. Choose your lodge by your desired bedtime – early (11:00), midnight, or none.

Platform Cabin Village - We have reserved one “village” with a total of 5 cabins, connected by a wood walkway (4 beds per cabin). All have an outside porch light and 1 inside light bulb. NO electric outlet in cabins. NO heat. Each village has access to a “3 season” unit with a refrigerator, hot water, sink, flush toilets and limited electric outlets.

Reservations are based on the number of lower bunks available in each lodge. You will have a chance to indicate if you would accept an upper bunk at registration.

You also will have a chance to list friends that you want to share accommodations with. If you truly cherish your sleep time, we recommend you choose a unit with an early assigned bedtime. If you need barrier-free housing - send your application in early and let us know!


Plan to arrive between 5:30 and 7:30 pm, Friday, September 22nd . Campers arriving before 5:30 pm must remain in the parking lot. The weekend concludes at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th. Saturday only and late Friday arrivals check-in on Saturday between 7:30 am and 8:45 am. Note: health forms are no longer required for adults.


Complete workshop listings and fees (if relevant) will be added below as our site goes live. Workshop fees are not refundable after August 1. Some workshops require you bring specific materials: see below for details. There are no discounts on registration fees when you cook your own food in a cooking workshop. Please note, emergencies happen - the listed facilitators may change without notice. Direct workshop program questions to:

Silent Auction

Recycle your unwanted gifts for a new cause. All items are welcome and donations of all kinds are accepted. You can donate items or create a basket for us. Please include a list of items in your basket. Donations should be dropped off Friday night to give our committee the chance to put baskets together. Silent Auction and "Tin Can" auction bidding will be available all day on Saturday; your identity will be kept secret and the auction will conclude at 8pm on Saturday. The winners are announced on Saturday evening. All items are to be paid for and picked-up Saturday night or Sunday morning. Pay by cash or charge.

Service Project

Our Friday evening Service Project this year will be by Women - for Women. Although plans are not yet final, we are looking to partner with organizations focusing on women and girls. More details will be published later.

Special Events and Ceremonies

We have many activities scheduled for the weekend. This includes Friday night swapping and service project, and night hike. You will also not want to miss our Saturday evening Special Event! A preliminary schedule will be included with your confirmation. The confirmation will be sent to the e-mail you give us at registration – please make sure it is correct so we can communicate with you! Your e-mail address will not be shared. The schedule is jam-packed with workshops and activities for those who like to keep busy. You do NOT have to participate in all activities. Please plan to attend the opening, closing, and Flag retirement ceremonies.


Online registration and merchandise orders end August 1, 2017. For late registration, call the Registrar, Rose Callahan, at 313 550-4974. Not all workshops may be available after August 1. Gear ordered after August 1 will not be delivered at camp.

No refunds after September 1, 2017. You may transfer your entire registration (no changes in accommodations, workshops or gear) to another participant if a last-minute emergency means you cannot attend.


Session I

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Session II

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Session III

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Session IV

Coming soon!


Great Autumn Fest themed gear is available for pre-order. Gear this year will be Superman-blue short or long sleeved T-shirts. See below for a representation of how the gear is screen-printed with our logo, and for sizes and descriptions.

To be guaranteed GAF gear, orders MUST be received with your registration. GAF 2017 Gear is ordered on the registration form immediately after workshops, and payment is due at time of registration. Any gear ordered after the August 1 deadline will NOT be delivered until after camp. There may be order opportunities at camp. Those orders will be sent after camp to your address and will include a shipping charge. NO GAF MERCHANDISE ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT CAMP. Questions? Contact Sue at

Short-sleeve dark royal blue T-shirts, Gildan 50/50 blend, with the 2017 GAF logo screenprinted in red and yellow on front. Price $11.00 (S, M, L, XL) - $13.50 (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL).



Long-sleeved dark royal blue T-shirts: as pictured above except long-sleeved. Gildan 100% Cotton. Allow for shrinkage - you may wish to order one size larger.  Price $14.00 (S, M, L, XL) - $16.50 (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL).

Other gear items may be added depending on interest.

To Register:

For now: choose the free "Save my place" ticket, and you will get first choice of workshops and accomodations when the full registration is available. Event Brite will ask for credit card info, but be assured that nothing is being charged to your account now. For full registration (starting mid-April): Decide on your desired workshops and write down the class number for each session. Choose one ticket based on desired housing. The site will then take you to another page where we will ask a lot of questions designed to help you get the most out of your weekend. You will choose workshops and gear following this.

Any questions about the event:

See you in September!

Linda Morrell, Director and the 2017 Great Autumn Fest Committee

Have questions about Great Autumn Fest (GAF) 2017? Contact Great Autumn Fest Committee

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When & Where

Girl Scout Camp Hawthorn Hollow
1046 Mayer Road
Columbus, MI 48063

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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