Great Autumn Fest (GAF) 2018

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Girl Scout Camp Hawthorn Hollow

1046 Mayer Road

Columbus, MI 48063

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Great Autumn Fest 2018- SAVE THE DATE

Our theme this year is:

Lost In A Good Book

September 21 - 23, 2018


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. Also open to leaders in other GSUSA councils.


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.

How To Register

Before you register for our event and merchandise, be sure to read the Workshop descriptions (coming soon). Decide on your preferred workshops and write down the class number for each session. Choose one ticket based on desired housing. Click the bright green "Tickets" button. 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. If you have any questions about registration, contact: Emily O'Leary, 248-210-0507, or at

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 (32 beds per lodge). SHOES CANNOT BE WORN BEYOND THE MUD ROOM IN ANY OF THE LODGES, BRING SLIPPERS. 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 21st . Campers arriving before 5:30 pm must remain in the parking lot. The weekend concludes at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23rd. 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.

Any questions about the event:

See you in September!

Linda O'Leary, Director and the 2018 Great Autumn Fest Committee

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