Great Autumn Fest (GAF) 2019

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Camp Hawthorn Hollow

1046 Mayer Road

Columbus, MI 48063

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Great Autumn Fest 2019

This year’s theme: Diamonds and Denim!

We can’t wait to see you October 4th – 6th!

Location

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

Camp Hawthorn Hollow in Columbus Township, south of Port Huron, has a rustic wooded camp feel yet offers amenities of running water, heating, and bunk beds. All the cabins/areas of camp we use for the weekend are on mostly level terrain. Everything is within walking distance; however, if you are unable to walk short or long distances for any reason, we do have drivers to take you around camp.

*Only the official cars and emergency vehicles will be allowed to drive through camp.

Who Can Attend?

Adult Girl Scout volunteers who want to gain knowledge, camaraderie, networking, friendships and fun!

Cost

The weekend costs $70

This fee includes:

Housing

Saturday meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

Sunday meal (breakfast)

Event Patch

Evening activities (Friday and Saturday night)

The cost for Saturday only is $45 (includes three meals, event patch, and evening activity).

**The fee covers some of the available workshops. Other workshops do have an additional cost or require you to bring your own materials. See workshop details below.


GEAR

This year we have many options for gear! Purchase as many or as few pieces as you want.

- Short sleeve t-shirt (navy blue)

- Long sleeve t-shirt (navy blue)

- Zip up hooded sweatshirt (navy blue)

- Short sleeve denim button up shirt

- Long sleeve denim button up shirt

Please consider sizing up for the regular t-shirts and the denim button ups to allow some room for shrinkage.

ALL ORDERS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 20th!

Any questions, please contact GAFevent@gmail.com or our merchandise coordinator Sue at Smmliv27@aol.com

How To Register

Before clicking “register” make sure you read through all the workshop information. You will need to decide on your preferred workshops – please write down the workshop number for each session so that you can register for the correct topic and session.

Please also review the available merchandise. The gear is ordered through the same registration as the whole weekend and the workshops.

Please note, that you will select ONE cabin to stay in. The cabins are listed by the time they have “quiet time” in the evening. Please plan accordingly. Remember, you are always welcome to go visit other cabins at any time!

If you are having any issues with registration, please contact Bethany Morrell at 586.945.4498 or email at GAFevent@gmail.com.

Volunteers Always Needed!

We are always looking for volunteers to serve as Site Managers (must be Outdoor trained), First Aiders (each cabin), Volunteer Greeters or aid with ceremonies.

Think you’d like to give it a try? Contact us at GAFevent@gmail.com or check the box at registration.

Accommodations

Accommodations are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

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 quiet time.

If you need barrier-free housing - send your application in early and let us know!

Two options for your lodging:

1 -- Cabins (aka Troop houses) - All troop lodges have bunk beds, electricity, heat, running water, bathrooms with flush toilets, kitchens, stove & refrigerator.

Choose your lodge by your desired quiet time – early (11:00pm), midnight, or no quiet time.

**Remember to pack indoor shoes or slippers as outside shoes cannot be worn throughout the cabin.

2 -- 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.

Arrival/Departure

Plan to arrive between 5:00 and 7:30 pm, Friday October 4th. Campers arriving before 5:30 pm must remain in the parking lot. The weekend concludes at 12:00p.m. on Sunday, October 6th.

Saturday only participants and any participants arriving late Friday, will check in on Saturday morning between 7:30am and 8:45am.

Workshops

Listings for Workshops and applicable fees are below. Workshop fees are not refundable after September 20th. Some workshops require you bring specific materials; no guarantee that extra materials will be available if you forget.

Remember – all the workshops are led by volunteers. It is always our goal to remain as close to the listed workshops as possible, however life happens. Sometimes sessions will be changed, facilitators will be changed, or the class will be canceled.

If you would like to take a break and not register for a workshop during a session, please select the "no class" option on the registration page. We ask that if you are not registered for a workshop that you do not "drop in" on a workshop. You are welcome to rest in your cabin or in a common area during your break time; please be cognizant of any workshops going on in your cabin and work to not disturb the class.

Any specific questions about workshops, please email: GAFevent@gmail.com


Silent Auction

Recycle your unwanted gifts for a new cause!

We are happy to welcome any and all items. You can donate individual items or a basket of like items together. If you are donating a basket, please include a list of all the items. Plan to drop off all your donations on Friday. This will give our committee time to put the auction together.

Silent Auction and “Tin Can” auction will be open all day Saturday.

Your identity is kept secret as we use bidding numbers for the silent auction, and we use tickets for the tin can auction.

Auction will close Saturday night. Payment and pick-up Saturday night or Sunday morning. Payment by cash or charge.


Service Projects

Help them Shine Like a Diamond!

Our goal is to create "Safe & Sound" bags for Turning Point clients to receive when they undergo a forensic exam (ie in case of an assult) in which ALL articles of clothing are turned in for evidence. We will be collecting, soft, gently used or new items (t-shirts, shorts/pants, underwear, socks, cloth bras/sports bras) and new items (flip-flops, combs, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, sunglasses, and hats). Sizes XS through 3XL; male or female. You can donate an entire outfit or a few items.


Denim Go Green!

The denim recycling program (https://bluejeansgogreen.org/recycle-denim/) takes all your worn denim and recycles it into insulation. By donating, you are helping to keep textile waste out of our landfills and toxins out of our environment. You can contribute any type of denim apparel items – jeans, jackets, shirts, skirts, and more. It can be colored, embellished, and/or printed. The denim can also be in any condition – ripped, stained, and even scraps!

Special Events and Ceremonies

We have many activities scheduled for the weekend!! A preliminary schedule will be included with your confirmation. A final (or near final) schedule will be included with the last minute details the week before camp.

The weekend is very busy! We are all adults, you do not have to attend anything you don’t want to. We do, however, ask that you attend the opening and closing ceremonies and the flag ceremony.


Deadlines

Online registration ends September 20th, 2019.

For late registration and wait list – please contact Bethany Morrell at 586.945.4498 or email GAFevent@gmail.com.

Full refund, minus a $5.00 processing fee will be issued via check for cancellations prior to September 20th.

NO refunds after September 20th, 2019. 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.





WORKSHOPS

Session #1 – Saturday 9:30 – 11:30am

101 Archery:

Come learn archery! This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Debby Inman.

Fee: $5

103 Empowering Girls as Mentors:

When you guide people or teach them something you know, you're a mentor. Daisies & Brownies benefit when older girls step into a mentoring role and share what they know. Daisies & Brownies cannot wait until it's their turn to be a "Leader Girl". Come learn how Juniors & beyond earn mentoring awards to help them to become empowered and confident in this role and grow as leaders. This session is for all program age levels to become aware of how this "magic" happens with the Junior Aide, LIA, Program Aide, CIT and VIT awards.

Facilitated by Josephine Starceski.

Fee: Free

104 Guided Meditation:

The word “meditation” means so many things to different people. In its most basic definition, to meditate means to consciously choose to sit with yourself and just BE rather than doing and thinking. So, come learn how to BE and "Get Lost" in your own imagination! Bring a blanket or towel to sit on. This workshop is appropriate for leadership enrichment and just for fun.

Facilitated by Alexis Hofferber.

Fee: Free

106 Stamp Your Art Out:

We will be using rubber stamps on various surfaces to make items to decorate your home. The skills in this workshop are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Chris Spangler

Fee: $5

107 Survival:

This workshop will cover needs and equipment for personal survival, knot tying, shelters, snares, traps, taking a group into the wilderness (situations, food, weather), and fire building. The skills in this workshop are appropriate for high school-aged girls and adults.

Facilitated by John Levos

Fee: $4

108 Bronze-Silver-Gold! High Awards Roundtable:

In this relaxed roundtable format session, you will receive a brief High Awards Overview. There will be discussion around what makes a great B-S-G project and examples will be provided. Learn how you can work and assist girls in knowing how to Take Action, and deliver them to the ladder of working toward the Highest Awards in Girl Scouting! Bring your questions to get the answers! Hand out materials will be provided.

Facilitated by Jan Robertjohn GSSEM Gold Award Committee.

Fee: Free

109 Learn All About Leader Dogs:

Some of the covered topics: where they get their dogs from, what it takes to raise a puppy or be a host mom, how a blind or visually impaired person can get a dog. I will talk about the experiences I have had raising 5 puppies for them. And the best part, Pearl my future Leader Dog will demonstrate some of the commands she has learned and answer questions. This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Nancy Emery

Fee: Free


Session #2 – Saturday 1:00 – 3:00pm

201 Destress and Dress Your Hands:

Take the tension away with de-stress exercises. Then, treat your hands to a manicure, hot wax therapeutic wax dip and dress them with that diamond look. The skills taught are appropriate for Cadettes and up.

Facilitated by Mary Lou Behrend

Fee $3

203 Get Marbeled:

Come and learn the ancient form of marbling. Marbling is the art of floating colors on liquid. Although marbling has been around for centuries, very few people know about it. This year we will be marbling a 17 oz. insulated water bottle and a 16 oz. stainless steel tumbler for coffee. I will be providing them for you. I will have to seal them after you have marbled them. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Shirleigh Vinson.

Fee: $20

204 Archery:

Come learn archery! This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Debby Inman

Fee: $5

205 Meetings in Your Back Pocket:

What do you do when you have extra time and no supplies? Pull a meeting out of your back pocket!! This class will include a refresher of the Girl Scout Meeting basics and will include skits, ice breakers and other activities to keep the girls busy. We will run the class like a meeting with an opening & closing. Sharing of ideas is welcomed. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Joyce Fisher

Fee: $1

206 A Taste of Ballroom:

Following a brief overview of how music, movement and emotion combine to form the magic that is ballroom dancing, you will learn some basic steps in the elegant foxtrot and the sultry rumba. No experience or equipment are required, but comfortable clothing, and shoes that won't slide off your feet as you dance, are strongly recommended. This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Margaret Jewitt

Fee: Free

207 Recycle Your Denim:

Did you know 2 pairs of jeans will make several new crafts to use and gift? Hair clips, dog toys, gift bags, place mats and more! Just bring 2 pairs of adult jeans, and a pair of scissors. The skills taught in this workshop are appropriate for Juniors and up.

Facilitated by Stefanie Kuney

Fee: $5

208 Not Your Average Badge:

How to find awesome patch programs offered by other councils and how to put a cool twist on Girl Scout badges. The skills in this workshop are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Anna Jochum

Fee: $1


Session #3 – Saturday 3:15 – 5:15pm

301 Cookie Decorating:

Come have fun with cookies. Learn several ways to decorate. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Robin Ackerman

Fee: $10

302 Box Oven:

We will briefly go over how to build a box oven. We will then go on to prepare several different foods in our box ovens ending with eating what we made. I will need to know about food issues so I can plan a safe (or reasonably safe menu). Please bring your mess kit, a roll of duct tape (does not need to be decorative) and a roll of tin foil - wide heavy duty variety. I will provide a camp box/kitchen. I will also provide the boxes that we will make the box ovens with. This workshop is appropriate for leader enrichment.

Facilitated by Kris Danner

Fee: $5

303 Sitting Yoga:

A slower, more gentle class that will focus on longer holding poses with plenty of modifications for those with mobility issues or who just want a calmer, relaxing class. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Lauren Kroetsch

Fee: Free

304 What is the best kept secret in Girl Scouting? Go Global!

Global Girl Scouting is an essential part of our organization’s inception and development! We are part of a global sisterhood and in this session, you will participate and learn how to embrace the global aspect at the troop, community and council level. Did you know that 84% of girls and 85% of adults agree that being part of a global organization makes Girl Scouts special and unique! There will be information about: Global Action Days, the Global Action Award, World Thinking Day, WAGGGS, Our World Centers and Global Travel for Girls and Adults! Expect some fun give-a-ways! Time to Hug the Globe!

Facilitated by Jan Robertjohn GSSEM Global Action Volunteer

Fee: Free

305 Card Making Returns:

You will make 6 unique cards to impress your friends & family. No experience necessary. Step by step instructions. Extra card kits are available for $1 each. This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Nancy Emery

Fee: $6

306 A Taste of Ballroom:

Following a brief overview of how music, movement and emotion combine to form the magic that is ballroom dancing, you will learn some basic steps in the elegant foxtrot and the sultry rumba. No experience or equipment are required, but comfortable clothing, and shoes that won't slide off your feet as you dance, are strongly recommended. This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Margaret Jewitt

Fee: Free

307 Foundation Piecing:

It is the quilting equivalent of paint-by-number. Foundation piecing can be used to create traditional quilt blocks or non-traditional picture blocks. It does not require difficult cuts and is a great way to put your scrap stash to work. You must bring a sewing machine and have basic knowledge of how to use it. This workshop is just for fun.

Facilitated by Anna Jochum

Fee: $10

Session #4 – Sunday 9:30-11:30am

401: You Talking to Me?

The art of conversation. A skill set that can last the girls a lifetime. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Sylvia Passmore

Fee: Free

403 Yoga:

An all-levels yoga class. We will work on basic poses to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance! The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Lauren Kroetsch

Fee: Free

404 Geocaching and Letterboxing:

Learn how to search for “caches” (hidden containers). You will be introduced to log books, travel bugs, geo coins, types of caches and muggles. Carve your own stamp for letter boxing. Assemble a cache and letterbox to help you get started. Geocaching and Letterboxing can be done with all levels of Scouts in progressive stages. This newest treasure hunting game is a worldwide activity. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Joyce Fisher

Fee: $5

405 Vision Boards:

A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and affirmations of your dreams, goals, and things that make you happy. It can be a useful tool to help you conceptualize your goals and can serve as a source of motivation as you work towards achieving your dreams. You will leave the session with an understanding of vision boards as well as your own large board. Bring a few magazines to share, we will be cutting them up. The skills taught are appropriate for Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, leader enrichment, and just for fun.

Facilitated by Linda Morrell

Fee: $2

406 Musical Chairs Painting:

Have fun creating a step-by-step painting, with the help of 11 other Girl Scout friends. Each person will paint a section, then move to the next chair to work on another canvas. At the end, take home one collaborative work of art. No painting experience is needed, but a sense of humor and willingness to put aside perfectionism is essential. The skills taught are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Rose Callahan

Fee: $10

408 It’s All About Candy!

Come join me as we learn about all the things you can do with candy. End-of-the-year awards, crafts, games & science experiments. Oh my! Some things we will do in class, other ideas will be on handouts to take with you. The skills in this workshop are appropriate for all troop levels.

Facilitated by Leah Benard.

Fee $8

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Camp Hawthorn Hollow

1046 Mayer Road

Columbus, MI 48063

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