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Farnsworth Weekend 2022

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Camp Farnsworth
Thetford, VT
Open to all Girl Scout Ambassadors and adults.

Welcome!

Farnsworth Weekend is an energizing and informative event where you can learn new skills, games, songs, or just relax and have fun. New to Girl Scouts? Join us and meet other Girl Scout volunteers, share experiences, and exchange ideas. Bring a friend to share this experience! 

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The last day to process registrations will be August 31. Note: This is the Wednesday before Labor Day. This deadline is necessary so that the organizers and presenters have adequate time to prepare for the weekend. Thank you for your consideration.

Lunch Options

Lunch will be a box lunch that you can take and eat anywhere in camp. You will be able to choose your sandwich option at registration. 

  • Grilled nut-free pesto chicken breast with provolone 
  • Roast Beef wrap with swiss and horseradish mayo
  • Vegan: marinated, roasted vegetables – no cheese
  • Garden Salad (Italian or Ranch dressings)
  • Garden Salad with Pesto Chicken (Italian or Ranch dressings)

Each lunch will come with chips, tortellini salad, and bottled water.

Optional Overnight on Friday and/or Saturday

Sign up for an optional overnight on either Friday and/or Saturday night. We have cabin and Bunkhouse accommodations. You are welcome to bring your own tent if you prefer. Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an email with a Sign-up Genius link where you can make your sleeping accommodation selection. 

Bunkhouse*
$20.00 per night

Cabin or Bring-Your-Own Tent
$10.00 per night

*Priority for the Bunkhouse will be given to those with medical and CPAP needs.

Per night fee covers accommodation only. Those choosing to stay overnight will have to provide their own food and plan for refrigeration and storage. The Dining Hall will not be open for gathering in the evenings. Unit fire circles are available for campfires and outdoor cooking, Outdoor Adventure Workshop training is required.

Camp Accomodations:
Camp Farnsworth Map
Troop Camping Guide

What to Bring

What to bring for the day:

  • Bag or backpack
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Rain jacket or poncho
  • Water bottle
  • Health History Form
  • Face mask and a spare
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Workshops supplies as indicated
Apparel Orders

We have a limited selection of apparel available for ordering. Apparel can be ordered until August 20. We can not accept any orders after that date. We will NOT have any apparel available for purchase at the event.

Designs are subject to change.

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Women's V-Neck T-shirt
Sizes S-4X available

S-XL: $22.00
2X-4X: $24.00

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Unisex Full -Zip Hooded Sweatshirt
Sizes S-4X available

S-XL: $42.00
2X-4X: $44.00

Silent Auction

We are excited to welcome back the Farnsworth Weekend Silent Auction.  This has been such a fun event in past years, we are happy to offer it once again. 

For our weekend participants, the auction will be available during the day on Saturday, with final bids immediately following the luncheon awards ceremony.  Stop by throughout the day on your way to your workshops and bid often! We will post all auction winners on signage within the dining hall, and you can pick-up your items and pay before you leave for the day.  All items must be taken that day, our staff is unable to transport or ship items out.  Payment onsite can be cash, check or credit card. 

For our auction donors, please let us know what you are donating prior to Farnsworth weekend so that we can properly promote it and print a bid sheet.  We will need name of the item, approximate value, and brief description.  You can mail or drop-off items at our Bedford office, or bring your items with you and give to staff when you arrive.  If you have any questions about donating items, please contact customercare@girlscoutsgwm.org.

Schedule of the Day
Friday, September 9
Arrival time for Friday night campers 5:00 PM
   
Saturday, September 10
Arrival and Check-in 8:15-9:00 AM
Flag Ceremony 8:30 AM
Session A 9:00-11:15 A.M
Session I 9:00-10:00 AM
Session II 10:15-11:15 AM
Lunch 11:15 AM-12:00 PM
Volunteer Recognition Reception 12:00-12:45 PM
Session B 1:00-3:15 PM
Session lll 1:00-2:00 PM
Session IV 2:15-3:15 PM
Session C 3:30-5:45 PM
Session V 3:30-4:30 PM
Session VI 4:45-5:45 PM
Checkout and Departure 5:45-6:15 PM
   
Sunday, September 11
Unit Kapers  
Departure for Saturday night campers 10:00 AM
COVID-19 Guidelines

We appreciate the continued efforts of our volunteers and Girl Scouts to do their part to keep our communities safe. While most restrictions are currently lifted, guidelines and guidance from Vermont and New Hampshire do change at times. We recommend you check your local state and town restrictions to determine whether in-person activities are currently allowed. 

For Girl Scout activities, masks are no longer required by the council for counties classified as low or medium COVID-19 level by the CDC. Communities with a high level are required to wear masks for Girl Scout activities when inside and a social distance of 3 feet cannot be maintained.

Please refer to GSGWM's COVID-19 page for the latest up-to-date information on our COVID-19 Policies. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.


Workshops

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session A: 9:00 - 11:15 A.M.
This is a 2.25-hour session. If you choose a workshop from this session, do not choose workshops from Session I and Session II.

 

Alphabet Sampler of Stitches
Girls for many centuries have stitched alphabet samplers. This workshop teaches counted stitches to provide a guide to personalizing any fabric items with minigrams or words. Fabrics, threads, and using waste canvas will be discussed. The class folder handout will include several alphabets, counted stitch directions, and alphabet graphs. This workshop has been developed to provide volunteers with training and instruction to teach and inspire embroidery. The techniques and projects have been previously taught or "tested" with youth as young as 8/9 years old.  
Presenter: Diana Snyder and Violet Anderson

HSI First Aid, CPR, and AED training
This 2-part course includes an online course that covers adult, child, and infant CPR AED and Basic First Aid, and a hands-on skills session to practice the skills learned in the online course. Part 1 online must be completed prior to attending the Part 2 skills session at thus Farnsworth Weekend workshop. Shortly after registration you will receive an additional email directing you to an external website where you will register and pay ($50) for this course and then you will receive the links to the online training portions.   
Presenter: Gail Klanchesser

Intermediate Crochet - Amigurumi Basics
Amigurumi projects are cute and fun to make! Amigurumi is a craft in which you crochet shapes and stuff them to make three-dimensional objects. There are more and more amigurumi enthusiasts throughout the world and it is a fun way to express yourself. You need to know basic crochet techniques like how to chain, single crochet, increase single crochet, and decrease single-crochet stitches. Part of this workshop will be going over how to crochet in the round and then we will make a cute amigurumi!
Presenter: Pat Decker

Quilt-as-you-go Table Runner
Learn the quilt-as-you-go technique so that when you sew together your table runner, using a special layered layout, you will have a completed project in one session. Basic machine sewing skills needed. Your Girl Scout-themed fabric kit will be available directly from the instructor for $10.
Presenter: Joanne Dickie

Woodworking
Did you ever want to try your hand at using power tools? Come visit the woodshop and make a useful take-home project (different than prior years). Bring work gloves and safety glasses. There is a $15 additional charge for this workshop and will be due at check in for the weekend.
Presenter: Ron Magoon

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session I: 9:00 - 10:00 A.M.

Alcohol Ink Tiles
Create custom ceramic tiles using alcohol ink dyes. Dyes have an isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol base and can be manipulated in fascinating and unpredictable ways when mixed with other liquid mediums and applied to a nonporous surface. Make two tile coasters to take home.
Presenter: Sue Rochford

Archery: Beginner Level
Learn archery fundamentals and safety while testing your skills! Practice proper form, learn to score the sport, and try a friendly competition.
Presenter: Camp Staff

Free Time
It’s your choice: sleep, read a book, sit in the sun, chat with friends, take a walk, etc.
Presenter: You!

Fun with Pie Irons
What is a pie iron and how do I use it? Come join us and experience the fun and versatility of pie iron cooking on a campfire, including how to clean and season your pie iron and some basic recipes. Come join us for a hot treat, conversation and fun with pie irons!
Presenter: Jesse and Tara Pacht

Girl Scout Service
Help out with a camp service project or be a Farnsworth Weekend helper!
Presenter: You!

Pine Cone Wreaths 101
Using a wire box wreath ring and a bag of white pinecones, you can make a natural holiday or everyday wreath that can be used year after year without fading or wilting.  Can also be used as a table decoration.  The wreath can be decorated with ribbon, faux (or real) flowers and adapted for any season.
Presenter: Joan DeYoreo

Positive Behavior Intervention Support
Learn how to utilize Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) to teach behavior expectations and strategies, and promote safety and good behavior.  You will have an opportunity to share and straegize about specific concerns you may have for your troop.
Presenter: Amanda Powell

SWAPS 101
New to swapping or have no idea what a SWAP is? Join us to learn all about swapping and make some SWAPS to share this weekend!
Presenter: Debb King

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session II: 10:15 - 11:15 A.M.

Archery: Beginner Level
Learn archery fundamentals and safety while testing your skills! Practice proper form, learn to score the sport, and try a friendly competition.
Presenter: Camp Staff

Free Time
It’s your choice: sleep, read a book, sit in the sun, chat with friends, take a walk, etc.
Presenter: You!

Fun with Pie Irons
What is a pie iron and how do I use it? Come join us and experience the fun and versatility of pie iron cooking on a campfire, including how to clean and season your pie iron and some basic recipes. Come join us for a hot treat, conversation and fun with pie irons!
Presenter: Jesse and Tara Pacht

Girl Scout Service
Help out with a camp service project or be a Farnsworth Weekend helper!
Presenter: You!

GS Traditions and Ceremonies
Do you know how to do the Girl Scout handshake? Come learn all about Girl Scout traditions. Ceremonies are rooted in Girl Scout traditions and are a great way to begin your meeting, recognize new girls and achievements accomplished through out the year. Come learn about all the different ceremonies you can do with your troop.
Presenter: Debb King

Magical Miniatures
This workshop is full of charming Harry Potter crafts even muggles can make! We will be making minature crafts from three different areas: potions, papercrafts, and 3-D ornaments. All easy to do from low-cost materials.
Presenter: Patty Levesque

Nature Reverse Tie-Dye
No messy dyes! Learn how to use items found in the outdoors to create beautifully decorated clothing. This technique is safe even to teach Daisies. Bring two solid, dark-colored, 100% cotton items such as T-shirts, pillowcases, bandanas, etc. Please launder first.
Presenter: Katie McGarry

Pool Water Aerobics
Want to get your blood pumping, work off a few calories, and have some fun? Join us in Camp Farnsworth’s heated salt-water pool for an enjoyable an easy water aerobics session with exercises set to music. Being in a pool is always splashy fun!
Presenter: Vera Kirk

Seaglass Art
Use sea shells, sea glass, and sand to make a piece of art work on a glass frame. Bring shells, sea glass, and driftwood you have collected or use what is supplied. Resin will be used to attach pieces to glass. You will take home a finish framed glass piece.
Presenter: Kim Lemear

Traveling with your Troop
From budget to destination, we will help you help learn how to help your girls to take the trip of a lifetime. Using the Girl Scout travel progression plan, we will cover Daisy to Ambassador trip planning.
Presenter: Tammy Downing and Amanda Powell

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session B: 1:00 - 3:15 P.M.
This is a 2.25-hour session. If you choose a workshop from this session, do not choose workshops from Session III and Session IV.

 

Eating on the Wild Side: Foraging for Beginners
Learn to identify, eat, and appreciate a variety of edible plants wherever you go, whether in your own yard, on a walk in town, or hiking in the fields and woods. Weeds will never look the same to you again!
Presenter: Joan DeYoreo

Embellishing with Stitches
Want to teach embroidery to your troop and wonder what to use for a design?  This class will give options that are ready or quickly made available.  They include copying photographs, drawing with fabric markers, fabric, and cutting paper patterns.  Each will be presented and discussed in this workshop and participants will stitch one item using surface stitiches.  The class folder handout contains illustrations, instructions, and materials for all methods.  This workshop has been developed to provide volunteers with training and instruction to teach and inspire embroidery.  The techniques and projects have been previously taught or "tested" with youth as young as 8/9 years old.
Presenter: Diana Synder

Food Preservation
Ever wonder how our ancestors made delicious, home-cooked meals without being able to run to a grocery store? Learn the lost art of canning and food preservation. Participants will learn safe canning practices and make their own fresh jam to take home. Other preservation methods such as dehydrating, salt curing, and root cellaring will be briefly discussed as well.
Presenter:  Ashley Wright

Girl Scout My Promise, My Faith Pins
We will model how to lead a lesson on the first step towards earning the My Promise, My Faith Girl Scout Pin. As a group, we will share connections between the Girl Scout Law and our faith. Any and all faiths are welcome and we will meet you where you are at spiritually.
Presenter: Dr. Danielle "Doc" Goodwin

Letterboxing
Letterboxes are hidden all around the world, some in plain sight.  Your girls will love the challenge of following clues to find them! At our workshop, we will make our own letterboxing stamp and logbook. Next, we will put our collective brains to the test and find a hidden treasure on Farnsworth’s property!
Presenter: Debbie Payne

Old Things into New
Do you have old clothes that you can't part with and want to save, but are maybe full of holes? Learn how to upcycle them into new ones! Or if you have a favorite pair of pants or T-shirt, give it a new life!
Presenter: Martha DeYoreo

Recycled Bags
Use your resources wisely by making a a durable reusable tote bag from pet food bags. We will have bags available from which to use or you can bring one of our own. It must be from a 25 lb or greater bag and woven on the inside (see picture of bag examples). We will be using sewing machines to stitch up these bags.
Presenter: Allyson Fritz

Woodworking
Make a useful take-home project. Bring work gloves and safety gDid you ever want to try your hand at using power tools? Come visit the woodshop and make a useful take-home project (different than prior years). Bring work gloves and safety glasses. There is a $15 additional charge for this workshop and will be due at check in for the weekend.
Presenter: Ron Magoon

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session III: 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

Civics 101
Civil engagement is just one way Girl Scouts advocate for positive change and make the world a better place. Though most girls may be too young to cast a ballot, they can still mobilize their communities to take action. Come and learn more about the new Democracy badges.
Presenter: Cassie Levesque

Fall Product Sale Training
Open to all volunteers wishing to participate with their troop in the Fall Product Sale. Especially for new leaders or volunteers newer to the program,topics cover navigation of the online platform, program theme, and program timeline.
Presenter: Robin Boyd and Lauren McFarland

Free Time
It’s your choice: sleep, read a book, sit in the sun, chat with friends, take a walk, etc.
Presenter: You!

Girl Scout Escape Room
Hone your investigation skills with our Girl Scout-themed escape room! One of our beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes has been stolen - can you solve the mystery of who did it and why? Solve puzzles, find clues, and have fun - then learn about the process of creating an escape room of your own.
Presenter: Janet Whatmough and Tara Lagasse

Girl Scout Service
Help out with a camp service project or be a Farnsworth Weekend helper!
Presenter: You!

Golden Eaglet Challenge
Celebrate the first Girl Scout Highest Awards by taking part in the Golden Eaglet Challenge IV. Come test your knowledge and skills of the first Highest Award for Girl Scouts. See what the uniforms were like. Learn forgotten skills such as semaphore, and what it took to earn the International Knowledge, Artist, and Child Nurse badges, and lots more. Patch included.
Presenter: Tara Pacht

Pellet Rifle Training - Beginners
Our shooting range allows participants to learn and practice riflery skills using .177 caliber pellet rifles under the guidance of range-trained staff. Basic firearms safety and marksmanship training will be covered.
Presenter: Steve Boyd

Songs and Games
Come play! Learn fun games and songs to teach your troop and share your own ideas!
Presenter: Debb King

Waterfront: Boating
Try out different kinds of boating on Lake Abenaki. Practice your canoe fundamentals, then paddle out to explore Lake Abenaki at your own pace. Or learn to balance and steer, then explore the coves of Lake Abenaki by paddleboard. Workshop is first-come, first-served on choosing the type of boat. Sign up for more than one session to try both!
Presenter: Camp Staff

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session IV: 2:15 - 3:15 P.M.

Art Journaling
Create a visual diary - record keepng combined with creativity for artists and non-artists alike. This allows you to relax, think, and experiment with new mediums in a pressure-free zone. If you are looking for ways to decompress and explore your thoughts and moods. Consider starting a journal today!
Presenter: Cassie Levesque

Farnsworth Weekend Quilters - 2022 Quilt Challenge
Join us as we showcase quilts from past year’s Farnsworth Weekend quilt block exchange and discuss the project for this coming year. This year we are going to try something a little different, a "quilt challenge." Many quilting guilds hold a quilt challenge every year and it is a is a great way to stretch your imagination and be inspired. Come and learn all about the challenge!
Presenter: Joanne Dickie

Free Time
It’s your choice: sleep, read a book, sit in the sun, chat with friends, take a walk, etc.
Presenter: You!

Girl Scout Escape Room
Hone your investigation skills with our Girl Scout-themed escape room! One of our beloved Girl Scout cookie recipes has been stolen - can you solve the mystery of who did it and why? Solve puzzles, find clues, and have fun - then learn about the process of creating an escape room of your own.
Presenter: Janet Whatmough and Tara Lagasse

Girl Scout Service
Help out with a camp service project or be a Farnsworth Weekend helper!
Presenter: You!

Ten-Minute Time Fillers
There will be many times during a troop meeting when an activity takes less time than you planned or you may find that plans have changed, leaving you with some extra time. In these instances, time fillers can help make a good meeting a great meeting! Come learn and try a few time fillers and have fun! You will take away several ideas for time-fillers and how to incorporate the activities to make them girl-led.
Presenter: Debb King

Twisted Gimp Wrap Bracelet
Make a wrapped of woven gimp-adorned wrap bracelet.  Materials will be provide but feel free to to bring your own plastic lacing if you have favorite colors.
Presenter: Elizabeth Krah

Waterfront: Boating
Try out different kinds of boating on Lake Abenaki. Practice your canoe fundamentals, then paddle out to explore Lake Abenaki at your own pace. Or learn to balance and steer, then explore the coves of Lake Abenaki by paddleboard. Workshop is first-come, first-served on choosing the type of boat. Sign up for more than one session to try both!
Presenter: Camp Staff

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session C: 3:30 - 5:45 P.M.
This is a 2.25-hour session. If you choose a workshop from this session, do not choose workshops from Session V and Session VI.

 

Basket Weaving
Make a simple 6-inch basket of flat reed and cording or presenters' choice. Bring a regular (~2 1/2 gal) bucket or larger, scissors, towels, spring clothespins, pencil, and yardstick or ruler.
Presenter: Karen and Betsey Krah

Box Oven Cooking - Make and Take
Come learn about box oven cooking.  You will make your own box oven, use it to make a simple snack, and take it home for your next campout.
Presenter: Chris Haswell, Debbie Payne, Gail Logan

Gadget Cushion
The gadget cushion can be used as a "home" for your phone, makeup mirror, use as a pincushion and thread holder and more. Filled with crushed walnut shells or polyfil stuffing. Please let us know of any nut allergies. Basic machine sewing skills needed.  
Presenter: Sue Bates

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session V: 3:30 - 4:30 P.M.

Finding Your Roots - Geneaology
Genealogy is tracing the lines of your ancestors and their descendants. It's the history of your family with the untold stories of ancestors you have always wanted to know. Join us to learn how to start your family discovery.
Presenter: Patty Levesque

Free Time
It’s your choice: sleep, read a book, sit in the sun, chat with friends, take a walk, etc.
Presenter: You!

Girl Scout Service
Help out with a camp service project or be a Farnsworth Weekend helper!
Presenter: You!

GSGWM Alumnae Book Club Meeting
Have you heard about the GSGWM Alumnae Book Club? Several members of the Alumnae Association have been meeting monthly via Zoom for almost 2 years now to read and talk about books. Members decide on the book selection and we have explored several genres. This is a great opportunity to get into a regular reading routine, meet and talk with alumnae and maybe try some reading selections outside your normal  reading material. The book that will be discussed will be announced soon. Come see what it is all about!.
Presenter: Shanna Bertrand

Math in Nature
Want to learn more about the new Math In Nature badges? Doc will break down the math for you and show you how to see math in the world all around you. If you are nervous about math, get ready to let your math anxiety go!
Presenter: Dr. Danielle "Doc" Goodwin

Pellet Rifle Training- Beginners
Our shooting range allows participants to learn and practice riflery skills using .177 caliber pellet rifles under the guidance of range-trained staff. Basic firearms safety and marksmanship training will be covered.
Presenter: Steve Boyd

Time with GSGWM Board
Spend time with our council’s Board of Directors to chat and learn about the latest council efforts and future strategy. Questions regarding governance topics (the board's pervue) are welcome.
Presenter:  GSGWM Board

Waterfront: Boating
Try out different kinds of boating on Lake Abenaki. Practice your canoe fundamentals, then paddle out to explore Lake Abenaki at your own pace. Or learn to balance and steer, then explore the coves of Lake Abenaki by paddleboard. Workshop is first-come, first-served on choosing the type of boat. Sign up for more than one session to try both!
Presenter: Camp Staff

What's in your First Aid Kit?
Learn how to stock and build a first aid kit and how to use everything in it to share with your troop. We'll also cover tips for helping your troop earn their First Aid badge.
Presenter: Gail Klanchesser

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.

Session VI: 4:45 - 5:45 P.M.

Cybersecurity - Girl Scout Badges
Cybersecurity should be everyone’s concern and responsibility. Did you know there are 3 Cybersecurity badges for each level of Girl Scouts from Daisy to Ambassador? Developed in partnership with Palo Alto Networks, a world leading cybersecurity organization, these badges equip girls with the knowledge, skills, and hand-on experience necessary to thrive in the interconnected world we live in and to become cybersecurity leaders of tomorrow. But are you thinking I am no cyber security expert how am I going to help the girls? Come talk with someone who works in cybersecurity about the badges and activities so you can become more confident is working these badges with the girls.
Presenter: Tiffany Bonneau

Free Time
It’s your choice: sleep, read a book, sit in the sun, chat with friends, take a walk, etc.
Presenter: You!

Girl Scout Service
Help out with a camp service project or be a Farnsworth Weekend helper!
Presenter: You!

Glass Etching
Learn how to decorate glassware with beautiful etching designs.  We will be using an etching cream to create a unique etched glass piece and discuss safety while doing this craft. All supplies needed will be provided.  Eye protection (glasses or sfety glasses) is recommended.  
Presenter: Stephanie Gosselin

Personal Wellness - change your habits, change your life
Wellness is a dynamic, ever-changing process: an approach to living life in a way that allows you to become the best kind of person you can be.  Don't worry about getting it perfect; just get going and become the best kind of person you can be and have peace in your life.
Presenter: Patty Levesque

Simple Compass Games
Learning how to use a compass is a skill that everyone who enjoys the outdoors will find useful and can be essential if you walk in isolated areas or in more challenging conditions. Come learn some games and activities designed to teach your girls how to use a compass.
Presenter: Katie McGarry

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to low enrollment or other circumstances.