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Farnsworth Weekend 2021

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Camp Farnsworth
Thetford, VT
Open to all Girl Scout 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! 


The last day to process registrations will be September 1. 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. 

Sandwich Options:

  • Grilled Pesto (nut-free) Chicken Sandwich w/Provolone, (Kaiser Roll or Wrap)
  • Roast Beef w/Swiss and Horseradish Mayo, (Kaiser Roll or Wrap)
  • Marinated Roasted Veggie Wrap

Each box will include sides of chips, cookies, tortellini or gluten free pasta salad, and a bottle of water.

Please specify any dietary needs upon registration. 

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. You will be able to choose your sleeping accommodation upon registration. 

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
Outdoor Facilities 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 below

Workshop Supplies:

  • All Levels Flow Yoga: yoga mat or mat of some sort. comfortable clothing
  • Basket Weaving: Bring a regular (~2 1/2 gal) bucket or larger, scissors, towels, clothespins, pencil, and yardstick or ruler
  • Beginning Crochet: any kind of worsted weight yarn (4) of the participants choice, a crochet hook (size H), a few stitch markers, a pair of scissors, a pencil and paper
  • Box Oven Cooking - Make and Take: bring a box which  has an attached lid, more cube-shaped than rectangular if possible (approximately 12” to 14” in each direction), and also a roll of masking tape and a 25’ roll of aluminum foil (either heavy duty or regular will work).  A liquor store is a good source of heavy boxes, usually with lids attached
  • Button Bracelet: scissors.  Optional: your own buttons, beads, or charms if you want a specific color/theme or have a button collection to use
  • Campfire Songs!: recording device if you want to record songs
  • Crocheting 101: any kind of worsted weight yarn (4) of the participants choice, a crochet hook (size H), a yarn needle, a pair of scissors, a pencil and paper
  • Dreams to Reality!: Vision Board Party & Planning: bring your own board, pictures, magazines, embellishments to make a 3-D vision board, scissors, adhesive (glue, tape), and markers. Your 3D Board can be as simple as a poster board, foam core board, cork board, or even chicken wire with clothes pins.  Any shape, any shape any size! Let your imagination run wild, be creative!
  • Eating on the Wild Side – Foraging: Dress appropriately for going afield and looking for plants/edibles, and favorite plant/guidebook to share if you have one
  • Fun with Pie Irons: Pie iron if you have one
  • Gentle Flow Yoga: yoga mat or mat of some sort. comfortable clothing
  • Gimp, Scoubidou, Boondoggle!: scissors, ruler
  • Let's Go On a Hike!: dress appropriately for hiking, bring a water bottle
  • Macrame 101: scissors
  • Mindfulness 101: journal and a pen
  • Sashiko Mug Rug: scissors, sewing/reading glasses if necessary
  • Simple Compass Games: bring your compass if you have one
  • Style Your T-shirt!: bring one or two T-shirts, and a good sharp pair of fabric scissors
  • Sunflower Fabric Applique: small sharp scissors for cutting fabric
  • Wine Cork Succulent Planter: hot glue gun/glue sticks and wine corks if you have them
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.

21-FW-VNeck copy

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

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

21-FW-Sweatshirt copy

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

S-XL: $37.00
2X-4X: $39.00

Schedule of the Day
Friday, September 10
Arrival time for Friday night campers 5:00 PM
   
Saturday, September 11
Arrival and Check-in 8:15-9:00 AM
Session A 9:00-11:15 A.M
Session I 9:00-10:00 AM
Session II 10:15-11:15 AM
Gathering and Flag Ceremony 11:15-11:45 AM
Lunch 11:45 AM-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 12
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 outdoors when social distancing of 3 feet can be maintained. Masks may remain off for short periods of close contact (under 10 minutes of time) for instruction or photos. Masks are required indoors when social distancing 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.

 

Earth Day and Environmental Activities
Easy Earth Day and environmental activities for your troop. Take a trip from Mexico to Canada, make a snowy owl, learn new songs and games and take a short hike.
Presenter: Vera Kirk and Debbie Payne

Girl Scout Ceremonies
Ceremonies are rooted in Girl Scout tradition and are a great way to begin your meeting or recognize new girls and achievements accomplished throughout the year. Come learn about all the different ceremonies you can do with your troop, e.g., flag ceremonies, bridging, Scout’s Own. We will discuss flag etiquette, practice a flag ceremony, and conduct an outdoor flag ceremony as part of the day's events.  Attendees will receive a packet with information and sample ceremonies.  
Presenter: Joan Hagar

Let's Go On a Hike!
Want to go for a hike with your troop? Let's explore hiking with Girl Scouts at every age - Daisies through Ambassadors. In the first part of this workshop we will discuss what to bring, where to go, and what to do to keep it fun and engaging! In the second part of the workshop we will put into practice what we learned and take a short hike to Camp Farnsworth's  remote Seven Gables site.
Presenter: Sue DiSalvo

Mindfulness 101
Did you know mindfulness is much more that just meditation? You will learn about the origins of mindfulness and its many forms and applications. After a brief informational piece, we will "learn by doing" engaging in several hands-on mindfulness practices, starting with mindfulness and nature and then engaging in every day exercises you can do and teach others to do as well.
Presenter: Marissa Volpe

Sunflower Fabric Applique
Create a fabric sunflower collage applique quilt panel with this no-sew technique.  It can be finished into a quilted wall hanging, table covering or framed wall hanging.  Great technique to use with girls of all ages.
Presenter: Joanne Dickie

Woodworking
Make a useful take-home project. Bring work gloves and safety glasses.
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 - FULL
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

All Levels Flow Yoga
All Levels Flow Yoga is taught to all levels of strength and flexibility. Modifications will be offered for newer students as well as more challenging options for the more experienced student. All are welcome and everyone's needs will be catered to. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or a mat of some sort (towel, thick blanket, etc.). 
Presenter: Liz Dubois

Archery: Beginner Level - FULL
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 - FULL
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!

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

Acrylic Pouring - FULL
Have you heard about the new craze that's taking the nation by, well, pour?  It's called acrylic pouring and YOU can learn this fun and fanciful technique! Come, learn what the fuss is all about.
Presenter: Tammy Downing

Archery: Beginner Level - FULL
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

Christmas Ornaments - FULL
Make four Christmas ornaments with domino, glitter, dot mandala, paper, and more. All are ornaments that could be made with a troop to give as gifts or sell at a craft fair.
Presenter: Kim Lemear

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 - FULL
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!

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 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.

 

Civil Civics
This workshop will help leaders  teach girls to look at both sides of an issue, cultivating healthy debate with dialectic thinking and empathic imagination. The goal of the workshop is to help participants learn that contrary opinions are based on values and beliefs, and that understanding those beliefs and finding where they intersect is key to engaging and changing others’ minds and finding common ground
Presenter: Cassie Levesque

Crocheting 101
Learn the basic stitches of crochet. The first part of the workshop will be devoted to learning the basic skills including making a slip knot, single crochet, and double crochet.  In the second half of the workshop, we will learn to make cozies for cups or mugs so we can give them to a friend when we get together for coffee.
Presenter: Pat Decker

Dreams to Reality: Vision Board Party & Planning
Activate your dreams into desired personal achievements by making it visual! Create your own vision board and learn skills, tools and strategies of implementing this experience with your troops to promote a growth mindset and become goal-oriented. Your vision board may include career, money, education, love, health, travel, or social goals. You can include all of these or make a vision board for each goal, focusing on the details of each. It's up to you! Now it's time to get creative! This is a great tool to help you with your personal goals, but also a tool you can use to work with your girls to plan out your troop year or help a girl with her higher award project goals. Presenter Recommendation: Consider also attending the Love Your #SELFIE workshop. Supporting girls requires building their positive perception and self image for increased productivity and ability to achieve goals.
Presenter: Jessi Rice Greenlow

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

Macrame 101
Macrame is a versatile style of art that you can use to make anything from jewelry, to bags/purses, to plant hangers and more!  Learn the basic types of knots to make any macrame project. You will then use those skills to make a macrame wall hanging. We will also explore making jewelry with macrame.
Presenter: Margo Logan

Service Unit Teams: Why Have One, How to Build One
It is incredibly intentional that the Service Unit (SU) Team is called a TEAM. Teams must come together to collaborate, support each other’s efforts and share responsibilities in order to achieve the greatest amount of success for a common goal. Come and share with us how to build your team to be strong and successful.
Presenter: DeeDee Rice and Tammy Downing

Woodworking
Make a useful take-home project. Bring work gloves and safety glasses.
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.

Airsoft Target Shooting—Beginners
Our Airsoft target shooting range allows participants to learn and practice riflery skills using Airsoft rifles under the guidance of range-trained staff. Target shooting is a competitive sport involving tests of accuracy using various types of guns, such as firearms and air guns.
Presenter: Steve Boyd

Button Bracelet - FULL
Come join us for this fun, easy, relaxing, creative bracelet-making class. Buttons, buttons, buttons galore! It's a good beginning sewing  activity for your girls to learn, too, preparing those skills needed for sewing on all the new badges/patches earned in the next year! You can bring your own buttons, beads, or charms if you want a specific color/theme or have a button collection to use. Otherwise, all supplies will be provided.
Presenter: Sue Bates

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!

Style Your T-shirt!
Ever seen those cool T-shirts at a concert, or at the beach, and wondered 'How do I get those rips and slices like that?!' Well wonder no more! In this workshop, you'll learn the basics of T-shirt customization.  Your girls will love it!
Presenter: Jade DeYoreo

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.

Airsoft Target Shooting—Beginners
Our Airsoft target shooting range allows participants to learn and practice riflery skills using Airsoft rifles under the guidance of range-trained staff. Target shooting is a competitive sport involving tests of accuracy using various types of guns, such as firearms and air guns.
Presenter: Steve Boyd

Campfire Songs!
Come sing with us around the campfire! Great Girl Scout camp and traditional songs will be our focus. Share your favorite tune and learn some new ones!
Presenter: Sue DiSalvo

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

Gimp, Scoubidou, Boondoggle! - FULL
The classic summer camp craft! Learn how to make lanyards, keychains, and more using flexible plastic lacing.
Presenter: Elizabeth Krah

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

Sashiko Mug Rugs - FULL
Learn about the Japanese embroidery techniques of sashiko by making a mug rug. It’s fun needlework that anyone can do. We will be hand sewing these rugs and decorating them with sashiko patterns. A kit will be provided for each participant.
Presenter: Sue Bates

Spread the Word about Girl Scouts
Show the world what great things your Girl Scouts do! Learn some tips and tricks about telling your Girl Scout story, as well as how to share your events and cookie booths with your community. Perfect for troop leaders or community volunteers.
Presenter: Ginger Kozlowski

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

Love Your #SELFIE: Self Image and Building Self -Esteem
Building self esteem from the inside out is a part of respecting yourself and others. We're going to rally together to empower women of all ages and stages to take aligned action towards building a positive self image. Personal appreciation and advocacy are skills that are encouraged and demonstrated to build emotional intelligence, self awareness and a positive perception from the inside out. We'll incorporate ice breakers, personal reflection and debriefing, and inner coaching. Supporting girls requires building their positive perception and self image for increased productivity and ability to achieve goals. Presenter Recommendation: Also consider attending the Vision Board Party & Planning workshop.  
Presenter: Jessi Rice Greenlow

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

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

 

10-Minute Time Fillers
Every leader occasionally has those awkward few minutes between scheduled activities, the girls are looking for something to do and they are looking to YOU! We will give you the tools to keep girls engaged without pushing the pause button on fun! From Charades to Silly Songs, you will be prepared to plan a time filler in a pinch!
Presenter: Tammy Downing

Airsoft Target Shooting—Beginners
Our Airsoft target shooting range allows participants to learn and practice riflery skills using Airsoft rifles under the guidance of range-trained staff. Target shooting is a competitive sport involving tests of accuracy using various types of guns, such as firearms and air guns.
Presenter: Steve Boyd

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

Gentle Flow Yoga
Gentle Flow Yoga is geared specifically for those new to yoga or those who are interested in a gentle practice. This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each class will end with an extended period of relaxation. This class is appropriate for anyone of any age, shape or size. No experience or flexibility required. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or a mat of some sort (towel, thick blanket, etc.). 
Presenter: Liz Dubois

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


How to Help Girl Scouts Grow in Your Community
We’re living in an ever-changing environment and we’ll have to approach recruitment in new ways. We know we’ll need flexible plans that can be adjusted for multiple scenarios, which is why this year, our workshop is high-level and focused on next steps. From talking to prospective families and volunteers, to starting troops in your local area, we will teach you all things recruiting, the Girl Scout way.
Presenter: Amanda LaClair

Quilt Block Exchange Club
Do you quilt or do you want to learn how to make a quilt block? Join us as we showcase quilts from last year’s Farnsworth exchange and discuss this past year's exchanges. We will decide upon theme, colors, and other details. Ultimately, each participant will create unique and individualized quilt blocks to exchange with other participants. You will end up with enough quilt blocks to create your own wall hanging or quilt — or be creative and use them for a different purpose! For those who have never sewn quilt blocks before, a demonstration on how to cut and sew fabric into the block chosen for this year's exchange. You will be making your quilt blocks at home for exchange at a later date (around March 2022).
Presenter: Joanne Dickie

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

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

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

Bee Hotel - FULL
Bee hotels, also called nests or houses, are a great way to attract pollinators to your flower or vegetable garden. A bee hotel can be home to many bee species, including mason bees, leaf cutter bees, and small carpenter bees. This type of bee lives alone, not in hives, and they do not make honey. Solitary bees are much less likely to sting than honeybees because they aren't defending a hive.  Let's make a hotel you can use in your yard next spring.
Presenter: Stephanie Gosselin

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!

Simple Compass Games - FULL
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

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

Wine Cork Succulent Planter - FULL
Make a decorative wine cork planter for a small succulent plant. Fun craft project!
Presenter: Joanne Dickie

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