June 17th- 20th, 2020 (official portion)
June 15th-20th - (other events, please see below)

Hinrichs' Property
2634 Bernardo Ave.
Escondido, CA, 92029

This page is under construction, so please check back later for more updates.


This year’s Fling will be a wonderful four days of academic and spirited fellowship.  

Students are encouraged to come with their families.  If you have a local family who will sponsor you, you may come without your family.  If you would like to be hosted or to host a family, please contact gbt@gbt.org

There is a charge of $200 per family to participate in these four days if a parent will be in attendance for at least half the event.  Students who come without a parent are $250 each.  All attendees will have a fling job (see below).  All parents will have one shift on parent patrol. When sending in payment, please remember your payment for the potluck buyout option if you will be using that.  Please have your payment in along with a list of those attending by June 1st.   We will not allow registrations at the Fling.   Please send to ETS at the address above.  Please do not combine payment for other events or tutorials. To register, please use the REGISTRATION FORM before June 1st.  After June 1st there is a $25 late fee.

Students who come must attend all events.  Some events outside the official portion of the fling are optional and are marked as such on the schedule.  Please do not sign up for the fling if you are not able to set aside the time to be with us for all events.  The only exceptions to the attendance policy are funerals, weddings and your own graduation ceremony All current students of ETS and their families are welcome to come.  

A note about younger siblings:  All younger siblings planning to attend the Fling for any portion of time MUST be in attendance on Wednesday when the boundaries and rules are explained.  If you need to have your children on the property, they may either sit with you and read a book or be part of the organized children's activities.  Parents who bring younger children will be helping with the children's activities- please use the sign-up genius to find when you will be helping with the activities. Sibling Activites at the Fling If your child plans to dance or sit quietly throughout the day, he or she will be a welcome addition, otherwise, please have them at the organized children's events.     

Choral singing is a large part of the fling.  We will all be singing together - particularly those who have never sung harmony before and don't think they can do it!  In order to create the most harmony possible while we gather, please practice our songs before you come.  You will first need to install the free finale notepad on your computer.  You can find details on where to find this and the finale files for all the songs we will be singing at http://www.gbt.org/music/.  Below is a list of the songs we will work on.  The more you work beforehand, the more fun we will be able to have when we gather.  You can easily hear most of these songs on the fling play list.

Angels We Have Heard On High
Fairest Lord Jesus
Dona Nobis Pacem - Palestrina
Choral 72 Saint Matthew Passion - Bach
Dies Irae - Mozart
Gloria - Vivaldi
Hallelujah Chorus - Handel
For Unto us a Child is Given - Handel
He Shall Purify - Handel

Sicut Cervus - Palestrina
Jubilate Deo - Orlando di Lasso
Angel's Carroll - Rutter

If you would like to see pictures of our past Flings, please see the ETS yearbook or the fling promo video.

Please acquaint yourself with the
ETS dress code before coming.  It will be enforced, so please err on the side of modesty as you plan your wardrobe.  We will have t-shirts to hand out to those who come inappropriately attired.  Please carefully read over with your children the fling rules and study the fling handout so that you can get through the potluck line quickly.

Everyone at the fling needs to have their own non-disposable water bottle.  Disposable water bottles are not invited to the fling. The plastic cups will not be out this year.  There will be water to refill your bottles.  Please make sure to make your bottle clearly labeled.  
Getting to eat lunch each day will depend on your knowledge of Greek.  Please make sure you can read the back of your ETS t-shirt as you will be test on it.  Here is a
helpful video  
Go to 5:30 for the back of the t-shirt.

We will need to meet in front of the hall for larger events and sun cover would be very helpful.  If you have a beach umbrella that you could bring, that would be very helpful.  You can place an umbrella in a 5 gallon bucket filled with rocks to hold it up.

To register, please use the registration form before June 1st.  Please remember to include the shirt size of all current students on the form (Adult S,M,L,XL).  Each current student  at the fling gets a free T-Shirt .  If you would like extra t-shirts, please order seperately by June 1st. Please watch the fling introduction video before coming.


See you in Escondido!

Mr. and Mrs. Hinrichs


Fling Photographer: 

  • Tuesday June 16th  ** Optional **

   All students and their families are welcome to attend any portion of the Tuesday presentations that they like.  However, if you come, you must be watching the lectures.

Paper Presentations


9:00 -

10:00 -


12:00 Lunch

1:00 -  

2:00 - 

           5:30 Great Books Five Dinner

This dinner is only for the GBT V students. Attire is semi-formal.  Please bring one quote to read from your GBT reading that you thought particularly memorable.  Also, please bring one item to hold during our group picture that represents your particular interests outside of GBT.


       Wednesday - June 17th

8:30 Arrival time

9:00 - 10:00 Fling introduction

Paper Presentations

10:00 - 11:00  -
11:00 - 12:00  -  

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

Potluck- Please sign up with the signup genius regarding what you will bring.   Please bring an amount proportionate to the number of mouths you bring with you.  All potlucks follow these same instructions.  Please note that the the BBQ will be available.

Sports- Please be sure to wear shoes that will be suited to some physical activity.  We will have volleyball, croquet, basketball, bocce, badminton and garden chess.

Potluck buyout option. If you would not like to bring food for the potluck, simply include $20 for each of your family members coming to the fling and we will purchase hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, pizza, fruit, and green salad with the money.

Baking Contest- Here is an ETS opportunity for those with a culinary bent.  On Wednesday, after the potluck, esteemed judges will taste whatever is entered into the contest and will select the winning entry. 

  If you would like to enter, please bring your entry on Wednesday (which should be a dessert) into the Hinrichs’ kitchen when you arrive in the morning.  Label it clearly as an entry for the contest, so that it does not end up on the general potluck table accidentally.  Make sure to talk to  Mrs. Hinrichs and she will assign you a number for your dessert.  Absolute secrecy is vital!  No one should know what you have made until everything has been judged.   Do not put your name on this label and do not attempt to bribe the judges to choose your entry. Any attempts to sabotage competitors’ desserts will result in an afternoon or morning in the ETS stocks.  (Whoops—we don’t have any.  Don’t worry—we’ll think of an appropriate punishment.)

  If you would like to judge, please contact Mrs. Hinrichs at: Christy@hinrichs.org


2:00 - 3:00 Singing Practice

3:00 - 5:00 Informal Debate

We will be having an introduction to debate and then holding our own group debate.  This year's topic will be: RESOLVED: "Creon's actions regarding the body of Polynices were wholly unjust and indicative of the tyrannical abuse of his office."  GBT 1 students will be presenting arguments- it would be wise to come with an outline of what you consider to be the best arguments and to write up the best arguments you made in your paper on 3x5 cards so that they can be quickly assembled into an opening speech. GBT III students will be acting as team coordinators and debate coaches.  GBT V students will play the part of jury and judge in our final debate. 

7:00- Dance Practice - you may dress semi-formally, if you wish, as long as your attire is in accordance with the dress code.

If you would like to be part of our fling bluegrass band for the country dancing, please see the music page.  Please bring your favorite fingerfood.


  Thursday - June 18th

Paper Presentations

8:30 Arrival Time

9:00 -

10:00 -  
11:00 - 


12:00 - 2:00 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

2:00 - 3:00
Singing in the park 

    Please meet at 1:45 to walk to the park pavillion together.

3:15 - 5:00 Septathalon - Please make sure to wear sport shoes!  

7:00-10:00 Movie and Discussion - TBA

  Friday - June 19th

Paper Presentations

8:30 Arrival Time

9:00 - 
10:00 -
11:00 -

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

2:00- 6:00 Free Afternoon-

Good time to get ready for the ball and practice for Saturday 

5:00 - 6:30  Portrait Time

Each family and each student will receive a free portrait.

7:00 – 10:00 Ball – 

Dress code- Formal/Semi formal. *** Please see the ETS dress code  before you purchase your clothing for the ball, so as to avoid the  need to return a gown or modify it in order to fit the guidelines.

If you would like to be part of our fling bluegrass band for the country dancing, please see the music page.  Please bring your favorite fingerfood.


  Saturday - June 20th (Alumni Day!)

Paper Presentations


Alumni Day- Alumni, please come and join us for this day!

8:30 Arrival Time

Truth and Reason
9:00 -
10:00 -

11:00 -  

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch- Potluck, Sports and Play Practice

2:00 ETS 25th anniversary celebration

**Open to all ETS alumni**

2:00 Interview with military veterans

3:00 Cake table
    If you have a favorite cake, please feel free to bring it to add to the celebration!

2:30-6:00 Reception-
Please come and get reacquainted with old friends!  The rocks and lawns are still wonderful inspirations to conversation and all the sports venues will be open for recreation.   The hall will also be open for anyone who would like to play the piano or any other instrument they might like to bring.

6:00 Dinner- Feel free to bring your own picnic or there are lots of places in town to pick up some food to bring back.

7:00 - ETS Play contest
Details TBA

8:00 -
ETS play
8:45 - Presentation of GBT V boxes
9:00 Singing and goodbyes
10:00ish End







        Hotels :

Comfort Inn

Motel Mediteran:  This is the closest (and also appears to be the cheapest in our area) motel to the Hinrichs' property.  ETS families who have stayed there have said that it isn't fancy, but very clean.

Off-site camping
- http://www.escondido.org/dixon-lake.aspx

There are many details to remember the week of the Fling.  Hopefully, this checklist will help simplify things.


1. Your contribution to the daily potluck.  We have an oven, lots of plugs for crockpots, and a refrigerator available for use.    ***Please note: We do not have a microwave, so plan accordingly. You may also choose to do the potluck buyout option.  Please see the Fling webpage for more information. 

2. Dishes to use during lunch and/or dinner potluck for four days.  (Plates, forks, napkins)

3. Non-disposable water bottles (Please do not bring disposable cups or water bottles.  People are wonderful about cleaning up after themselves, but somehow, we continue to find disposable plastic and paper cups (and disposable water bottles) in unusual places around the property after most events.)

4. Sunscreen and hats. (It was in the high 90's and as high as 113 degrees one year)

5. Jackets, sweatshirts, and/or blankets in case it is cold.  (It was in the low 60's and drizzly another year)

6.  Lawn chairs identified with your family name.  We have a number of folding chairs, but not enough to accommodate the amount of people on the property.  Many lawnchairs are left after each Fling, so it is nice to know who they belong to so we can get them back to you.

7. Please remember to bring copies of all texts that we will be using for reader's theaters. 
Label all jackets, lawnchairs, water bottles, dishes, etc. so that your things do not end up being taken to Goodwill after two months of not being claimed.



   Fling jobs - Please check back for more details on these positions.  All fling attendees must volunteer for a position.  It is helpful if you can signup for a position that you have already done.

Job Duties Duration Family    
Barbeque Tend the BBQ during lunchtime 4 days  
Bathroom cleaner Clean the bathroom after lunch and dinner time 1 day Main-
Hall Blower  Blow the Hall and surrounding patios at dinner time.  Please close windows!!
4 days  
Ice Getter Keep the ice cooler full of ice each day 4 days
Water Fillers Keep the water jugs full each day 4 days  
Trashman Keep the trashcans emptied and lined with fresh bags. Break down pizza boxes and stack each day. 4 days  
Afternoon cleaner Walk the property each afternoon to pickup trash 4 days  
Parent Patrol  Parent patrol to periodically walk the property during activities.
    Please make students are attending all scheduled activities.
    Please make sure rules are being obeyed on the property.
4 days
Kitchen cleaner Clean the house kitchen each day after lunch 4 days Wed& Fri:
Thu & Sat:
Kitchen Organizer Make sure the potluck runs smoothly 4 Days  
Prefling clean Clean the hall and property and move machinery-
Monday before fling, 9-12noon
1 Morning  
Postfling clean Clean the hall and property and move machinery-Monday after fling
9-12 noon
1 Morning  
Snack person Help Mrs. H with extra snacks that are served. As needed Wed, Sat:
Hall Sweep Sweep the hall at dinner time 4 Days  
Bagellady Get Bagels from the bagel shop each day at 2:45.  Starts Tuesday afternoon. 4 days
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Parking Attendant Please help people unload their cars in the circle so that they can quickly move their cars along and let the next person unload.  Please arrive at 8:20  4 Days  
SaladMaker Make salad for potluck each day - Materials provided 4 Days  
Breakfast tabler Set up Bagels and Bread each morning 4 Days  
Captain Fun Organize kids activities 4 Days  
Fun Assistants Help children's activities 2 Mornings
Costco runner Trip to costco on Wednesday and Friday morning to purchase buyout foods. 2 Days Thurs, Sat:
Fling Photograher Take pictures 4 days  
Recital coordinator Coordinate music recital    
Film Crew Please see film page 4 Days