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Girl Scouts develops both hard and soft skills critical for STEM, college, and career readiness. Our girls will become the next generation of scientists, engineers, innovators and leaders who will break the glass ceiling and soar beyond.

On its 92-acre campus near Downtown Dallas, the STEM Center of Excellence provides girls year-round opportunities in robotics, computer coding, botany, chemistry, the science of music and more through field trips, council-led workshops, DIY activities, overnight camp, STEM day camps and weekend programs.

Our Impact

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We are changing the workforce pipeline in STEM to meet the urgent need for female voices, engagement and leadership in the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy. Girl Scouts is cultivating STEM by:

    • Exposing young women to educational and professional opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and math
    • Broadening her world-view of what is possible for her future
    • Developing her confidence and addressing gender parity in STEM careers
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Camp Features

Rees-Jones Foundation Welcome Center
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The Rees-Jones Foundation Welcome Center is the first place a visitor is welcomed to and orientated with camp.

The welcome center houses an office, conference room and  large reception area where guests will check in for programs, weekend and summer camping, and provides maps and information with suggested activities for all areas of camp accessible without a prior reservation. These include the trails, Energy in Motion Zone, the Music Garden, the pond, creek, meadow and escarpment.

The Hoglund Foundation Program Center
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The Hoglund Foundation Program has been designed as a flexible use of space and will be used as one large program area to accommodate groups up to 150.

The program center can also be divided into three separate labs to accommodate smaller groups. One lab area provides access to a sink, cooker and refrigerator, a second lab provides indoor, wet and dry lab space with access to a covered outdoor pavilion, and the third lab space is a multi-use area.

Offered programming includes badge and journey workshops, and in-depth exploration of STEM topics such as robotics, coding, digital media, physics, chemistry and engineering.

The Moody Foundation Observation Tower
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The three story Observation Tower rises above the tree line to help girls understand the expanse of nature and explore the sky in both day and night-time settings.

 

Phase Two Construction

Phase Two construction is set to begin in the spring of 2016, will include 12 new features, and is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2018.

Nita Prothro Clark Nature Trail
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A half-mile trail featuring a gathering area, animal tracks and ecosystems sign, and interactive outdoor curriculum.

Millie and Allan Bradley Energy In Motion Zone
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Designed with five outdoor physics activities, a human sundial, parabolic dishes and more, the Energy In Motion Zone is an outdoor area where girls can explore a variety of hands-on exhibits on the concept of energy.

Katherine C. Carmody Trust Texas Tree Trail
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Developed by the Texas Trees Foundation and features QR codes and activities throughout.

Serena Connelly Archery Range
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Features a target wall of varied lengths for different age levels, two shooting ranges with a total of 15-20 targets separated by a 10' arrow curtain, a shaded structure surrounded by a low barrier fence with solar lighting and picnic tables. Also includes a storage shed.

 

Amy Frazier Geology Trail by Lynne Mabry
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Features a half-mile walk/trail where girls will explore different fossils, test soil and conduct renewable energy experiments.

AT&T Ropes Course
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She'll have her pick at a high ropes course, low ropes course and fun team-building activities.

Dallas Foundation Outdoor Soundscape
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Features different instruments and signage that focuses on the science of sound and music in nature.

Marianne & Roger Staubach Sports Field
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A grassy field for soccer or volleyball, a Ga-ga ball pit and storage for sports and field equipment.

Crystal Charity Ball Girl Exploration Center
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Offers a 21st century experience where girls can learn through high-tech, high-touch nature immersion.

The Boone Family Foundation Courtyard
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We are honored to introduce the The Boone Family Foundation Courtyard at the STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars, dedicated to three Texas Trailblazers: Vivian Castleberry, Louise Raggio and Virginia Whitehill.

The Hillcrest Foundation Pond Butterfly Pavilion & Garden
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The pond, butterfly pavilion and garden serve as a living laboratory for girls to learn from nature. Girls will have the chance to study pond ecosystems, take pond samplings, test water and investigate the water cycle. 

Aquatics Center
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The Aquatic Center features a large pool with two low diving boards in the deep end, a 4'-5' swimming area and a zero entry area for non-swimmers. There is an attached building with bathrooms, showers and changing facilities.

Texas Instruments Innovation Center

The Texas Instruments Innovation Center will be a stand-alone building where Girl Scouts can gather in small groups and use their creativity to launch the design process in an inspiring environment. 

The Center will also be the home of our robotics teams and small groups who need a safe space for ongoing projects. The outdoor space will be incorporated for volunteers, parents and staff to gather and celebrate the girls' accomplishments.