The STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars

History of Camp Whispering Cedars and the STEM Center of Excellence

Girl Scouts began in Dallas in 1920 with two troops of girls. Girl Scouts of the USA chartered the Dallas Council in 1924. In the same year, Ms. R.M. Hammond donated 20 acres of land and Mr. Alex Sanger donated 13 acres of land to form a camp for girls in southwest Dallas.

The Kiwanis Club built a lodge and bath house on the camp property and the property was named Camp Kiwanis.

1927: The Kiwanis Club built the first pool and first version of Tanglewood cabins on the camp property.

1930: The Dallas Girl Scouts bought an additional 13 acres of property at the camp, bringing the total acreage, including some leased acres from the Dallas Community Chest, to 53.

1950: The site was renamed Camp Whispering Cedars.

1954: Tents were replaced with cabins for Cedar Lodge and Glen Oaks. Tanglewood cabins were replaced.

1963: The Dallas Council and the Chisholm Trail Council merged to form the Tejas Council.

1975: Camp Whispering Cedars was refurbished.

1991: Tejas Lodge was rebuilt after the building was destroyed by a fire in 1988.

2007: Tejas Council, Cross Timbers Council and Red River Council merged to become Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX).

2015: Construction began on The STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars

2018: Grand Opening of The STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars

1930 - Girl Scouts meeting together outdoors
1954 - Girl Scouts tidying the front stoop of their cabin
1963 - Girl Scouts toasting marshmallows at a campfire
1970s - Girl Scouts at flag ceremony
1970s - Girl Scouts clearing a trail
1991 - Girl Scouts gather for flag ceremony
2015 - GSNETX leaderships breaks ground for the STEM Center of Excellence

We are committed to building girls’ interest, awareness, and competence in STEM. Your girls can join the fun by working on special GSNETX Council STEM patches. The black, center patch, and State Farm patch are free and will be earned after completing the online reporting form. Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive an email about pick-up details.

Seal Requirements
Career Card

Looking to host a STEM event where girls can earn their STEM Seal of Approval patch or have any questions regarding this program? Contact

GSNETX will provide handouts at STEM events that explain which portion of the STEM Seal of Approval will be earned.

Workshops and Events
Workshops and Events

Pursue Girl Scout "journeys" and badges in cybersecurity, eco-camping, robotics, college prep, space science, and more.

Field Trips
Field Trips

Developed and presented by our expert STEM staff, our co-educational field trips are open to students K-12. (See important note below.)

Resources for Educators
Resources for Educators

More learning. Bright outcomes. Find useful assets for building the women leaders of tomorrow. 

Robotics Clubs
Robotics Clubs

Have Girl Scouts excited about creating robots and things that move? Start a FIRST LEGO League Junior Robotics Team! Learn more below.