At the STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Whispering Cedars, Girl Scouts develops both hard and soft skills critical for STEM, college, and career readiness. The STEM ecosystem that has developed around our first-of-its-kind STEM Center of Excellence includes corporations, universities and other non-profit organizations. These groups are passionate about builing the workforce pipeline in North Texas, in STEM Careers, or wheverver a girl's confidence can take her.
Girl Scouts are the next generation of scientists, engineeres, 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, Resident Camps, STEM Center day camps, and weekend programs .
**Registration opens on February 5 for summer 2024 camp sessions at Camp Whispering Cedars. Click here to learn more.**
We are changing the workforce pipeline in STEM to meet the urgent need for female voices, engagement and leadership in the fastets growing sector of the U.S. economy. Girl Scouts is cultivating STEM by:
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.
1926: 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
Imagine her taking on some of the biggest challenges and problems our planet faces—and helping solve them. Or having a career that’s engaging and well paid. Imagine her teaming up with others to invent the future. That future can be a reality, thanks to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Research shows that girls are keenly interested in STEM and excel at it. Yet, for a variety of reasons, girls often don’t pursue STEM—starting as early as elementary school. The proof is in the numbers, and when they graduate from school, the numbers are even more telling. But we can change that! Let your girl see that STEM can help her make the world a better place!
To put it simply, there aren’t enough women in STEM despite the fact that STEM careers are the fastest growing sector of the U.S. economy, and often the highest paying opportunities.
To be competitive in the global market, over the next decade the U.S. will need an astounding 1 million more STEM professionals than it’s on track to produce. Where will they come from? With your help, they’ll come from Girl Scouts! Reports show that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) occupations are growing at double the rate of other professions, and we’re committed to filling the STEM workforce pipeline.
The STEM Center of Excellence gives girls the opportunity to explore the sciences and the outdoors in a 21st century living laboratory. We also believe it's important to build facilities that reflect this mission. From the landscaping, to the pool deck, our exterior and interior features keep the sustainability of the earth in mind, as well as the learning experience and building efficiency.
Exterior Sustainability Strategies
Interior Sustainability Strategies
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
Looking to host a STEM event where girls can earn their STEM Seal of Approval patch or have any questions regarding this program? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSNETX will provide handouts at STEM events that explain which portion of the STEM Seal of Approval will be earned.
We’re always evaluating—and enhancing—what girls do, how girls
connect, and how girls grow as Girl Scouts. We listen to what girls,
parents, and volunteers tell us about what they like most, and we take
action to keep our program relevant and engaging.
We recently added new journeys and badges in STEM and the outdoors.
Combined with existing STEM and outdoor programs, as well as programming that addresses life skills and entrepreneurship, these new Journeys and badges help girls empower themselves to take the lead like a Girl Scout as they accomplish amazing things.
**Field Trips note for the 2023-2024 school year: We are currently booked for the current school year and are only accepting reservations for the 2024-2025 school year. Please note that our staff can only discuss field trips for the 2024-2025 school year and any inquiries with 2023-2024 dates will be placed on our waitlist. **
Through the STEM Center of Excellence, 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. By providing a space where students, especially girls, can
thrive in an environment rich with various STEM experiences, we are
poised to ensure this mission will become a reality. For more
information about field trips, costs, and the booking process, send an
email to email@example.com.
The STEM Center is a beautiful 92-acre facility located in South Dallas at our Camp Whispering Cedars property. The center has acres of woods and trails as well as climate-controlled cabins and lodges for overnight accommodation, an outdoor pool archery range, zipline, and a number of different indoor and outdoor educational classrooms including MakeHER Space.
The day starts with an opening ceremony and students are then broken into smaller groups and rotate through a variety of hands-on/minds-on activities, experiments, and outdoor adventures designed around the topic the school has chosen for the field trip. After a break for lunch, students continue through their final rotation and review their experience in a closing ceremony prior to getting on the bus.
Yes, the STEM activities the students participate in during all of the field trips are TEKS aligned to support classroom instruction.
Boys and girls in grades K-12 are welcome to participate in field trips and overnight educational programs. There are separate sleeping areas for boys and girls.
Schools generally arrive between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and leave around 2 p.m. We will work with your school if you need to adjust your arrival or departure time.
No, students and chaperones need to bring a nut-free sack lunch.
Field trips are non-refundable and take place, rain or shine. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, we will work with you to reschedule your visit to an alternate date.
Girl Scouts complements the great work you do at school every day. Our programming introduces and opens girls up to so many things—like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); entrepreneurship; life skills; financial literacy; and outdoor experiences—that are vital for a successful future and that enable girls to build social and emotional skills; exemplify anti-bullying behavior; and develop confidence, resiliency, and leadership skills.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Girl Scout Research Institute.
Inspire innovation by teaching girls all about robotics, engineering, and problem solving while partaking in this exciting program. Teams explore a topic based on the years themed challenge and present their research about innovative solutions. Each team will participate in an end-of-season showcase or competition to show off their robot creation. For more information on how tostart your own LEGO Robotics Team contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Age: Daisies & Brownies (age 6 -10)
Team: Between 4-6 girls
Age: Juniors & Cadettes (age 9 - 14)
Team: Between 4-6 girls
Interest meetings and workshops will be listed at gsnetx.org/events