(A look inside the welcome center.)
The Rees-Jones Foundation Welcome Center
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 Energy in Motion Zone, the Sound Garden, the Nature, Geology and Trees Trails and more.
The Hoglund Foundation Program Center
The Hoglund Foundation Program Center has been designed as a flexible space and can be used as a single large program area or three separate classrooms to accommodate groups up to 150. 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 provides a multi-use area. Programs include badge and journey workshops, and in-depth exploration of STEM topics such as robotics, coding, digital media, physics, chemistry and engineering. This is the primary program space for K – 5th grade girls.
(A couple takes in the sunset atop the observation tower.)
The Moody Foundation Observation Tower
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. The Tower includes an enclosed classroom space which is home to our Astronomy Club. The Rosine Sammons Observation Deck at the top of the tower serves as a “classroom in the sky” for evening star gazing, lessons on topography and more. The ground floor has an open air classroom.
Ericsson Fiber Network & Infrastructure
Ericsson and GSNETX are working together to build a diverse STEM leadership pipeline that will benefit our entire world. As part of the process, Ericsson is helping to provide next-generation fiber connections for the STEM Center of Excellence – including fiber design, hard wiring, materials and installation.
Nita Prothro Clark Nature Trail
The Nita Prothro Clark Nature Trail is a half-mile trail featuring a gathering area, animal tracks and ecosystems educational signage, and interactive outdoor curriculum. This trail is ideal for our Daisies and Brownies to explore nature.
Millie & Allan Bradley Energy In Motion Zone
The Energy in Motion Zone, designed by Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, is an outdoor area where girls can explore a variety of hands-on exhibits on the concept of energy. Using golf concepts, girls will move a ball through a series of obstacles on a course, discovering the science of energy using simple machines and catapults, as well as understanding scientific principles such as gravity, radial acceleration, tangential angles, and probability.
Katherine C. Carmody Trust Texas Tree Trail
In partnership with the Texas Trees Foundation, this trail has been developed to highlight the variety of species of trees on the campus as well as to bring attention to the importance of trees in our lives. The trail is technology-infused and troop leaders can use their smartphones to instantly access information, activities and experiments at various points along the trail to enhance the girls’ experience.
Serena Connelly Archery Range
The Archery Range features a shooting range with a total of 15-20 targets surrounded by a 10' arrow curtain. The range includes a shaded structure surrounded by a low barrier fence with solar lighting and picnic tables. Also includes a storage shed. The facility will be open to the public for day use.
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Amy Frazier Geology Trail by Lynne Mabry
The Geology Trail features a half-mile walking trail where girls will explore different fossils, test soil, understand rock formations and discover the natural escarpment on the back side of the camp property.
AT&T Ropes Course
At our ropes course area, she'll have her pick at a high ropes course, low ropes course and fun team-building activities. The high ropes course features a towering three-person swing, a zip line, ropes bridge and climbing wall. The low ropes course includes elements that are traditionally found on a high ropes course but have been placed close to the ground so that our youngest girls who cannot use the high ropes course can have challenge-seeking opportunities as well as team building experiences.
Dallas Foundation Outdoor Soundscape
The Outdoor Soundscape features different instruments and signage that focuses on the science of sound and music in nature. In this area, girls will learn about sound as a form of energy, understand how fast and at what rate sound waves travel through different materials, learn about pitch, frequency and amplitude of sound and experiment with how tempo can change how we feel.
Marianne & Roger Staubach Sports Field
The Sports Field offers a grassy field for soccer or volleyball, a Ga-ga ball pit and storage for sports and field equipment. Girls can make up their own games, fly a kite or a drone, or launch a rocket from this beautiful spot in the heart of camp.
Crystal Charity Ball Girl Exploration Center
The Exploration Center offers a 21st century experience where girls can learn through high-tech, high-touch nature immersion. The building features a living roof, a solar panel shaded entrance, rain water harvesting and solar light tubes which minimize the need for electricity-powered lighting inside the building. External to the building is a grassy natural berm leading to the living roof which makes the building appear as though it is part of the natural surroundings. The facility will house a dedicated chemistry lab, and general lab and a computer lab. This is the primary program space for middle and high school girls.
The Boone Family Foundation Courtyard
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 courtyard is our only groomed space on property and includes plants native to Texas and features plants that are drought tolerant and represent for different regions of Texas. Read More About These Trailblazers
The Hillcrest Foundation Pond Butterfly Pavilion & Garden
The 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. The pavilion serves as a shaded outdoor classroom to conduct citizen scientist experiments.
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. In partnership with Duncanville ISD, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas will offer underwater robotics programming in this space. More About the Aquatics Center
(A girl creates geometric patterns on the innovation center's magnetic fun wall.)
Texas Instruments Innovation Center
The Texas Instruments Innovation Center is 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.
(Girl Scouts participate in a physics experiment on the amphitheater stage.)
Lisa K. Simmons Amphitheater
The Lisa K. Simmons Amphitheater will be a gathering place where Girl Scouts, troops and service units sing songs, perform skits and participate in large group events while camping at the STEM Center of Excellence. Outdoor stage experiences have been a long-standing Girl Scout tradition where girls build self-confidence through public speaking and the performing arts.
The Leadership Center will serve as a hub for training and equipping our volunteers - the heart of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Two interior classroom spaces – Ericsson Training Hub A and Ericsson Training Hub B – include training and instruction equipment, projection and sound. The building also includes a multipurpose room, sleeping quarters, and kitchen area. Outside, three fire pits will be used to train volunteers on troop camp fire safety. The Leadership Center provides essential dedicated space to train and empower volunteers to deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to Girl Scouts with consistent, proven methods that create a supportive environment for girls to discover their best selves.