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The Unknown Girl Scout Camp
With all the wonderful Girl Scout Camps that have come and gone, occasionally I find a camp without a name.
This 10 acre camp 35 miles from San Antonio was donated to the local Girl Scouts
by Albert Kronkosky in 1925.
I can't find any more information about it.
Did it ever get a name?



Camp Agnes Arnold
Conroe, TX
479 acres
1944 - current
Home of the Girl Scouts of  San Jacinto Nature Center



Collage of Camp Arnold patches

 




Camp Amaryllis (1928-1931)
Girl Scout Camp on J.H. Bush's Land
Girl Scout Camp on William Bush's Ranch
Kiwanis Girl Scout Camp (1932 - ?)
10 miles west of Amarillo, TX
1928









Another Girl Scout Camp that accepted S&H Green Stamps!





Camp Aranna
4604 Bayou Blvd, Baytown, TX


Google Maps
 



Girl Scout Camp at Bandera
Bexar Girl Scout Camp
Medina Lake, TX
320 acres
Officially Dedicated June 28, 1936
Famous Visitor Alert: Mary White, of Camp Mary White fame (and more) was given the honor of laying the cornerstone of the Administration Building.
Stone "cabins" were made from the demolished Court Building in Amarillo - Girl Scouts recycling!
Units: Trail's End, Live Oaks, Skyline, Cedar Hill




Ballinger Girl Scout Day Camp
Ballinger City Park, TX



Camp Bayview
Bayview, TX
18 acres




Camp Beaver Creek Ranch
1969
Part of the original land donation of H. Ross Perot to the Girl Scouts, divided into Camp Bette Perot and Camp Beaver Creek Ranch





Camp Bette Perot
Part of the larger Beaver Creek Ranch, originally Beaver Valley Farm on Beaver Creek, Palestine, TX
purchased 1969
Named after Miss Bette Perot, President of the Perot Foundation (1970), sister of H.Ross Perot,
 successful businessman and former candidate for the U.S Presidency who purchased and donated the property to the Girl Scouts.







These awesome images of the new lodge at Camp Bette Perot 
were found on the architect site noted above.

Collage of Camp Bette Perot patches





Camp Blanco
San Antonio, TX
1939


Knitting as a  camp project for English children
 who were war victims.

 



Camp Boothe Oaks
Originally 40 acres, sold for $4000 with options, from Mr. & Mrs. Walter Boothe
1953
Units: Sleepy Hollow, Gypsy Glen, Plateau, Sherwood, Shadows



An English Girl Guider spends some time at Camp Boothe Oaks


How many other camps can boast a visit from the NASA Spacemobile?
 




Girl Scout Camp at Brackenridge
near Lambert's Beach, TX






Camp Cactus
New Braunfels, TX
1931






Camp Camwood
Magnolia & Clear Creek Rd, Hockley, TX
110 acres






Camp Casa Mare
(Camp House by the Sea)
Wilson Scott property
4810 Todville Rd Seabrook, TX
purchased in 1958 for $100,000
43 acres


The 1910 Wilson Scott 3-story concrete mansion "Big House"
was torn down by the Girl Scouts, much to the 
dismay of campers young and old.
This house and property were full of ghost stories.
However the cost of much needed repairs (the salt water and air
corroded the metal rebar), maintenance and
retro-fitting to make the site ADA compliant
were prohibitive.
image: http://kira.lightsphere.com



 Cedar Brake Ranch
 Cedarbrake Ranch

Cedar Brake Girl Scout Camp

on the Paluxy River, near Grandbury, TX

I wasn't able to find much information on this camp. If you have any information - please email!

Thank You Linda!!!!
















Cedar Grove Girl Scout Camp
Kerrville, TX




Girl Scout Camp at Ceta Canyon
South of Amarillo, TX




Girl Scout Camp near Comfort
Guadalupe River, near Comfort, TX





Girl Scout Camp at Charles F. Perry Camp
Camp Perry
BSA property
Rio Hondo, TX






Camp Chrysalis
Medina Rd, Kerrville, TX







Camp Cookie
Bandera Road, Helotes, TX
Day Camp

Senior Girl Scouts ran this day camp!



Camp Dixie Allison
Primitive Girl Scout Camp
17 miles west of Menard, TX
104 acres




Camp DeLeon
Deleon, TX




Camp El Ranchito
Paul Bluntzer's Ranch
35 miles from Corpus Christi, TX





Girl Scout's Galveston Boat Club
10016 Cloud Ln, Galveston, TX

Nice two-story house in a residential neighborhood,
6 ft. fencing, separate sleeping area for leaders,
right on the water of Back Bay.






Camp Gambill
Paris, TX
54 acres







Girl Scout Day Camp at George Washington Carver Park
Abilene, TX



Camp Greenhill
Camp Green Hill
23152 Park Rd 25
Mathis, TX
southeast side of lake



Requesting more land...


Still waiting...


Hurricane Celia leaves her mark.



Happy Hollow Primitive Camp
between Burton and Brenham
62 acres
not owned by Girl Scouts, but used by Girl Scouts


Hat-A-Ranch
near Bakersfield, Pecos Co. TX
In 1960 the nephew of late Arthur G. Anderson (who established the Hat-a-Ranch sheep ranch) gave the Girl Scouts
exclusive use of 40 acres of the ranch. 
It seems that this Girl Scout Camp was the only one to have an active sheep ranch.







Girl Scout Camp at Horizon City
Lower Valley area of El Paso, TX




 Howdy - Primitive Camp
60 acres
near Bryan, TX





Girl Scout Camp at Indian Creek
BSA property
Ingram, TX




Camp Jo Jan Van

Nueces River, Vance/Barksdale, TX
1970
200 acres
Land donated by Joseph and Mabel VanderStrucken in honor of their daughters.


Camp Kachina
Lake Belton, TX
1957
344 acres
I spent a wonderful summer here as the Camp Nurse during resident camp.
Only the Lodge had air conditioning, but luckily, that's where the Infirmary was located.



Vintage postcards of Camp Kachina


1960

Picture of the camp sign I took while working there.
 I remember seeing a fox sitting near this sign late one night.





Camp Kadohadacho
Big Mineral Arm, Lake Texoma, TX
175 acres
Officially dedicated April 16, 1972


Camp fees could be paid with S&H Green Stamps in 1972!





Girl Scout Kamp Karankawa
Center Point, TX






Girl Scout Camp Kickapoo
Ft. Hood, TX



Camp Kiva
Medina Lake, TX







Kiwanis Girl Scout Camp
Morris Kiwanis Girl Scout Camp
16 miles north of Coleman, TX




Camp La Jita
Sabinal River, 3 miles south of Utopia, TX
225 acres
property donated by Mr. & Mrs. John F. Camp
1947




Vintage postcards of Camp La Jita




Dinosaur Tracks at Camp La Jita!

 








Girl Scout Camp at Lake Dallas
Lake Dallas, TX





Camp Las Leonitas
Buffalo Lake, Lubbock, TX




Camp Leland Cage
Lake Corpus Christi, Mathis, TX
land made available by Leland Cage, of Cage Implement Co.


Girl Scout Camp at Leuders
Baptist Encampment property
Abilene, TX




Girl Scout Camp at Llano Grande Lake
Weslaco, TX





Girl Scout Camp Louis Farr
BSA property
Merton, TX



Camp Lula Sams
donated 1954
an Earl C. Sams Foundation Project
5 miles from Brownsville, TX




Girl Scout Camp at Manley Williams Ranch


Girl Scout Camp at Marble Falls
near Austin, TX


Camp Martha Foster Madelely
Camp Martha Madeley
Camp Madelely
Conroe, TX
Martha Foster Madeley:  Feb 26, 1911-Oct 23, 1995
 

Girl Scout Camp at McAllen
McAllen, TX


Polio was the cause of great concern.


Camp Mira Sol
Camp Mirasol
Waring, TX
1950










Camp Misty Meadows
8082 North Frazier Rd
Conroe, TX
328 acres
Part of the Camp Agnes Arnold, Camp Misty Meadow and Camp Silver Springs: The Treelake Complex


Fire Ants!

 




Camp Mitre Peak
200 Mitre Peak Camp Road, Fort Davis, TX 
114 acres
1947


They nearly lost the camp in foreclosure!


Nice description of camp

Vintage newspaper image of Mitre Peak










Morrison Lodge

6113 Glenview Dr, Holtom City, TX
19 acres, Big Fossil Creek
Officially dedicated November 1, 1970
Named after John T. and Myrtle Ashley Morris






Google Maps













Camp Myra S. Pryor
Camp M.S. Pryor
Camp Pryor
1970
Myra Stafford Pryor (1863-1943) was the daughter of successful cattle rancher Robert Earl Stafford (of Stafford & Co.) and married Colonel Ike Thomas Pryor, noted "Texas Cattle Baron". She set up a trust in perpetuity in her will for charitable efforts. Over the years the local Girl Scout Council received some of those funds. I don't know if this camp was purchased and named after because of this trust, or the land was donated, 
nor have I found out if she was personally interested in Girl Scouting.
 The Myra S. Pryor Charitable Trust has a long history of being very generous.


Just an example of the long history of charitable giving.


Camp Oleana
Camp Oleanda
Camp Oleander
This camp suffered an identity crisis, the newspaper called it three different names, twice in the same article!






Girl Scout Camps on Padre Island


This camp was near Port Isabel


This campsite was on Padre Island, but doesn't say which island or where.



Girl Scout Camp in Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX


Peach Creek Ranch
Peach Creek Camp
1955-1990
no longer owned by Girl Scouts
 Peach Creek Group Camp at Lake Houston Wilderness Park







 



Girl Scout Camp Pioneer
Upper Valley area of El Paso, TX
Officially dedicated June 4, 1939




Girl Scout Camp at Raymond McElrath Ranch
Coleman, TX


Camp Rio Blanco
1114 FM 2591
east of Crosbyton, TX
1959
118 acres
According to findagrave.com:
J.S. Bridwell and his daughter, Margaret Bridwell Bowdie, gave the land to the Girl Scouts Caprock Council for a camp.
 The land was originally part of the Two Buckles Ranch owned by the Kentucky Cattle Raising Company.

Home of the famous "Lorax Lodge"

Is this plant still there?



Another example of a community organization
helping the Girl Scout Camp.


This is the first Girl Scout Camp I've found 
that offered synchronized swimming!

This USGS topographical map shows 2 graves at the camp, 
but apparently only one is marked - see below.
Google Maps


This grave of unknown resident(s) is near 
the Bridwell Lodge on Camp Rio Blanco.
Someone's Gold Award project involved
trying to discover who was buried there.
photos: Findagrave.com



Camp Robinwood
9877 Calvary Rd., Willis, TX
1940s
According to several sources, the land of Camp Robinwood was donated to the local Girl Scout Council by four of Houston's African American businessmen; Hobart Taylor - millionaire, successful in land and other investments, a rancher,
 and father of Hobart Taylor Jr. (who worked in both the JFK and LBJ Administrations.), Carter Wesley - Owner, publisher and editor of the Houston Informer andInformer Dallas Express newspapers and 
active in politics, J.H. Jemison (or Jamison) and A.C. Dupree (no further information found ). 
206 acres
New lodge built in the 1950s.






Camp Rocky Point
On the shore of Lake Texoma
1586 Hanna Dr., Denison, TX
1952
59.8 acres
Lease will not be renewed, land will return to the Dept. of Engineers.








Girl Scout Camp Rotary
Mineral Wells, TX
1953



Camp Shawandasse
Camp Fire Girls property
Mineral Wells area, TX


Camp Silverton
Silverton, TX
1950
Land donated to Girl Scouts by John T. Haynes


Camp Silver Springs
Treelake Complex (Camp Agnes Arnold, Camp Misty Meadows & Camp Silver Springs), Conroe, TX
131 acres semi-primitive



Camp Singing Hills
H.E.Butt Foundation Camp
near Leakey, TX
1956-57



Stevens Ranch
on the Brazos River, Nemo, TX
near Glen Rose, TX
300 acres 1967


Google Maps


Camp Stonewall Jackson
Holliday, TX






Sweetwater Girl Scout Camp
Lake Sweetwater, TX
BSA property


Camp Texlake
Spicewood, TX
Dedicated July 17, 1949
455 acres

Three views of Camp Texlake. Note how the water inlet (upper right area) has filled in over the years.

Construction website showing off some of it's work at Camp Texlake.



Camp Tejas
on Clear Lake, Webster, TX
80 acres
1929-1959
Not only did the Girl Scouts have a "Camp Tejas", so did the Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls and the Y-Club - all in different locations.
 On top of that, in 1971, the land that held the Girl Scout Camp Tejas was leased to the Boy Scouts.



The local Girl Scout council open up Camp Tejas to the Red Cross
for heat relief of girls.

Yet another lawsuit

Camp Timberlake
10685 Liberty School Road, Azle, TX 
Eagle Mountain Lake, TX
120 acres
1946


Girl Scout Friendships are long and true!



Google Maps

Camp Tonkawa
Girl Scout Camp at Camp Buffalo Gap
Lake Brownwood
Buffalo Gap, TX
Units: The Oaks, Cactus Junction, Cottontail Hollow, Whippoorwill Creek






Girl Scout Camp at Valley Christian Encampment
Valley Christian Layman's League property
12 miles south of San Benito, TX

What's worse - mosquitos or DDT?


Girl Scout Day Camp at Walker Carpenter Ranch
7 miles north of Nursery, TX

Can anyone explain why these Girl Scouts are using a 48 star flag in 1963?


Camp Whispering Cedars ( 1950s - current)
Camp Kiwanis ( 1924-1950s)
south of Dallas, TX



Google Maps



Camp Whispering Oaks
1729 West Sherman Drive, Aubrey, TX
Dedicated October 23, 1961
Closed October 29, 2011
30 acres

Boy Scouts helping to clear the land of the new camp.





The dedication was actually delayed by a day.



Fishing was often a favorite pastime at Girl Scout Camp.


Camp Whispering Pines
411 County Road 272
Garrison, TX
93 acres
Appears to have opened in the early 1970s.



Camp Wind-a-Mere

Camp Windamere
3102 McFarland, Alvin TX


Google Maps

Camp Wood Lake
Lake Brownwood State Park, TX
1956


Girl Scout Zilker Cabin
Zilker Park, Austin, TX

Girl Scout Zilker Cabin, not to be confused with the (Swedish) Cabin at Zilker Garden Center!
http://eu.apachecon.com

 

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