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Who We Are | Contact Us | Holidays | Our Purpose | Our Program
Our Board | Our Staff | Council History | Jurisdiction
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"Iíve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world,"
an excited Juliette Gordon Low ("Daisy") announced to a friend on a March evening in 1912.
The Girl Scouts became a reality that very year.

Who We Are
The  Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Council is one of 318 Girl Scout councils in the United States, and one of 19 councils serving girls in Texas.  Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. is the largest all-female serving organization in the world,  currently serving over 3 million members.

Contact Us

Cross Timbers Council Service Center
   4000 West University Drive
   Denton, TX 76207

   940.243.1314 (metro)
   877.664.1220 (toll free)
   940.243.0435 (fax)

Hours of Operation:
   Monday through Friday
   9am - 5pm
Cross Timbers Council Sherman Satellite Office
   817 North Travis
   Sherman, TX 75092

   903.868.9910 (main)
   903.868.9841 (fax)

Hours of Operation:
  Mondays - 9am - 5pm
    Wednesdays - 9am - 5pm
    Thursday - 12pm - 7pm


Girl Scout About (Denton Shop)

Girl Scout About North (Sherman Shop)

Girl Scout About Town (Traveling Shop)
Call Lucia for Service Unit Meeting Schedule

See Retail Page for 
further shop details and
Shop Hours of Operation 

The Cross Timbers Council Service Center and Council Store will be closed in 2001 and 2002 in observance of the following holidays and staff meetings:

  • Labor Day (September 1-3, 2001)
  • Thanksgiving (November 21-24, 2001)
  • Winter Holiday (December 22, 2001 - January 6, 2002)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 19-21, 2002)
  • President's Day (February 16-18, 2002
  • Staff Retreats (November 12-13, 2001 & June 18-19, 2002)
  • Memorial Day (May 25-27, 2002)
  • Independence Day (July 4, 2002)

Our Purpose
The council is dedicated to helping girls develop self-potential and self-esteem; relate to others; develop values to give meaning and direction to their lives; and to contribute to the betterment of society through individual and troop service.

Our Program
Is a continuous adventure in learning that offers every girl a broad range of activities, addressing both her current interests and her future role as a woman.  Through activities that stimulate self discovery, girls are introduced to the excitement in the areas of science, arts, out-of-doors, well-being and people.  Girls grow in skill and self-confidence.  They have fun, they make new friends, and through meaningful community service they acquire understanding about themselves and others.

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Our Board
Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Council functions under the Corporate Planning Management System.  Frequently, people ask how corporate planning differs from other planning systems.  All planning is designed to provide a coordinated process for defining the long-range future of Girl Scouting, the specific expectation for yearly achievement, as well as the details in carrying out plans.

The Board of Directors and the groups serving the Board are responsible for goal formulation, giving overall direction to the process, approving the budget, and the council's organizational performance review.  Operational volunteers, under the direction of the CEO/Executive Director and employed staff, are responsible for developing yearly operation objectives, detailed plans for carrying them out, implementation, and individual performance appraisals.

As a Board of Directors carries out its key responsibility for setting direction, reviewing, and appraising performance, it seeks assistance from policy-influencing groups, i.e., board committees, and associations.  The mission in Girl Scouting is clearly the focal point for corporate planning, and this process provides a direct link between commitment to Girl Scout beliefs and commitment to long-range and short-term plans.

Patrick Adams ( Finance Committee Chair)
Johnny Britton

Lorenzo Davis
Kathryn Hicks
Fonda R. Huneycutt
Mary Ann Kelley
Curtis Mahaffey
Denise Perez
Horst Poethke (Strategic Planning Committee Chair)
Jean Ellen Rogers
Sandra Stengele (Girl Member-at-large)
Willy Tennant
Davina Tomlinson
Gretchen Zelle (Girl Member-at-large)

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Our Staff
Cross Timbers Council employs a staff of qualified and diverse individuals to serve the more than 7,000 members of the Cross Timbers council.  The council staff spends their time providing information and developing the tools necessary for volunteer administrative staff to open the door of Girl Scouting to all girls.

The Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Council Staff

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Council History
Cross Timbers Council was chartered in 1956, Cross Timbers is the name early settlers gave to a strip of land that was a belt of trees running from Central Texas to South Central Oklahoma.  

The first recorded reference to Cross Timbers was a letter to Croix dated April 1778 and described the area as "a refuge, difficult to cross.  A pathless thicket of trees, mostly post and blackjack oak."

After his famous prairie tour in 1832, Washing Irving described traveling through the curious stunted forest of heavy brush, briars and scrub oak known as Cross Timbers as "like struggling through a forest of cast iron."  An early government publication called the area "uninhabitable to may or beast."

Cross Timbers played a most important role in both the economic and ethnic factors of the region it penetrates.  It serves as an almost impenetrable barrier between Indian Territory and the Western Plans Indian tribe.  Different tribes tried to burn it out, cowboys coming up the Chisholm Trail cussed it and tried to avoid it, sod busters attempted to wipe it out with axes and plows.  Despite the encroachment of civilization, the barrier has never been completely erased.  Hence the beginnings of what we know today as the Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Council.

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The Council's jurisdiction includes the Counties of Cooke, Denton, Grayson, Montague, and Wise.  Cross Timbers Council serves more than 7,000 members in the five county area.

Owned and/or operated by the council are:

  • Camp Whispering Oaks:  This heavily wooded, hilly 30 acres of land, is completely fenced and has abundant plant life; much representative of the Cross Timbers legend.  The camp is used primarily for Troop Camping and Day Camping.  The Troop House has facilities, platform tents, primitive unit and picnic areas ready for troop use.
  • Camp Kadohadacho (Camp K): A true camper's paradise.  This primitive campsite is situated on the waterfront of Lake Texoma.  150 acres of lush nature, waiting to stimulate troops with a true sense of the responsibility to conserve the natural world and it's ecological system.  Beware;  Though this camp has platform tents, an archery range, an amphitheater, canoes and bath facilities, it is definitely not for the faint at heart.


The Girl Scouts Cross Timbers Council, in recognition of its responsibility to its volunteers, its staff and the girls it serves, and in keeping with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.'s emphasis on pluralism, reaffirms its policy to ensure equal treatment in all its practices, to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, creed, handicap, national origin or socioeconomic status.

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We will soon include full maps and directions to the council office, store, and camps.
(Please check back here for this information)

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Famous Girl Scouts
Since 1912, nearly 50 million women in the United States have been members of Girl Scouting. It's no surprise, then, that many of those young girls went on to become accomplished professionals in a variety of fields. Girl Scouting lays the foundation for a solid future. Girls are offered a splendid opportunity to develop their leadership abilities, polish their problem-solving and critical thinking skills and learn how to function as team players.

Many women who are leaders in their fields credit Girl Scouting with helping them build the set of skills that paved their road to success. In fact, GSUSA commissioned Louis Harris and Associates to see if there was a link between Girl Scout membership and later career achievements. Using Who's Who in American Women as a source, 473 women were surveyed. Of that number, 64 percent said that they had belonged to the Girl Scouts. Today, these women are distinguished professionals, representing such fields as medicine, law, journalism, education, science, politics and finance.

Famous Former Girl Scouts
Below is just a small sampling of famous former Girl Scouts.

Tamara Jernigan, NASA Astronaut:
"One thing Girl Scouting did for me was encourage my natural curiosity. They foster that curiosity, they give you the opportunity to learn about new things and all
              that goes into reinforcing the natural instinct to learn about the world around you."

Susan Taylor, editor-in-chief of Essence magazine:
"My daughter and I both were Girl Scouts, and it's open to all who share its values."

Carol Moseley-Braun, U.S. Senator:
When asked what she got out of Girl Scouting, the senator replied, "The whole idea of having a duty and a responsibility and caring about nature." She also said, "Believe in yourself and believe in your
             dreams. It's not just what is, but what you think ought to be that's important."

And the list goes on...
Marion Anderson
, Singer
Sarah Louise Arnold, Dean of Simmons College
Martina Arroyo, Soprano
Lucille Ball, Actress
Carol Bellamy, Politician
Candace Bergen, Actress
Polly Bergen, Actress
Veronica Biggins, Assistant to President Clinton
Dr. Joyce Brothers, Doctor/Writer
Erma Bombeck, Writer
Margaret Bourke-White, Photographer
Donna Caponi, Golfer
Rosalyn Carter, Former First Lady
Peggy Cass, Actress
Susie Chaffe, Skier
Linda Chavez-Thompson, Executive Vice-President, AFL-CIO
Joie Chen, CNN Reporter
Kitty Carlisle, Actress
Martha Layne Collins, Governor
Katie Couric, TV News Anchor
Chris Curle, WSB-TV News Anchor
Diana Davis, WSB-TV Health Reporter
Sandra Dee, Actress
Bette Davis, Actress
Jan Davis, Astronaut
Elizabeth Dole, Former head of the Red Cross
Jocelyn Dorsey, WSB-TV Public Service Director
Virginia Edwards, Editor, Education Week, and President, Editorial Projects in Education
Joy Fawcett, 1999 US Women's World Cup Team
Millicent Fenwick, Senator
Geraldine Ferraro, Politician
Pam Fields, Mrs. Fields Bakery
Dr. Anna Fisher, Astronaut
Carrie Fisher, Actress
Peggy Fleming, Skater
Marie Gaudette, Writer/Songwriter/Poet
Phyllis George, Actress
Linda Goodman, Astrologer
Ella Grasso, Governor
Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist
Dorothy Hamill, Skater
Elizabeth Harris, Former First Lady of Georgia
Helen Hays, Actress
Phyllis Heller, President, Buckhead Publishing
Celeste Holm, Actress
Lou Henry Hoover, Former First Lady
Tamara Jernigan, NASA astronaut
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Gold Medalist
Nancy Kassenbaum, Senator
Monica Kaufman, WSB-TV News Anchor
Grace Kelly, Actress/Princess
Ethel Kennedy, Matriarch of Political Family
Martha Keyes, Politician
Jean Kirkpatrick, Politician
Ann Landers, Advice Columnist
Dorothy Lamour, Actress
Shari Lewis, Puppeteer
Nancy Lopez, Golfer
Shannon Macmillan, 1999 US Women's World Cup Team
Christa McAuliffe, Teacher/Astronaut
Natalie Merchant, Musician
Barbara Mikulski, U. S. Senator from Maryland
Patsy Mink, Politician
Carol Moseley-Braun, U.S. Senator
Mary Tyler Moore, Actress
Minnie Mouse, Actress
Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Former President's Daughter
Pat Nixon, Former First Lady
Trisha Nixon Cox, Former President's Daughter
Jessye Norman, Opera Singer
Deborah Norville, TV News Anchor
Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice
Betsy Palmer, Actress
Jane Pauley, TV News Anchor
Dixie Lee Ray, Governor
Nancy Reagan, Former First Lady
Janet Reno, U.S. Attorney General
Judy Resnick, Astronaut
Debbie Reynolds, Actress
Dr. Sally Ride, Astronaut
Cathy Rigby, Olympic Gymnast and TV Commentator
Pat Schroder, Politician
Dr. Gloria Scott, Educator
Dr. Rhea Siddon, Astronaut
Dinah Shore, Actress
Samantha Smith, Girl Ambassador
Le Nett Stanley, State Representative, Fulton County
Gloria Steinem, Editor/Author/Women's Rights Activist
Kathy Sullivan, Astronaut
Catherine Switzer, TV Sports Reporter
Susan Taylor, editor-in-chief, Essence magazine
Shirley Temple Black, Actress/Ambassador/CampFire Girl
Marlo Thomas, Actress
Cheryl Tiegs, Model
Abigail Van Buren, Advice Columnist
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Former First Lady
Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Senior Correspondent, CNN

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