Buffalo Trail Council continues to recruit young women for Scouts BSA


A simple change of a name and a major policy adjustment back in February broke barriers for young women looking to get into scouts. 

The newly named Scouts BSA welcomes boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17. 

Now, the local council is trying to get the word out. 

Doug Lunsford, the scouting coordinator for BTC, says many people are nervous about the change, due to misconceptions. 

“This is not co-ed. These girls are going to meet with theirs, boys are going to meet in theirs,” said Lunsford. 

BTC leaders say there will be strict rules that protect both parties. At this moment, they currently have two units made up of young women, one in Odessa and the other in Midland. 

Lunsford has been a part of the council for nearly 60 years. With his daughters and granddaughters being interested or involved with scouts, he says they are in the family business. 

“We have to not just be modern. That’s not the deal. Everybody should have the opportunity to be an Eagle Scout,” said Lunsford. 

An iconic rank that BTC Outreach Executive Liz Stowers is excited to see offered to girls. 

“I think there are so many possibilities and leadership positions. And I’m really excited to see what they can accomplish,” said Stowers. 

The council says they are planning to head to Snyder to speak to a group that is interested in creating a girl’s unit. They say it would be the first unit of any kind in the small town. 

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