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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Boy Scouts of America has undergone many changes over the years but its focus remains the same -- leadership, character development and community engagement.
Jay Rosenlieb, president of the Southern Sierra Council of the Boys Scouts of America, said the Boy Scouts have had a positive impact on the country and he wants to keep that going.
"Character development is something schools try to do but scouting is really the best place for it as well as just learning life skills," Rosenlieb said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Jamie Butow, The Californian's community engagement coordinator, said that during a recent scout camping trip with her son, a first-year mom was telling others she had signed up her son for scouts because he didn't like to lose and when he did, he would shut down.
"My son used to be just like that and now, in his fourth year, he cheers on the boys that do get chosen and he's just a team player," Butow said.
Simulcast host Scott Cox asked Rosenlieb how long it took to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts.
Being an Eagle Scout himself, Rosenlieb said he couldn't think of an exact number of hours but said it involves an extensive service project that a scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.
Rosenlieb's project was a drug abuse prevention program that ran throughout Kern County, he said.
"You're teaching values that become part of their lives," Rosenlieb said. "There's a lifetime of dedication and commitment that comes from being a scout."