Jayhawk Area Boy Scout Council Names Governor Brownback Distinguished Citizen

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TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Each year the Boy Scouts Of America Jayhawk Area Council honors a leader who represents what scouting is all about.

Governor Sam Brownback accepted the Distinguished Citizen award at the ceremony at the Ramada Inn Downtown Wednesday night.

The Jayhawk Area Council and a committee of past honorees narrowed down the candidates and asked Brownback if he would accept the award.

The committee looks for people who exemplify the 12 characteristics of the scout oath: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent; and who keeps his duty to God, country and self.

Governor Brownback said he is honored the committee would choose to commend his services and said he supports the scouts because of how it forms character and builds culture.

"Boy Scouts is such a wonderful organization for years, helping millions. They're such a prominent organization because they really do produce great kids that become men and that serve the community."

His involvement in Boy Scouts proved him a worthy candidate to the committee.

"Governor Brownback has been a good friend of scouting," Chief Executive Officer of the Jayhawk Area Council Wayne Pancoast said. "He has helped us in a number of areas, he's been a speaker at past events, he's lended his support wherever he could. His kids have been in scouting, so it's a scouting family."

Security Benefit sponsored the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Dinner.

Several speakers talked about why Brownback was the best choice and a local Eagle Scout shared his experiences in the scouts and how it positively affected his life.

13's Ralph Hipp was the dinner emcee.