Frederick Bedell Jr.

As grand knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911, I had the proud honor to present to four young boys an Eagle Scout certificates from the Knights of Columbus.

The Eagle Scout Court of Honor took place at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The boys, or should I now call them young men, achieved the highest honor in the Boy Scouts, which is Eagle Scout.

These young men are as followers: Nicholas Chang, Douglas Yim, Bailey Lin and Michael Campese of Troop #153. These young men are dedicated to their various houses of worship and also to their community and to good works of charity.

I know for a fact because they helped my council and me run two blood drives a year and with their Scout leaders we have found their help immeasurable.

I myself was a Boy Scout 50 years ago and had found it quite rewarding. My good friend Harry Weymer and I had belonged to Boy Scout Troop #114 in Queens Village in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

We had numerous camping trips and collected funds for, toys and food for the needy. My friend Harry is struggling with brain cancer but still remembers the times we had in the Boy Scouts and how it instilled in us what was important for us to became compassionate and responsible adults.

I think this is a great organization to belong to for a young boy, for it teaches good morals, charity to others and good citizenship.

So parents everywhere please consider enrolling your son into the Boy Scouts and you would be glad that you did.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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