The Boy Scouts of America have a long history of teaching young boys to be proper community and charity-minded young men. These young men will be the leaders of tomorrow.
I myself belonged to Cub Scout Troop 343 in Glen Oaks, Boy Scout Troop 114 in Queens Village, and an Explorer in Troop 92.
As a member of Troop 92, I served with my cousin Ronald Moyne and friend David Duffy and we found ourselves in trouble from time to time. I guess we were a bunch of wise guys.
We had a really great Scout leader in Mr. Blickenstaff, who cared about all of us, but at the time we didn't realize it. He taught us about camping, hiking and the importance in helping each other in times of stress or trouble.
We also learned that we needed to help those in our communities. Today, I'm Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council 5911 in Douglaston. I organize two blood drives with help from the Boy Scouts of Troop 153.
These young men and their leaders are dedicated to the principles and ideas of the Boy Scouts, which is to serve God and country. They also promote citizenship, personal fitness and service to the community.
I salute the Boy Scouts of American for all that they do.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village