Michelle Bedell, who has dedicated many hours to volunteering for Boy Scouts over the past decade, reviews some troop records June 11 in her dining room. For her years of dedication to scouting and accompanying enthusiasm, Bedell has been named the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce’s “V.I.P. of 2012.”
Michelle Bedell and her husband Scott smiled and reminisced as they reviewed photographs this week that depict Michelle’s lengthy career with the local Boy Scouts organization.
Their smiles were particularly broad as they looked at pictures of Michelle being congratulated by fellow scout leaders as she was inducted June 9 into the Order of the Arrow — an honor society within Boy Scouts.
This week, Michelle Bedell is to receive community-wide recognition for her scouting accomplishments and leadership.
Bedell, who has devoted countless volunteer hours to the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, has been named “V.I.P. of 2012” by the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce.
She will be honored by Chamber officials at an awards dinner Thursday June 14.
Officials of both the scout organizations and the Chamber have praised Bedell , noting that her devotion to developing character in boys — as well as providing them with lasting memories — is exemplary.
Bedell started in 2011 as a Cubmaster and den leader when her children, Lance and Kurt, were involved in the local organization.
Following her boys up through the ranks, Bedell was named committee chair for Troop 231, based on her enthusiasm and the leadership she demonstrated. About a year later, committee chair for Troop 100. Both troops are situated in Warrensburg.
The last several years, Bedell and her husband Scott have served as mentor/leaders at the regional Boy Scouts’ Camp Wakpominee, following a two-year stint as Archery instructor.
Among her accomplishments have been to promote local scouts’ community involvement, whether it was decorating the town bandstand for the holidays, organizing spring and fall cleanup campaigns at Double H Hole in the Woods Camp, or raking lawns for local elderly homeowners.
june Beers, parent of a scout, talked this week about how Bedell had a profound influence on her son Dennison. Beers said Bedell gave Dennison the instruction and encouragement he needed, whether it was mentoring on fundraising or coaching him on overcoming a challenge.
Bedell personally went up on a suspended rope, she said, to help Dennison overcome his fear of heights. She also coached him in salesmanship to enable him to sell $6,900 of popcorn in scout fundraisers.
“Michelle has given Dennis such wonderful encouragement and support,” Beers said.
Asked about her awards and accomplishments, Bedell — with a sparkle in her eyes — modestly deferred credit to others.
“I feel very blessed, very fortunate,” she said with an engaging smile. “I get to see the kids experience so many things for the first time and I’ve watched them grow up. Not every parent gets to do this.”