NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

Honoring Eagle Scouts at the local, state or region Level

Eagle Scouts do amazing things …​

The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) was established during the BSA’s 100th Anniversary in 2010 with the first recipient to receive the award a year later. The award was created to recognize notable Eagle Scouts who had either performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level or who were known nationally, but had not yet met the 25-year tenure as an Eagle for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Often, worthy candidates for the NOESA have inspired others through their actions and have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families.

The NOESA has gained prominent standing among Scouting recognitions. Previous recipients include famous authors, explorers, television personalities, military flag officers, scientists, government officials, and prominent businessmen.

The selection of recipients is made by the local council NESA committee (which may utilize a NESA awards sub-committee), Scout executive, and council president. Each recipient’s actions and accomplishments should elevate the stature of Eagle Scouts in the public eye. Therefore, not all nominations are acted upon, and a substantial percentage of nominations are declined.

Our goal with the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is to recognize Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a significant impact and have inspired others closer to home. – Glenn Adams, Vice-President of the National Eagle Scout Association

How to get the award

  • The nominee must be an Eagle Scout in good standing with the Boy Scouts of America and must either be registered with or have their primary residence within the boundaries of the nominating council.
  • No length of time is required to have passed since earning the Eagle Rank.
  • The council should retain the actions and accomplishments that led the nominee to be considered for the award, although it is not required to include with the nomination form submitted to the National Eagle Scout Association.
  • Nominations must be sent to the National Eagle Scout Association by the council (an individual may not submit the form) for consideration. Those selected will be added to the list of NESA Outstanding Eagle Scouts, quarterly.

Special considerations

  • Each council NESA committee may present two NOESA honors per year, with the option of awarding an additional NOESA for every 100 Eagle Scout Awards or fraction thereof in excess of 100 awards certified the previous year. Unused quotas will be forfeited in the following year.
  • The nominee should not be informed of the nomination, and presentation should not be scheduled until NESA has returned the NOESA credentials to the council.
  • Approval is based on the date the application is received by the National Eagle Scout Association.
  • The award may be presented at a meeting of the recipient’s peers or a Scouting function. Presentation should be made within the council submitting the nomination and, whenever possible, by a previous recipient of the award. It is appropriate that the award is presented as part of a fundraising activity.
  • Upon verification and receipt of the nomination, the National Eagle Scout Association will return a laser-printed NOESA certificate to the Scout executive. Please allow two to four weeks for turnaround time.


Supply item description and uniform placement

Certificate; Blue ribbon with medal; Outstanding Eagle device worn on Eagle Scout knot; Outstanding Eagle lapel pinb

Supply/Bin item no.

Certificate, knot device, lapel pin, ribbon with medal (614640). Extra lapel pins and devices available for purchase at

Call the National Supply Group Main Number 1-800-323-0732 to purchase ribbon with medal.

More information

The presentation of the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award to a prominent citizen in your community provides an excellent opportunity to focus attention on Scouting, as well as on the recipient. The presentation should be planned to achieve maximum publicity and visibility.

Since the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is not presented at a Scouting function, it is important that the council cooperate in full with the local community or business association to which the recipient belongs and through which the presentation will be made.

This is an award presented by a local council. Presentation should be made at a meeting or dinner with the recipient’s peers. The presentation should be dignified and the main focus of the event. It should not be tied on to another program such as a Silver Beaver dinner.

Plans should be made well in advance for public relations coverage including trade or professional print media.

Following are elements the ceremony should include:
  • Inspirational, patriotic opening.
  • Explanation of the award.
  • Introduction of special or honored guests.
  • Recognition of the recipient’s family members present.
  • Pointing out the recipient’s contributions to the community, his educational, professional/vocational background, and how he has distinguished himself.
  • Presentation of the medal by a distinguished Eagle Scout (if available).
  • Response by recipient.
  • Inspirational closing.

Samples press release


Local Scout Receives Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

(CITY/TOWN, DATE)—(NAME) has been awarded the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award upon nomination by the (COUNCIL NAME) Council and the Boy Scouts of America. This award is granted to Eagle Scouts who, have distinguished themselves in their life work and who have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.

(NAME) has distinguished himself through his career as a(n) (CAREER NAME/FIELD) and through his continued service to God, his country, and other people by following the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. He has met community service needs through his voluntary actions.

(PROVIDE SPECIFIC DETAILS OF ACCOMPLISHMENT) The National Eagle Scout Association Committee, under the direction of Alumni Relations at the Boy Scouts of America’s national office, selects the recipients of this award.

The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was implemented in 2010 in conjunction with the Boy Scout of America’s 100th anniversary. Only the local council of the Eagle Scout’s primary residence may nominate. Nominations may not be made for posthumous awards.

Sample NESA presentation script


The trail of the Eagle Scout is never over, but from time to time, we do pause on the trail for a very special tribute. We are privileged today to be presenting the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. This prestigious honor is given to an Eagle Scout who has uncommonly demonstrated his commitment to making our community a better place to live, and to achieving career and life success. It is rarely presented.

We are privileged tonight to have an opportunity to bestow this special award to one of our own. The recipient will join the ranks of some well-known Eagle Scouts—only eight men have been so honored from our council. They are listed in your program, but we are blessed to have two of them here with us tonight. It is my honor to introduce to you distinguished Eagle Scouts Jack Jadel and Dr. Robert Bonow.


Douglass T. Biesel became an Eagle Scout on December 6, 1972. As you will read in our program tonight, Admiral Biesel has distinguished himself and brought honor to Scouting and the U.S. Navy with his warmth and care as a very visible public figure, and with his career achievements. He is, indeed, a role model for all Scouts—and all Eagle Scouts. Will council president John Landgraf and council Scout executive and CEO John Mosby please escort Admiral Biesel and Mrs. Biesel to the stage?

[Landgraf and Mosby walk Admiral Biesel and his wife to the stage.]

We are proud to convene this National Court of Honor at this time, and so I call on my fellow distinguished Eagle Scout Jack Jadel to begin the award ceremony.


Thank you, Bob.

By the authority given to me by the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, I now declare this court of honor to be open and in session. It is my special privilege to present a resolution from the National Eagle Scout Association.

Whereas, Douglass T. Biesel earned the rank of EAGLE SCOUT as a member of the Boy Scouts of America 36 years ago, on December 6,1972; and

Whereas, as an Eagle Scout he has continued to serve God, his country, and other people by following the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law; and

Whereas, he has achieved distinction as a naval officer; and Whereas, he has given distinguished service to his community and nation as rear admiral, U.S. Navy; commander, Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Washington; first commanding officer, Kitsap Naval Base, Maine. He completed sea assignments aboard USS Lapon, USS Michigan, USS Annapolis, and a command tour aboard the USS Philadelphia, during which time the ship was awarded the Commander, Submarine Squadron 12 Battle Efficiency “E” Ribbon and Meritorious Unit Commendation. Rear Admiral Biesel is a recipient of the defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous personal and unit awards. He has volunteered service to the community as a member of the Kitsap County Chamber of Commerce, Washington member of the Economic Development Council, Kitsap County, and served the youth of his community as a member of the Kitsap County Board of Education, and as a volunteer through the Boy Scouts of America; and having received numerous awards and recognitions; and

Now, therefore, in recognition of these and other achievements and the desire of the Boy Scouts of America, upon nomination of the Northeast Illinois Council, the honor and rank of OUTSTANDING EAGLE SCOUT is awarded to and conferred on Rear Admiral Douglass T. Biesel.

[Landgraf puts the medal around Biesel’s neck.]

[Mosby presents a floral bouquet to Mrs. Biesel.]

[Jadel and Bonow lead applause.]

[All return to their seats except Rear Admiral Biesel; he exits the stage and stands near Jim Neubaum.]


Earned the rank of
Eagle Scout

As a member of the Boy Scouts of America ____ years ago, on ______________ ; and
WHEREAS, as an Eagle Scout, he has continued to serve God, his country, and other people by following the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law; and
WHEREAS he has achieved distinction as and
WHEREAS he has given distinguished service to his community and nation as
Therefore, be it RESOLVED, that in recognition of these and other achievements and the desire of the Boy Scouts of America, upon nomination of the _____________Council acting on behalf of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, ____________
the honor of Distinguished Eagle Scout is awarded to and conferred upon him, ______________ in , _________________, this day of ______________ .
In testimony whereof, the Boy Scouts of America and the National Eagle Scout Association have caused this commemorative document to be signed by its officers and its corporate seal to be hereunto affixed.

NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Recipients

Listed Alphabetically by Council