NESA Awards and Recognitions

NOESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA)


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.


The nominations are submitted to and selected by the local council’s NESA Committee. 

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.

Application can be downloaded by clicking here.

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA)


Established to acknowledge Eagle Scouts who have received extraordinary international or national-level recognition, fame, or demonstrated eminence within their career field or avocation, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community. It is NESA’s highest honor.

Only Eagle Scouts who earned the Eagle Scout rank a minimum of 25 years previously are eligible for nomination.


The nominations are submitted to National with the approval of the Council NESA Chair, Council President, and Scout Executive. Nominations will be granted or rejected by a National DSA selection Task force.

Application can be downloaded by clicking here. 

NESA Distinguished Service Award (NESA DSA)


This award is given to recognize those who have given extraordinary leadership and service to NESA resulting in a significant impact on a national or regional level. It is given for dedicated service over a period of years to NESA, promotion and reengagement of Eagle Scouts and young people earning rank of Eagle Scouts. It is for lengthy national or regional NESA/Eagle Scout service and not a distinguished citizen or person of the year award.


Presented only once a year, at the BSA National Annual Meeting. There are only a few given each year with a maximum of 5 except the first year where 10 may be given

Applications must be submitted by Oct 31st of each year.

Application can be downloaded by clicking here.

Scouting Alumni Service Commemoration - 25, 50, & 75 Years of Service

Those of us who live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law understand the impor­tance of Scouting. We became Scouting volunteers because we believe in the character-building experience that the Scouting Movement provides youth. BSA Alumni Association has developed a commemorative medallion to celebrate the years of service provided by Scouting Alumni.

This Commemoration serves to recognize Scouting Alumni for service to youth via their community, their profession, their religion, and other youth-serving or­ganizations, as well as to Scouting. This is not an award per se, but rather a rec­ognition of service. Thus, there are no forms, no record keeping, no signatures or review and no approval. It represents and celebrates the good deeds of recipients, the contributions that take many different forms: serving in national, regional, council, district or unit capacities, supporting the movement through financial do­nations or donations in-kind; and living an exemplary life guided by the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Calculating years of service is on the “On my honor” sys­tem and begins when one first enters the Scouting program as a youth or an adult.

Because of the deep impact of Scouting, this commemoration recognizes that duty and service to others by recipients is based in part on training, experience and challenges that Scouting provides. This very special medallion, features the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden Powell and service to youth.

The idea behind this tribute is to allow units, districts or councils to present them in a public setting, but without a formal process. Presentations should be simple, with honor, respect and dignity.

The medallion is accompanied by a lapel pin and certificate for 25, 50 and 75 years of service.

  • 25 Years Bronze (Back shown)
  • 50 Years Gold (Shown)
  • 75 Years Silver

Room to engrave a name, years of service or other special information on the obverse.

For more information and ordering details please click here.

For more information on BSA Alumni Association and how to join please click here.