The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) proudly announces the recipients of the prestigious NESA Distinguished Service Award for 2023. The award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service during their long tenure supporting NESA.
About the NESA Distinguished Service Award
The NESA Distinguished Service Award was first established as a large plaque during 1976 and was awarded through 1988. Few people qualified for the award in subsequent years until 2020 when NESA renewed efforts to better acknowledge those who significantly contribute to the advancement of NESA primarily on a national scale. The award now consists of a medal suspended by a ribbon worn about the neck, with a certificate, pin and/or other devices.
Meet the 2023 Honorees:
John “Mac” McKenzie, affiliated with the W. D. Boyce Council and the Three Fires Council, served as Vice President of Program on the National NESA Committee from 1991 to 2008, demonstrating steadfast leadership for almost two decades. His notable contributions include the organization of NESA booths at seven National Jamborees, showcasing his commitment to promoting the principles of Scouting. Additionally, John holds the prestigious title of Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Edward A. Pease, affiliated with the Crossroads of America Council, has been actively engaged at the National Level for more than four decades, with a specific focus on Eagle Scouts within the Philmont Scout Association and the BSA Alumni Association. His leadership includes service as Chairman of the National OA Committee, showcasing a dedicated commitment to Scouting. Known for his unwavering assistance in any task, Ed chaired the new NESA selection committee during re-establishment of the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) in 2020.
Trevor P. Bormann, affiliated with the Golden Gate Area Council, played a pivotal role in the development of the NESA Communication Team at the national level, particularly during the challenging times posed by COVID-19. His leadership and support initiatives improved national NESA communications and outreach. Trevor also actively leads a NESA committee, and promotes NESA at various local councils, contributing to the organization’s nationwide presence.
Ross Arnold, affiliated with the Greater Los Angeles Area Council, first engaged with NESA in 1990 by joining his Council NESA Committee. Since 2010, he has served as director and contributor to NESA Jamboree exhibits, showcasing his commitment to Scouting. Ross currently leads NESA and Alumni in NST 3, further exemplifying his dedication to the organization.
Steve Silbiger, affiliated with the Circle Ten Council, exhibited unwavering commitment to NESA at several Jamborees and NOACs, where he actively represented and managed NESA exhibits at these significant events since 2010. His impactful efforts have significantly contributed to NESA’s outreach, providing exposure to national audiences while reinforcing the organization’s mission.
Previous recipients can be viewed on the NESA Distinguished Service Award Recipients page.
Each person selected demonstrated unwavering dedication to the principles of Scouting, showcasing exceptional leadership while promoting the values of NESA and contributing to the broader Scouting community. Congratulations to the 2023 NESA Distinguished Service Award recipients!