NESA and NOESA: Celebrating Eagle Scouts!

by Ed Crompton

National Eagle Scout Association

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) attempts to bring Eagles back to scouting and to strengthen Scouting by using their familiarity with the program and their skills learned when they were a scout. For over 50 years, NESA has been giving Eagle Scouts a purpose—because as every Eagle is reminded their Scouting journey did not end at Eagle; it merely became a lifelong commitment to service, leadership, and community.

The NESA organization promotes Eagle Scout accomplishments and celebrates Scouting spirit.  NESA also tries to connects Eagles with opportunities to continue the time-honored traditions of Scouting they learned and to showcase Eagles who are current leaders who have used their Scout Oath and Law to be responsible and participating citizens.

Think how many trained, scout experienced Eagles are out there who contribute every day to our country.

NESA History

At its beginning Boy Scouts of America showed slow growth because of the lack of leaders. The adults that stared the program left and many older youths were not continuing in scouting.

One attempt to rectify this loss of senior scouts was begun by a California council in 1925 when they started a group called the Knights of Dunamis. These group was to be a group of Eagle Scouts devoted to service and provide continuing leadership for Scouting.

The Knights of Dunamis was based on the ancient Knights of the Round Table and their obligation to honor their country and service to fellow man. This first chapter established in California drew Eagles to the group and kept their interest in the Scouting program so other Councils formed their own Knights of Dunamis and by 1929 a national board was established.

By 1971 the organization was flourishing but the knight theme and rituals were drawing some of the scouts away from the groups original purpose. Eventually the national board of the Knights of Dunamis voted to dissolve so it could merge with Boy Scouts of America and become the National Eagle Association (NESA).

Ever since NESA has been tasked with identifying Eagle Scouts and to guide them to service in the local councils.

NESA has several awards to recognize Eagles:

The Distinguished Eagle scout Award (DESA)

In 1969 NESA established the DESA to recognize Eagles with a minimum of 25 years as an Eagle Scout and have made a name for themselves in the business or professional world on a national or regional level. This award is given by NESA upon the recommendation of the council NESA committee and with the approval of a committee of Distinguished Eagle Scouts.

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA)

The NOESA is for recognition of achievement or service at a more local level. The NOESA was started in 2010 to commemorate Scouting’s 100th year will be granted by the councils NESA committee. NOESA recipients inspire others through their positive actions, demonstrating excellence in their chosen professions, hobbies, community service, and adherence to religious beliefs.

On May 16, 2024, Pete Motel and Stuart Watson III were presented the NOESA award for their extensive contributions to Scouting and the community.  

Pete Motel

Pete Motel’s journey as a servant leader within the scouting community and beyond is a testament to his unwavering dedication to youth development and community service. As a recipient of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, Pete’s contributions to scouting, education, and healthcare exemplify the values of leadership, integrity, and selflessness.

Pete’s involvement in scouting spans decades, beginning with his service on the Horseshoe Scout Reservation Camp Staff and continuing through his tenure as the Scoutmaster of Great Valley Troop 106 for an impressive 18 years. His commitment to guiding and mentoring young scouts extended beyond his own troop when his son Nathan joined Troop 78, where Pete served as a Committee Member and later as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

In addition to his role in troop leadership, Pete is an active Vigil member of OA Octoraro Lodge #22, embodying the principles of brotherhood and service within the Order of the Arrow. His dedication to scouting leadership led him to serve on the Council Executive Committee and ultimately as the Council President of the Chester County Council, where he provided steadfast leadership during challenging times, including navigating a global pandemic, addressing child abuse cases, and managing financial crises.

Outside of scouting, Pete’s impact extends to education and healthcare. He served as a School Board Director and later as School Board President of the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, contributing to the district’s recognition as one of the best in Pennsylvania. Professionally, as a dermatologist owning his own practice, Pete is esteemed by his patients and staff alike for his dedication, expertise, and compassion, even navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep his practice running and his staff employed.

Pete’s leadership style is characterized by humility, integrity, and a genuine commitment to service. He leads by example, consistently prioritizing the mission of scouting and the well-being of those he serves. His collaborative approach, coupled with his ability to make and defend difficult decisions, has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and colleagues.

In every aspect of his life, Pete Motel embodies the principles of scouting, serving as a shining example of the impact one individual can have on the lives of others. His dedication to the scouting movement, education, and healthcare is an inspiration to all who have the privilege of knowing him. Pete’s contributions to scouting and his community are deserving of the highest recognition, and his legacy of service will continue to inspire generations to come.

Stuart Watson

Stuart Watson’s dedication to scouting and service has left an indelible mark on the Chester County Council and beyond. As a recipient of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, Stuart’s commitment to the values of scouting and his contributions to the community are truly exemplary.

Stuart’s journey in scouting began as a youth, where he served multiple years on the Horseshoe Scout Reservation Camp Staff, laying the foundation for his lifelong dedication to the scouting movement. His passion for scouting only grew stronger over the years, leading him to become an Eagle Scout Alumnus of the Chester County Council and a Merit Badge Counselor, where he mentored countless young scouts on their path to achieving their goals.

Throughout his tenure, Stuart has held various leadership roles within the council, including serving as a Council Associate Member, Council Board Member, and Council Executive Board Member. His commitment to the scouting community extends to his role as the District Commissioner and a District Member-at-Large for Horseshoe Trail District, where he tirelessly works to ensure the success and growth of scouting in the area.

Stuart’s involvement in scouting goes beyond administrative roles; he is actively engaged in troop activities, serving as a Committee Member for Troop 73 alongside his grandson. His dedication to service is further evidenced by his long-standing support of the “Muddy River Gang,” a group of volunteers dedicated to enhancing the camping experience for scouts.

As a member of OA Octoraro Lodge 22, Stuart plays a vital role as the Projects Advisor and the Short Term Camping Administrator, embodying the spirit of brotherhood and service that defines the Order of the Arrow.

Outside of scouting, Stuart’s professional career at the University of Penn spanned an impressive 45 years, culminating in his retirement as the Associate Director of Research. His expertise in grant submission and his role as a liaison between investigators and national sponsoring agencies highlights his commitment to excellence and efficiency in all endeavors.

Stuart’s passion for the environment and native trees is evident in his personal endeavors, where he has planted numerous trees on his property, contributing to the preservation of natural habitats.

A lifelong learner and avid enthusiast of new projects, Stuart Watson’s impact on scouting and his community is immeasurable. His unwavering dedication to service and his commitment to the values of scouting make him a truly deserving recipient of the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.

The Glenn and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the year (ESSPY) Award.

The ESSPY recognizes an Eagle Scout for their leadership and service provided by their project. Each Eagle Scout, or their parents, or any registered scout (with the Eagle Scouts consent) may submit an Eagle Scouts leadership project to the Council NESA committee by January 21. The Eagle Scouts Board of Review must have been in the past calendar year. The nomination submission must include a filled out one page award application and a complete digital copy of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook that was submitted for the Eagles Board of Review.

The council chooses one Eagle Scout project from all of the council nominations. The council nominations compete at the Regional level and each region selects a Regional winner. Then the National Glenn and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the year award is selected from the Regional winners.