On May 19, 1972 the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America authorized the formation of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), with the express purpose of bringing together Eagle Scouts of all ages so that they might be of greater service to their local councils, their communities, and themselves. NESA is young men searching for dynamic and challenging leadership roles, and older Eagle Scouts who desire using their efforts and influence toward forming the kind of young men America needs for leadership. The objective of NESA is to serve Eagle Scouts and through them, the entire movement of Scouting.
NESA encourages councils to form a local NESA committee, whose primary objective is to guide Eagle Scouts of all ages into service within the local council. The Blue Grass Council’s NESA committee is known as Blue Grass NESA. Its purpose is to support the council’s mission and vision, to help the council achieve its Journey to Excellence goals, and to find and encourage Eagle Scouts to become active resources for the council’s leadership and programs.
Please nominate fellow Scouters for the awards listed below:
THE GLEN A. AND MELINDA W. ADAMS
NATIONAL EAGLE SCOUT
“SERVICE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD”
In 2010, the National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (NESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by a Scout to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity. The award recognizes the Scout for his Eagle Scout service project, which is part of the requirements for earning the Eagle Scout Award. Each local council will choose a council-level winner, and from that pool, each region will pick a region-level winner. A national winner then will be selected from the four regional finalists.
Past Recipients of NESSPY – BGC Award Recipients
2010 – Nathan V
2011 – Charles R, Jr
2012 – Jeremy L
2013 – William R
2014 – Matthew W
2015 – Not Selected Yet
BLUE GRASS COUNCIL
“EXCEPTIONAL EAGLE SCOUT AWARD”
The Blue Grass Council Exceptional Eagle Scout Award (EESA) was established in 2015 to recognize Eagle Scouts within the council who have distinguished themselves through continued service to others. The award (formerly known as the Blue Grass Council Outstanding Eagle Scout Award), has been given annually since 2004 by the Blue Grass Council NESA Committee to one deserving youth and adult. The award may not be granted posthumously.
Past Recipients of the Blue Grass Council “Exceptional Eagle Scout Award” (EESA)
(Formerly known as the BGC Outstanding Eagle Scout Award)
2004 – Sam Dick
2004 – David Dick
2005 – Harry Richart
2005 – James E. Humphrey, Jr
2006 – None Given
2007 – George Hendricks
2007 – Robert Mudd
2008 – Dan Miller
2008 – Steve Ritter
2009 – Alan Watts
2009 – George Wilson
2010 – Herbert D. Sledd
2010 – Dr. George M. Gumbert, Jr
2011 – Joseph L. Fink III
2011 – Lt. Col. Todd Ewing
2012 – Brigadier General John W. Heltzel
2013 – John G. Prather, Jr
2014 – Dr. James D. Hill
“NESA OUTSTANDING EAGLE SCOUT AWARD”
The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) was established in 2011 as a prestigious recognition granted by the local council’s NESA committee to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state, or regional level. Unlike the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, which is a national award, the NOESA recognizes Eagle Scouts whose efforts have made a positive impact closer to home. The award may not be granted posthumously.
Past Recipients of the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA)
2012 – Michael G. Strother
2014 – Vinson Alan Watts
2014 – Steve E. Ritter
2015 – Don Combs III
2015 – Tom Dupree
2015 – Brigadier General John W. Heltzel
“DISTINGUISHED EAGLE SCOUT AWARD”
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award is the National Eagle Scout Association’s highest recognition. The award was established in 1969 to recognize Eagle Scouts who, after 25 years or longer of having received the Eagle Scout Award, have reached the highest national level of success in their field. In addition, these recipients have demonstrated a strong record of volunteer leadership service to their community. All DESA nominations must be made through the candidate’s local council with approval by the council’s NESA committee. The award may not be granted posthumously.