NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA)

The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) established the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award during the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010.

Popularly known by its acronym, “NOESA,” the award recognizes Eagle Scouts notable for their local, state, regional, or national distinguished service who do not yet meet more stringent nomination requirements for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (DESA).

Candidates for the NOESA have inspired others through their positive actions reflected by recognized accomplishments and devotion to their profession, hobby, community, and beliefs. Previous recipients include authors, explorers, television personalities, military flag officers, scientists, medical doctors, government officials, prominent business people, and entrepreneurs.

Nominations are determined by the local council NESA committee, Scout Executive, and council president. In rare cases, the National NESA Committee may originate nominations.

Each recipient’s record of service and accomplishments should elevate the public stature and reputation of Eagle Scouts.



  • 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. 
  • There is no specific timeline required to qualify for this award after earning the Eagle Rank. Therefore, in extremely rare cases, it is possible that a truly outstanding youth, such as an Olympic athlete, may be eligible for selection.    
  • The nominating council should retain details regarding actions and accomplishments that led to the nominee’s consideration for the award.

Nomination Process

  1. Download the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award nomination form and fill it out with all required information.

  2. Once the nomination form has been completed, it should be submitted to the Dan Beard ESA either electronically or send to:

    Dan Beard Eagle Scout Association
    Attention: Awards (NOESA)
    10078 Reading Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45241

    Submission Deadline: April 15, 2024

NOESA Recipients 2023

NOESA Recipients 2023

Beryl Love

Beryl started his Scouting career in the Dan Beard Council. He is known for his scout spirit, passion for scouting, and willingness to have fun.

Beryl ended up in Reno, NV, for work. He stopped by the Council Office and offered his services where he was immediately placed in a Philmont Crew – allowing the youth to have enough leaders to participate! After Beryl’s son, William, was old enough to join scouting, Beryl served as a Den Leader and Cubmaster, in Virginia where he made his home.

Most recently, Beryl and William came back to Cincinnati where he immediately joined Troop 674 in Montgomery. Since the moment he joined, Beryl has been a force for good! Every moment he’s working with the troop he brings spirit, joy, and enthusiasm. Beryl does an amazing job working with scouts. He asks good questions, pushes them to be better, and just has a great time.

Beryl Love is the Editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is also Gannett’s VP of News and Regional Editor (USA Today Network). His presence on a local and regional scale is impressive!

Wayne Kalkwarf

Wayne Kalkwarf started his Scouting career in 1969. Since that time, he has earned his Eagle Scout, traveled to eight national events, and earned accolades in every volunteer position he has held. He is a recipient of the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal for Service to Conservation, often called the hardest award in Scouting.

Over the years, Wayne has served in the Hoosier Trails, George Rogers Clark, Miami Valley, and Dan Beard Councils in various positions, and currently serves as part of the council’s Commissioner Corps.

Wayne has a long career serving as an employee of the Federal Judiciary, working for five judges over his years of service to our country. During his career, he has published numerous articles, including one that was related to Scouts BSA in 2021.

John Morris Russell

John Morris Russell is synonymous with excitement for students in the Cincinnati Youth Orchestra, and he is the biggest advocate for the Symphony Orchestra’s Nouveau Program, which engages students from age 6 to 18. He also created a collaborative concert with students from all over the area where young people gain a better bond with other students.

As music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, John fostered a decade of artistic growth and invigorated the musical life of the Windsor-Essex region. A former colleague described him as an enthusiastic “wind-up toy”.

The “Sound Discoveries” series John developed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is an international model for educational concerts. While in Windsor, he crafted two new concert series, Peanut Butter n’ Jam and Family Jamboree, specifically for youth and families.

He has been presented with many awards in his storied career, including being the first recipient of the Arts Leadership Award from the Windsor Endowment for the Arts.

Maestro Russell serves as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has also led orchestras all over the world.

Doug Siebenburgen

Doug has frequently been called the “Scoutiest of Scouters”. He has served Scouting and the Dan Beard Council enthusiastically and proudly.

Doug has served the council in too many positions to count and currently serves as the Council Commissioner. He is a true servant leader. He is amazing at recruiting new volunteers to help, setting up the vision for volunteers he leads, producing new ideas, and always having a positive attitude.

Beyond Doug’s Council leadership, he is still involved and connected with his local Troop. Doug is also a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. He is the owner and manager of Apple Spice, an organization specializing in box lunch delivery and corporate catering. In his company, he uses lessons of Scouting to develop his staff. Doug also services his church as the Traditional Worship Producer.

NOESA Recipients 2023 – Awarded on 6/02/2024

Charlie Garrison

Charlie Garrison

Charlie is a corporate inventor, innovator, and technical problem solver, and a former US Army officer. He has been instrumental in improving engineering processes for several Cincinnati businesses, most notably Procter & Gamble, where he increased production of Pringles and developed a method for making bar soap that disproved 50 years of technical literature and saved the company millions of dollars. He has been heavily involved in the BSA for 62 years, and has been the Dan Beard Council Property Chair for more than 6 years, responsible for maintenance, operations, and construction. His dedication to youth mission work, Scouting and the Cincinnati community is admirable.

George Glover

George Glover

George is managing director for Focused Capital Solutions, LLC in Cincinnati and has been a member of the Dan Beard Council Board of Directors for ten years. He has designed and implemented many political action committees and grassroots programs in our community, spearheading several transportation projects in the region. George has also been instrumental in recruiting donors and increasing fundraising success for the Dan Beard Council. His passion for making a difference in our community and Scouting are limitless.

Douglas Watts

Doug Watts

Doug is CEO of Metalworking Group and a member of The Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership (AMIP) in Southwest Ohio. His commitment to manufacturing, schools and students has led to an improvement in workforce shortages in Ohio and increased career paths for local high school students. His dedication and commitment to the Cincinnati community crosses many organizations from helping students and senior citizens to our community’s most needy. Doug embodies the Eagle Scout spirit..

Andy Zahn

Andy Zahn

Andy is currently the Scout Executive/CEO for the Dan Beard Boy Scout Council in Cincinnati. He is an inspirational mentor and leader who is highly engaged with Scouting in our community. He is also active in several organizations that focus on community betterment and a commitment to the Cincinnati region. His dedication and leadership are immeasurable.

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NOESA Recipients in Dan Beard Council


  • Wayne Kalkwarf – Longtime Scouter and retired employee of the Federal Judiciary
  • Beryl Love – Editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett’s VP of News, and Regional Editor for the USA Today Network
  • John Morris Russell – Serves as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra
  • Doug Siebenburgen – The “Scoutiest of Scouters” and owner of Apple Spice


  • Jon Robert Beeson – Retired Executive with Procter & Gamble; Past Council Commissioner
  • Donald B. Bush – Retired Cincinnati Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers; Past Council Board Chair
  • Mike Schneider – Chief People Officer at Baker Concrete Construction; Longtime Council Board Member


  • Charles F. Hertlein, Jr. – Retired Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl; Longtime Council Board Member
  • John F. Poston III – Retired Executive with AT&T; 80+ year Scouting Veteran
  • John S. Stith – Partner at Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Longtime Council Board Member


  • Jason Combs – VP at the E.W. Scripps Company
  • William Rachford, Jr. – Mayor of Alexandria, Kentucky
  • Edgar L. Smith, Jr. – Chairman & CEO of WorldPac Paper
  • Robert (Bob) Taylor – National Audit Practice Leader and Partnership Board Member at Grant Thornton


  • Doug Bolton – Market Leader of Cushman & Wakefield
  • Colin Groth – Director of Innovation and Improvement at StriveTogether
  • George Carl Lude – Longtime Scouter
  • Dave Olmstead – Founder of Behind the Scenes Productions
  • Matt Scherocman – President of Interlink Cloud Advisors


  • Paul Alexander – Offensive Line Coach and Assistant Head Coach of Cincinnati Bengals
  • William B. Cyr – CEO of Sunny Delight
  • Joseph T. Schneider – Founder of Spirit Seminars


  • Rob Braun – Anchor of Local 12 News
  • Joe Combs – Principal Consultant with Systems Evolution Inc.
  • John A. Kraeutler – CEO of Meridian Bioscience

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