National Eagle Scout Association

National Eagle Scout Association
National Eagle Scout Association
National Eagle Scout Association
Owner Boy Scouts of America
Country United States
Founded 1972
National Director Bill Steele
National President Glenn Adams
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The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA, pronounced nee sah) is an organization of men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. NESA's stated purpose is "to serve Eagle Scouts and, through them, the entire movement of Scouting."



The Knights of Dunamis was an honor society of Eagle Scouts founded in San Francisco, California on April 19, 1925 by Scout Executive Raymond O. Hanson. The Knights of Dunamis, named after the Greek power or spirit. served as a service organization for local Scout councils and also hosted occasional social events. To gain admittance to the Knights of Dunamis (KD), the Eagle Scout had to participate in a large or significant service project, in addition to the one that the Scout had to perform to gain his Eagle Scout award. The Knights awarded a special honor of their own, the Knights Eagle Award. For about forty years after its founding, the national leadership of the Boy Scouts of America had an ambivalent attitude toward the Knights. In 1972 the Knights of Dunamis was merged into the BSA and became the National Eagle Scout Association.


Membership is available on a yearly or lifetime basis to all Eagle Scouts. NESA cross-checks applications to ensure all applicants are Eagle Scouts. The Eagletter is a quarterly magazine published by NESA that helps keep its members informed of NESA activities and functions.

NESA administers several scholarships for Eagle Scouts. As of January 2006, these scholarships ranged from $1000–$48000. Specific requirements vary for each scholarship, but all require the recipient to be an Eagle Scout. Membership in NESA is not required to be a scholarship recipient.

NESA also administers nominations for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award as well as the NESA Scoutmaster Award of Merit, which is an award introduced in 1973 for those Scoutmasters who have provided exceptional promotion of, and leadership to, the Scouting advancement program in general and exemplary development of Eagles in particular.

Eagle Scout NESA life membership knot

In 2008, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) introduced a knot recognizing those Eagle Scouts who are life members of NESA; it uses the standard Eagle Scout square knot emblem with a silver border.

Steve Fossett, the renowned aviator, was President of NESA at the time of his death. Fossett went missing in early September 2007 when he was traveling by plane from William Barron Hilton's Flying M Ranch, approximately 60 miles southeast of Carson City, Nev., toward Bishop (Inyo County).[1], but was declared legally dead by a Cook County, Illinois judge on February 15, 2008. Following Fossett's death, Glenn Adams became president of NESA.[2]


Certain cities and Councils have created local NESA Chapters. Chapters allow a group of Eagle Scouts in an area to get together for social and service opportunities.

For instance, NESA Chicago is the NESA chapter in Chicago which plans the Chicago Area Council's annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner for new Eagle Scouts in the council as well as recognition of distinguished Eagle Scouts in the Chicago metropolitan area. NESA Chicago has also sponsored a Chicago White Sox outing, a visit to Brookfield Zoo and participates in various service projects such as Scouting for Food and Merit Badge Universities. NESA Chicago also assists the Chicago Area Council in its Scouting Alumni outreach efforts and plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America in 2010. In addition, NESA Chicago helps connect Eagle Scouts in the Chicago area and coordinate service projects on-line through a stand-alone website, a Facebook page and a LinkedIn Group.

Another chapter is NESA Crossroads in Indianapolis covering central Indiana. This group recently organized and invites Eagle Scouts in the Crossroads Council to join.


  1. ^ McLellan, Dennis (February 16, 2008). "Missing since September, Fossett is declared dead". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "President's Journal". National Eagle Scout Association. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 

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