NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - Court of Honor

Since ancient times, nations, rulers, and organizations have recognized with visible symbols of honor, persons who have given meritorious service and risen to high levels of personal achievement or demonstrated high ideals.

Perhaps the best known of these honors are the British Order of the Garter and the Knights of the Bath, the French Legion of Honor, and, in the United States of America, the Medal of Honor for military gallantry and, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for civilian national, public or cultural service.

The Boy Scouts of America also so recognizes those men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and who have subsequently distinguished  themselves and have made significant contributions to its programs and ideals.   

This recognition is the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award also known as the NOESA

The NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award cannot be sought...Introduced in 2011, the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is bestowed on Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local or regional level in their careers, vocations, or avocations by the National Eagle Scout Association.

To date, less than 400 NOESA awards have been presented by the BSA. 

To obtain an application to nominate an individual click here for an application form.

Below are the NOESA Awards that have been presented to Eagle Scouts in the Laurel Highlands Council.

George F. Cahill - Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
George Cahill earned his Eagle Award in 1941 in West Lafayette, Indiana.   Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Army Aircorps and flew 28 missions in a B-17 over Germany as a Bombardier. 

George joined the BSA as a professional in 1949 serving as a District Executive in Milwaukee, WI and subsequently as the Director of Field Service in Cincinnati, OH and New York, NY.  He came to Pittsburgh when he was named the Scout Executive of the Allegheny Council in 1961 and oversaw the merger that created the Allegheny Trails Council.  He retired in 1976.

During his tenure in Scouting, George was an influential force in program development of Scouting literature pertaining to the patrol method.  His work with “Green Bar” Bill Hillcourt was tested in Wood Badge and NJLT programs.   George led the process of creating Flag Plaza with Vivian Lehman providing the resources in honor of her late husband, past Council President Chester Lehman.  George was also instrumental in providing a savings incentive plan for the Council’s professional staff through the creation of the William K. Fitch Savings plan.  He was an innovator by placing the First National Supply Service Scout Shop in a Council Service Center.

In 1976, George served as the President of the National Flag Foundation which he created in 1968 to serve our Nation.  While leading the National Flag Foundation, he also served as the editor and publisher of a wide spectrum of inspirational, educational, and patriotic flag related books, flyers, pamphlets and promotions.  George retired from the National Flag Foundation in 1994.

George has served on the boards of St. Clair Hospital, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, American Humanitcs, Inc, and the Laurel Highlands Council.

Steve Dewick - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015

Steve Dewick earned his Eagle award in in 1967 as a member of Troop 236 in Pittsburgh.  Steve has continued his service to youth through Scouting through his entire adult life:

  • Locally, he has served as a scoutmaster, district chairman, council vice president for program, and council commissioner. 
  • Steve played a major role in the implementation of the Greater Pittsburgh/Penn’s Woods merger, leading the integration of nine camping properties into the new council.
  • He has been a trusted advisor to Scout Executives Bob Mazucca, Alf Tuggle, and Mike Surbaugh.
  • Regionally, he has served Scouting as an Area Vice President and has served on the Area camp visitation team for twenty years.
  • Nationally, Steve has served on the Philmont visitation/inspection team and has served on the regional staff at four national jamborees.

Steve has worked for Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, one of the region’s leading law firms, for over forty years as Docket Control Coordinator.  In his community, he has been an active member of Holy Innocents church since 1970.  He headed the Community Cleanup Campaign in Sheraden, Pennsylvania and organized a major tree planting and stream cleanup operation along Chartiers Creek. Active in youth sports, Steve has worked with youth teams in soccer, basketball and hockey.

Steve’s Scouting honors include the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a Vigil Honor member or the Order of the Arrow and has received the Founders Award.

Joseph O. Elwell, Jr. - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015

Joe Elwell earned his Eagle award in 1963 as a member of Troop 84 in Cape May, NJ  Essex Council.  Joe has continued his service to youth through Scouting through his entire adult life:

While in the South Jersey Council as a youth in the Order of the Arrow, he completed his Ordeal in 1962. He sealed his Brotherhood in 1963, and his completed his Vigil in 1965 where he was awarded his Vigil honor name Pendamen, meaning Understanding One.


Joe studied at the University of Akron in 1969-1972, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.   After graduating, Joe joined the US Army Corp of Engineers where he held various positions during his 41 year career.


While working for the Corp, Joe also also earned an MBA in Management in 1985 at the University of Akron. He also served in the US Army Reserves for 20 years.  Joe retired from the Corp as the Chief of Construction in the US Army Corps of Engineers – Pittsburgh Division.  After retiring from Corps of Engineers, Joe started Elwell’s Engineers & Surveyors.


He has held several positions in the Order of the Arrow. In the Enda Lechauhanna Lodge he held the Commissary position from 2000-2003, The Associate Adviser in 2003-2007, and the Lodge Adviser from 2007-2011. In the Allohak Menewi Lodge he served as Conclave and NOAC advisor from 2011-2015, and currently holds the position of NOAC advisor. In 2012, he was awarded the Founders Award and in 2003, he was awarded the Silver Acorn and lastly in 2015, he was awarded the Centurion Award. 


Joe is still very active in Scouting, he has attended multiple NOACs since 1965, he has attended multiple Conclaves, as well as participating in Arrow Corp, Summit Corp, and Indian Summers. Joe has also taken multiple training courses in NLS, NLATS and Philmont Lodge Advisor Training. In the Laurel Highlands Council, he also holds multiple positions as Council Honorary member, Advisory Council member, Scouting for Food Coordinator and lastly a district member at large for Mon Valley.


Joe is currently married to his beautiful wife, Linda and has been married for forty three years.  His son Adam followed in his father’s footsteps and also received his Eagle on October 12, 2002. As of today, Joe is a current member of Speers United Methodist Church in Charleroi, Pa.

Honorable Norman A. Krumenacker, III - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Norm Krumenacker traces his roots in Scouting back to when he became a Tenderfoot at age 12 with the former Troop 11 at Westmont Presbyterian Church.  He rose through the ranks and eventually became an Eagle Scout in 1972 as a member of Troop 217 in Johnstown, PA.  He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow in 1969.  

Following High School graduation, Norm attended Waynesburg College as an undergraduate, and earned his J. D. from the University of Richmond.  Following graduation, Norm went in to private practice in the Johnstown and Ebensburg, PA area.  In 1991 he was appointed to the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas by then Governor Robert P. Casey, a position he still fills today.

As an adult, Norm has been an assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 217 in Johnstown, and a District Commissioner and a District Chairman for the Keystone District.  He was a member of the Penn’s Woods Council Board of Directors for many years, having served two terms as Council President.  Today he is a member of the Laurel Highlands Council Board of Directors.

In addition, Norm has been an active member of both the Northeast Region Board of Directors, and the Area IV committee.  He served for two years as Area President and has held various positions on the Board of the Northeast Region.  Norm has been active with high adventures and Jamborees, having served on the staff of three national jamborees.

Judge Krumenacker was awarded the Keystone District, Penn’s Woods Council Award of Merit in 1997, and the Penn’s Woods Council Silver Beaver in 1994.  In 2008 he was awarded the Silver Antelope by the Northeast Region of the BSA.  The 2003 Penn’s Woods Eagle Class was named in his honor.
Norm enjoys the outdoors, and spends his spare time hunting, fishing and camping.  He worships at the Westmont Church of the Brethern.

James B. Richard - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Jim Richard earned his Eagle Award with bronze palm in 1945 while a member of Troop 22 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.  

As a youth he served on the Camp Twin Echo summer camp staff and was the Lodge Chief of the East Boroughs Council Anicus Lodge.  

As an adult, Jim continued his service to Scouting as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 22 and served as Assistant Scoutmasters for the 1947 and 1951 World Jamborees and the 1950 Valley Forge National Jamboree.

As a professional, Jim was the owner of James B. Richard Services, an accounting firm, practiced for over 45 years retiring in 1993.  Jim served as the Wilkinsburg Borough/School District Tax Collector for more than 3 decades and served as a Wilkinsburg District Justice.

Jim’s Scouting honors include Vigil Honor – Order of the Arrow, Scoutmaster’s Key, Silver Beaver and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award.  He has served as a member of the Laurel Highlands Council board (and its predecessor councils) since 1959.  Jim has been a member of the council’s Scoutreach committee, as well as the finance, audit and investment committees.  He has also served as the assistant council treasurer.   Both of Jim’s sons also earned their Eagle Scout rank.

Outside of Scouting, Jim is a member of the South Avenue United Methodist Church where he has served on the church’s administrative board. Jim is a past Vice President of Kiwanis International; has served as treasurer for both the Wilkinsburg School District and the Wilkinsburg Branch of the NAACP and President of the Wilkinsburg Chamber of Commerce.
Charles R. Schrankel - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Chuck Schrankel earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1949, and continued in Scouting to earn palms and spend two years on the staff of Camp Gorton in the Steuben Area Council in New York.  He continued his Scouting while a Cadet at West Point as a member of the Scoutmasters Council and an Explorer Advisor for on post Explorer Scouts.  His adult Scouting career began in earnest in 1970 when he moved to Pittsburgh.

During his time in Pittsburgh, Chuck has had numerous jobs in Scouting including: Cubmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee member, District Membership Chairman, Council Day Camp Chairman, Council Activities Chairman, Seneca District Chairman, Council Commissioner (8 years), Council VP Program, Council Executive Committee, Council Board of Directors (28 years).  Chuck has also served as the Council Chairman for the Good Turn for America program.

Chuck has also served the council in several ad hoc positions.  He directed the South Park operations for 3 Scout Expos, chaired the program section for 2 strategic plans, worked on the Heritage Reservation building project in several areas and participated in the opening ceremony.

Chuck oversaw and participated in many Friends of Scouting and Scouting for Food campaigns.

After working with a group of minority Scouters to craft the mission statement for Urban Scouting, Mr. Schrankel went into and spoke in urban churches and meetings to seek adult leadership for urban Scouting units.  He was one of the first in the country to teach orienteering to Boy Scouts, and the first in the Pittsburgh area to incorporate R.O.T.C unit training into Scout troop activities.  Chuck has earned his Wood Badge beads and received the Silver Beaver.

Chuck continues to be active in church, professional, community, and alumni activities.  As the W. PA Field Force Admissions Coordinator for West Point, he started a sub organization that focused on preparing minority students with opportunities for appointment to any of the service academies.  He has supplied the New Castle City Rescue Mission with donations and considerable materials for their summer camp.

While owning and operating a company that manufactured roof coatings and waterproofing coatings, he adhered to his Scouting principles and respected clean air, earth, and water and was contacted by other businesses that needed advice when they were faced with potentially adverse environmental situations

Paul Wain - National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award - 2015
Paul Wain earned his Eagle Award in 1974 while a member of Troop 329 in the Seneca District of what is now known as the Laurel Highlands Council, Pennsylvania. 

Paul is employed by the Troop's chartering organization, Memorial Park Church of Allison Park, PA. He is the Assistant Youth Director, working with staff and volunteers to disciple Junior and Senior High students as followers of Jesus. Paul is also the church's "Safety and Security Director."  In addition to his work with the church, Paul is has been a Patrol Officer with the Franklin Park Borough Police Department since 1988.

In addition to his vocations, Paul has shown outstanding leadership as the Assistant Chief of the Peebles Volunteer Fire Department. 

Paul has had an accomplished career as a Scout and as a Scouter. He has been providing leadership to his troop, the Seneca District and the Laurel Highlands Council for more than 25 years.  This includes event involvement in planning and participating in local Camporees , Philmont Expeditions, and National Jamborees.  Within Troop 329, Paul has served many positions, most notably as the Troop's Scoutmaster for the last 20 years. Beyond his Troop, he has served is a merit badge counselor, a District Committee Member of the Seneca District, and a Council Executive Board Member.

Outside of Scouting, Paul is an active member of Memorial Park Church where he's not only employed, but he engages his duty to God through regular worship attendance and involvement with Men's Ministry functions.