2023 Muskingum Valley Council NESA National Outstanding Eagle Scout AWard

The Muskingum Valley Council NESA Committee takes great pride and pleasure in announcing the recipient of the NESA National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA) to Scoutmaster of Troop 520 George Payton!
Who are NOESA’s? 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.
George William Payton is an Eagle Scout Class of 1983. George earned his Eagle Scout in Muskingum Valley Council with Troop 542 of Byesville, Ohio. In George’s Scouting career, he has held many positions and has demonstrated excellence within those positions. Currently for Scouts, BSA he is the Scoutmaster for Troop 520 of the First Christian Church of Cambridge, Ohio, at the District level he is the Northern District Advancement Chair for River Trails District, and is a NRA Range Safety. Former positions held are District Vice Committee Chair, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 542 of Byesville, Ohio, Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 536 of Senecaville, Ohio, and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 704 of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 2019, George earned the Scouters Key and completed Wood Badge Class #C4-467-18 ticket. In the Order of the Arrow, George is a Lifetime Member of the Order of the Arrow, he is a Vigil Honor Member earned in 1986, served as the Assistant Chapter Advisor from 2019-2021, and is currently the Chapter Advisor.
Outside of Scouting, George is a member of the Moose Lodge #631, ELKS Lodge #448, Byesville VFW Post #3760, Life Member of the NRA, and a Wounded Warrior Project Alumni. In addition to George’s exceptional Scouting career and his excellence in community volunteerism, he is also an accomplished scholar, skilled professional, and owns a distinguished record of service in the United States Army.
As a scholar, in 2001 George graduated from Zane State College with two Associates Degrees with a 3.853 GPA that earned him Magna Cum Laude Honors. In 2015, he graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a 3.649 GPA earning him Cum Laude Honors. George also received the National Collegiate Minority Leadership Award and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. At both Zane State and Ohio University, George made the Honors List multiple times.
In addition to maintaining a career in the federal government where he is a subject matter expert as a Claims Representative! George is also a decorated Veteran with an outstanding record of military service. George left the service as Sergeant First Class (E7), he was Airborne earning the Parachutist Badge, the Parachute Rigger Badge, Expert Pistol Qualification Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal With “M” Device, Numeral 2 and / 20 Year Device Silver Hourglass, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal W/ Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (3rd Award), and Army Service Ribbon.
For his exceptional Scouting career, his excellence in community volunteerism, his being an accomplished scholar, skilled professional, and distinguished military service that the Muskingum Valley Council NESA Committee proudly announces Eagle Scout George William Payton for the NOESA as he continues to live his life by the Scout Law, Oath, Motto, and Slogan. George has and continues to embody the Eagle Scout
Charge since earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulation George Payton!!!
Please join us at the 2023 Eagle Summit as we celebrate Eagle Scout George Payton, Wednesday, August 9, 2023, Doors open at 6:00pm with program starting at 6:30pm at the VFW Post 1058, 1318 Putnam Ave, Zanesville, Ohio 43701!
Class of 2022 Eagles and Summit Awardees of the Muskingum Valley Council are free, $20 for family, friends, Scouts, Scouters, alumni, and supporters.
This event is open to all to congratulate George Payton.
You can register at the following link:
Congratulations Eagle Scout George Payton!