Celebrating Excellence: Steve Channell - NESA Honorary Scoutmaster of the Year

Every once in a while, someone comes along who embodies the true spirit of scouting, demonstrating unwavering dedication, leadership, and mentorship that impacts generations of young individuals. Today, we have the privilege of celebrating one such exceptional individual – Steve Channell. The Muskingum Valley Council NESA Committee is delighted to announce Steve Channell as the NESA Honorary Scoutmaster of the Class 2022 Eagle Scouts. From his early days as a Cub Scout to his inspiring tenure as Scoutmaster, Steve’s contributions have left an indelible mark on the scouting community.

A Lifetime of Scouting: A Journey Begins

In 1963, a young Steve Channell began his adventure in Scouting when he joined a Cub Scout pack in Athens. Fueling his passion for adventure and character development, Steve continued his journey and joined Troop 524 in Cambridge in 1966, ultimately achieving the rank of Life Scout. His early experiences in scouting sowed the seeds of lifelong dedication, shaping the leader he would later become.

The Leader Within: Nurturing Future Generations

Steve’s involvement with Troop 524 did not end with achieving Life Scout. For 14 years, he served as a leader, guiding and inspiring scouts along their paths to excellence. His passion for mentoring and molding young minds remained unparalleled as he dedicated countless hours to the betterment of the scouting movement.

A Return to Scouting: A Father's Love

In 1990, when his own son was ready to embark on his scouting journey, Steve found himself drawn back to the Scouting community. He became a Den Leader with Pack 510, instilling in young scouts the same values he had embraced years before. His genuine enthusiasm for the scouting program and his dedication to helping young boys grow into responsible men shone through.

Rising through the Ranks: From Assistant Scoutmaster to Scoutmaster

Five years later, in 1995, Steve advanced his role and became an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 510. His experiences as a Den Leader and Assistant Scoutmaster served as the perfect foundation for his eventual appointment as Scoutmaster of Troop 510 in 2000. As Scoutmaster, Steve became an exemplary figure, guiding and mentoring numerous scouts, leaving an indelible impact on each of their lives.

Building Tomorrow's Leaders: 33 Eagle Scouts and Counting

One of Steve’s most remarkable achievements has been his instrumental role in guiding young scouts towards achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. Under his guidance, an astounding 33 scouts earned this coveted rank, a testament to Steve’s commitment to instilling leadership, character, and perseverance in the hearts of those he mentored.

Recognizing Excellence: A Trail of Awards

Steve’s contributions to Scouting have not gone unnoticed. Over the years, he has been recognized with numerous awards for his exceptional service, including:

1. The Silver Beaver Award: An esteemed recognition for distinguished service within the scouting community.

2. The District Award of Merit: Acknowledging his exceptional contributions at the district level.

3. Scouter of the Year: Celebrating his commitment and dedication to the scouting movement.

4. The OA Founder’s Award: Bestowed for outstanding service to the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.

5. The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award: Recognizing his outstanding leadership and service in the scouting fraternity.

6. The Herb Dilley Hall of Fame: An accolade celebrating those who have made a significant impact on the Muskingum Valley Council.

7. The River Trails Foundation Stone Award: An honor recognizing his support of District Leadership to keep the Scouting program going.

An Inspirational Talk: The 2023 Eagle Summit

As we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class 2022 Eagle Scouts, we invite you to join us at the 2023 Eagle Summit to hear Steve Channell’s inspiring talk. His journey from a young Cub Scout to an NESA Honorary Scoutmaster is a tale of dedication, perseverance, and the transformative power of scouting. We can all learn valuable lessons from his experiences and insights.

Event Details

– Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023

– Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM, program starts at 6:30 PM

– Location: VFW Post 1058, 1318 Putnam Ave, Zanesville, Ohio 43701


The 2022 Eagles and Summit Awardees of the Muskingum Valley Council are free for the event. For family, friends, Scouts, Scouters, alumni, and supporters, the ticket price is $20. This event is open to all who wish to join us in congratulating the Muskingum Valley Council NESA Honorary Scoutmaster Steve Channell. To secure your spot at the 2023 Eagle Summit, please register at the following link:


In Conclusion

Steve Channell’s remarkable journey in Scouting embodies the true spirit of what it means to be a leader, mentor, and inspiration to others. His tireless efforts have molded the lives of countless young individuals, instilling in them the values of scouting that will stay with them throughout their lives. Let us come together to celebrate Steve Channell’s achievements and express our heartfelt gratitude for his unwavering dedication to the Scouting community. Join us at the 2023 Eagle Summit as we honor and congratulate this exceptional individual.