BANGOR — Dr. Wellington “Wes” Estey, son of Lionel and Edith Lord of Bangor, was presented the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award at the Central Florida Council Recognition Banquet on June 10 in Orlando, Fla. Some 1,000 people were in attendance.
The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a new Boy Scouts of America Award being presented to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. Estey was one of three people in central Florida who was received the honor.
Estey, known as “Welly” and “Westy” as a youth, joined Boy Scout Troop 200 in Oakfield at age 11. During his six years with Troop 200, he served as a patrol leader, quartermaster and senior patrol leader, and was selected for the Order of the Arrow at Katahdin Area Council’s Camp Roosevelt in 1955 in Eddington.
He was a staff member for the summer 1956-1959 at Camp Roosevelt. He received the God and Country medal in 1956, and the Eagle Scout medal in 1958.
In high school, Wellington lettered in three sports, was president of his class and participated in drama productions and public speaking, receiving the Spear Medal for public speaking. He graduated with honors from Oakfield Community High School in 1960, and joined the U.S. Navy in pursuit of a career as a naval officer.
He has continued his affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America in every community that he has lived during his career as a naval reserve officer and college administrator. He served in several leadership positions, including being a BSA council board member and council commissioner in two councils, district commissioner and district chairman.
He has received awards from the Boy Scouts, U.S. Navy and higher education institutions, including the District Award of Merit, Distinguished Commissioner Award, James E. West Award, Silver Beaver Award, International Scouter Award, Community Service Award and the Hornaday Gold Badge Award.
Wellington has served on two National Jamboree staffs, including the 2010 Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, and taught and attended classes at Philmont, N.M. He is the recipient of three Wood Badge beads and has completed the Powder Horn and Sea Badge training courses. He created a Forest Service partnership in Florida, which resulted in 300 Scouts completing several conservation merit badges and getting 60,000 trees planted at the Ocala National Forest over a three-year period.
He designed one military patch and 59 BSA special activity patches for Pine Burr Area Council in Mississippi. In 2010, he designed a BSA patch for Central Florida Council to commemorate the BSA’s 100th anniversary and a special tribute to the BSA founder, Lord Baden Powell, who is buried in Kenya. Wellington’s design was painted on the side of the school building in Kenya.
Estey retired in 2004 as a Naval Reserve captain with 40 years of service, and in 2008 as vice president of Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Fla., with 40 years in higher education. He and wife Dora Mae live in Mount Dora, Fla., and have four children and nine grandchildren.