Joshua M. Lagerwall of Vestal, N.Y., the son of Glenn Lagerwall of Pittsfield and Eileen Mulcahy of Vestal, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony on May 23.
Lagerwall entered scouting at age 7 and worked his way up the ranks through Cub Scouts, entering Boy Scouts Troop 225 in April 2007. He earned 28 merit badges, spent over 100 nights camping, and held troop positions such as patrol leader, senior patrol leader, scribe, training instructor, and den chief.
His awards include the Arrow of Light, BSA Lifeguard, World Conservation, Year Round and Winter Camping Specialist, and in 2012 he was elected by his peers to the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow. In 2013, he was selected as Youth Trainer of the Year for the Hiawatha Scouting District encompassing central New York and part of Pennsylvania.
Lagerwall spent the last three summers at Camp Barton Scouting Camp outside of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y., instructing younger cub and boys scouts in swimming, lifesaving, first aid, water safety, small boat sailing, canoeing, and motor boating.
For his service project, he directed a team of 38 volunteers to mark over 150 storm drains in Vestal with metal placards that state, "No Dumping, Drains to River." Prior to the placement of the placards, he taught the crew and others, including the town supervisors, about the environmental hazards that enter waterways via storm drains. His efforts were aired on the local television stations.
Shortly after completing his requirements, in August 2013, Lagerwall departed for a six month student exchange in Eniwa, Japan.
He graduated from Vestal High School in June and will attend college in the fall.