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.