I’m usually not one to keep records about my personal scout history, but based on some questions asked and on Craig Murray’s own personal scouting history page, I decided to create my own page and do my best to keep it up to date.  It might also help me find where I’m spending all of my time…

Christopher Lange

Major Scouting Awards or Recognitions: Arrow of Light; Eagle Scout; Vigil Honor, Order of the Arrow; Wood Badge; Powder Horn

Youth

As a youth, I started in Pack 44, Trinity Lutheran Church (later moved to the United Methodist Church) in Riverton, Wyoming.

After spending quite a bit of time being a pain to my Den Chiefs and Cubmaster, I eventually completed the Arrow of Light and moved on to Troop 44, Riverton, Wyoming, which had just started moving to the United Methodist Church.  This move was rather nice, as I was a member of the United Methodist Church, so I continued in my ways by abusing the facilities in the name of (good) name scouting.

I was fortunate in my Scoutmasters in that both of them, Bob Esser and Steve Peay, put up with me.  To this day I remember the Introduction of Eagle Scout Candidate Speech that Mr. Esser gave for me in 1997.

At my first Scoutmasters Conference for Tenderfoot, I was kind enough to give the following reply when asked if there was anything I wished to discuss with Mr. Esser.  “Well Mr. Esser I’m not interested in advancing in rank, I just want to do the fun things scouts do and learn all the skills of scouting.”

After hearing this I quickly realized two things immediately, and one thing much later as an adult.

  1. I must have been one heck of a pain in the backside for my Scoutmasters
  2. He really did give me the fun things to do, and in the process I did somehow become an Eagle Scout
  3. After training in Scoutmaster Basics as an Assistant Scoutmaster, I found that the program B.P. founded was indeed what it should be: Fun with a purpose

The following year as a youth member of the Order of the Arrow, I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Vigil Honor along side my former Scoutmaster Bob Esser the summer of 1998.  I also had the joy of having a grizzly bear visit me during said vigil event. I think the story is going around the Lodge to this day.  I do know that no one in their right mind camps up Hawk Creek anymore at Camp Buffalo Bill.

As a result, a fellow scouter who worked with me during my many JLTC Staff experiences gave me a grizzly bear neckerchief slide.

Adult

As my timeline below indicates, I actually became an Adult Scouter before I was awarded my Eagle Rank.  This was thanks to my lousy sense of time keeping.  I turned in my Eagle Packet and Materials completely signed no less then 6 days before my birthday.

It was my first experience sweating bullets, but also highly educational.  My Eagle Board had so much fun playing with me, that to this day I thought I had a heart attack during the board.

For many years I assisted Troop 44 as an Assistant Scoutmaster, taking Wood Badge in 2000 and finishing up in 2002.

In 2000 I also returned to college, this time at the University of Wyoming.  While the troop did not see much of me until graduation in 2004, I was always at meetings during the holiday and summer breaks.  I also attended a few Lodge Events as well during this time period.

In April of 2005, I found employment with Sierra Trading Post in Cheyenne, WY.  During my interview, the CFO, Gary Imig, pointed at something in my resume to the HR Director, Bob Kholer.  “Look, another Eagle Scout”. I was hired a few days later, and soon found out that Bob Kholer was once the District Chairman, and that he had a job for me.  Friends of Scouting was coming up…

From there I volunteered as an Unit Commissioner, transferred my registration over to the Cheyenne District, Longs Peak Council.

Early in 2008, after hearing that the Cheyenne Invitational Spring Camp-o-ree was in danger because no one wanted to be Chair for the event, I stepped forward thinking back to my days as a youth when my old District Commissioner, Bob Connely, would run every single district camping event.

Thinking that it would be a fun Commissioners gig, I stepped into a fairly good situation where after 3 months of trying to build a staff, every Venture Crew in town stepped up to help out.  This was so impressive, I started looking into the Venture Program in the District, remembering with envy how that program had started up a year after I had completed my Eagle Scout and that there was no way I could earn any of its awards before my 20th Birthday.

Because of my “Member at Large” position at the District Committee, I found out that the Cheyenne District was looking at making a new Venture Chair position under the Program Chair.  I volenteered for that as quickly as I could, knowing that the Boy Scout program was just fine in the district, but something was up with the Venture Program and it needed help.

I have sense found a additional purpose in Scouting, and a great new program to help out with.


Date Scouting Awards and Timeline
1987 Joined Cub Scouting, Earned Bobcat Award, Pack 44
1988 Bear Award, Cub Scouts, Pack 44
1989 Webelos Award, Cub Scouts, Pack 44
May 1990 Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouts, Pack 44
May 1990 Joined Boy Scouts, Troop 44, Riverton, WY, United Methodist Church
February 1993 First Class Rank, Boy Scouts, Troop 44
June 1994 Ordeal Member, Order of the Arrow, Tatakainyanka Lodge
June 1994 Completed Junior Leader Training Conference, Central Wyoming Council
July 1994 Star Scout Rank, Boy Scouts, Troop 44
1995 Ogalala Chapter Chief, Order of the Arrow, Tatakainyanka Lodge
February 1995 Lift Scout Rank, Boy Scouts, Troop 44
June 1995 Brotherhood Membership, Order of the Arrow, Tatakainyanka Lodge
1996 Ogalala Chapter Secretary, Order of the Arrow, Tatakainyanka Lodge
June 1996 Quartermaster, Junior Leader Training Course, Camp Buffalo Bill, Central Wyoming Council
Summer 1996 First Year Camper Director, Camp Buffalo Bill, Central Wyoming Council
Sept. 1996 – 2005 Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 44, Riverton, WY, United Methodist Church
December 1996 Eagle Scout Rank, Boy Scouts, Troop 44
April 1998 Vigil Honor, Order of the Arrow, Tatakainyanka Lodge
Summer 1997 Philmont Backcountry Staff, Urraca Mesa Camp
June 1998 Assistant Scoutmaster of Instruction, Junior Leader Training Course, Camp Buffalo Bill, Central Wyoming Council
Summer 1998 Archery/Scout Craft Director, Camp Buffalo Bill, Central Wyoming Council
June 2000 W5-638-00, Wood Badge Participant, Camp Buffalo Bill, Central Wyoming Council
July 2000 Assistant Scoutmaster of Program, Junior Leadership Training Course, Camp Buffalo Bill, Central Wyoming Council
Aug. 2005 – Present District FOS Area Coordinator, Cheyenne District, Longs Peak Council
Aug. 2005 – Present Unit Commissioner, Cheyenne (Frontier) District, Longs Peak Council
April 2007 Associate of Commissioner Science, Longs Peak Council
July 2007 Camp Commissioner (1 week), BDSR, Longs Peak Council
Oct. 2007 Bachelor of Commissioner Science, Longs Peak Council
March 2008 District Committee Venture Chairman, Cheyenne (Frontier) District, Longs Peak Council
March 2008 Cheyenne District Chair, Council Venturing Committee, Longs Peak Council (As result of Previous Position)
Jan. 2008 – Present Associate Chapter Adviser (Ceremonies), Chy-Kola Chapter, Kola Lodge, Order of the Arrow
Jan. – May 2008 2008 Cheyenne Invitational Spring Camp-o-ree Chairman
May 2008 – Present Member, Xtreme Camping Committee, CLP Project, Council Camping Committee Sub-Committee
July 2008 Powder Horn Award, Participant and Staff Member, Longs Peak Council
Aug. – Sept. 2008 2008 Cheyenne Invitational Fall Camp-o-ree Chairman
Oct. 2008 Lodge Leadership Development, Kola Lodge, Order of the Arrow
Oct. 2008 – Present Associate Lodge Adviser (Publications), Kola Lodge, Order of the Arrow
Nov. 2008 Commissioners Basic Training
Nov. 2008 Arrowhead Award for Unit Commissioner
Nov. 2008 Commissioners Key for Unit Commissioner
Nov. 2008 Masters of Commissioners Science, Longs Peak Council
Nov. 2008 Participant/Instructor, 2008 Fall Cheyenne District VLSC (Venture Leadership Skills Course)

Date Accomplishments
Dec. 2003 Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Wyoming
Dec. 2004 Master of Science, eBusiness, University of Wyoming