Herald JournalHerald Journal, Mar. 29, 2004

Gudvangen obtains eagle rank

By Liz Hellmann

Chris Gudvangen of Montrose may appear to be an average teenager, but his above average achievements were honored when he became an Eagle Scout recently.

Gudvangen received the highest rank in Boy Scouts after completing a series of merit badges and displaying good character throughout his life.

Gudvangen, son of Lonny Gudvangen, and Kathy and Norm Jerde, became a tiger cub at the Montrose Elementary School when he was in kindergarten.

“It was something my parents wanted me to get into, and I ended up really liking it,” Gudvangen said.

To become an Eagle Scout, Gudvangen completed more than 21 merit badges, including climbing, orienteering, camping, and swimming. He also completed the mandatory Eagle service project.

His service project included working with the Marine Corps to raise local donations for Toys for Tots during November and December.

Gudvangen headed the project by speaking to various businesses and schools, setting up donation drop-off areas, collecting the donations, and sending them to KARE 11 to be shipped.

As a member of Boy Scouts, Gudvangen attends camp three times a year. He recently became a summer counselor at Many Point Scout Camp in Ponsford.

“Camp was the greatest thing ever,” Gudvangen said. At camp he teaches young boy scouts the same survival skills and merit badges he learned just years before.

Every Monday night Gudvangen can be found supervising the Boy Scouts meeting for troop 312 in Montrose.

“I try to sit back and let them run the meeting, but if they need some help, I’m there to step in,” Gudvangen said.

Although Boy Scouts keep him busy, Gudvangen likes to spend his spare time playing football or wrestling. “Pretty much doing the normal teenage stuff,” Gudvangen said.

Gudvangen has learned many important skills throughout his life as a Boy Scout.

Among those he has learned how to conduct himself in front of other people, and how to save his life and other people’s lives.

Gudvangen plans to keep using what he has learned as a Scout. He recently joined the Marine Corps and will be heading out for training camp in California after graduating high school.

Because of his many accomplishments and abilities, Gudvangen will be given the chance to serve presidential security detachment when his training is over.

Gudvangen has gone through every level of Boy Scouts, and has completed many merit badge classes and various other projects. He has proved himself to be skilled in all these areas, and possess good character.

When asked what he is most grateful for, his answer was simple, “How it taught me to view life.”

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