Stretching the thread.....
Cynthia D King (cdk7552@JUNO.COM)
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 16:49:06 EST
Michael Derleth rekeying of Tom Turba' s previous comments brought this
Annual Ten Commandments Hike
Saturday, February 8, 1997
Sam Houston Area Council
The hike covers ten miles, with stops at ten different denominations. At
each stop, a religious leader (minister, priest, vicar, preacher, rabbi,
elder) visits with the youth for about 15 minutes, sharing one of the Ten
Commandments and some backround on his/her place of worship. Many times,
the religious leader is a Scouter or had been a Scout as a youth.
Places of worship to be visited are: Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral,
Annunciation Catholic Church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, First
Church of Christ Scientist, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, St
Matthew Lutheran Church, St Paul's United Methodist Church, First
Presbyterian Church, Congregation Emanu El, First Christian
Church-Disciples fo Christ.
This idea was borrowed shamelessly from the Orlando area council last
year. The kids had a great time, hiking through downtown Houston &
enjoyed visiting each of the worship centers. For safety's sake, all
participants under 18 must be accompanied by a registered leader or by a
While I know that many areas can't do a hike like this during Scout week,
it is a great idea for anytime that the weather is cooperative. One of
the groups off the Religious Advisory Committee (Relationships) takes the
lead and handles the planning. Last year, the Catholic committee told us
that we could NEVER get a Catholic church to do something like this
during Lent. With three Catholic churches in the vicinity of the hike, we
hoped that one of them would say yes--and the first one asked--said yes !
It is a positive showing for both the Scouts and the various religions.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City