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The Ten Commandments Hike – What a Day for a Hike!

 

The Pony Express Council’s Ten Commandments Hike occurred Saturday, November 7 in St. Joseph and was attended by 131 boys and unit leaders from across the Council.  The Hike was conducted by the Relationship Committee to highlight the Scout’s Duty to God and introduce Scouts to a variety of faiths.  By visiting different houses of worship, Scouts can also gain a greater understanding of the religions of fellow Scouts and their religious beliefs.

and introduce Scouts to a variety of faiths.  By visiting different houses of worship, Scouts can also gain a greater understanding of the religions of fellow Scouts and their religious beliefs.

Registration, refreshments, and the opening ceremony were held at the Community of Christ Abundant Life Center.  Seth P. from Pack 132 (Polo, MO) led the Pledge of Allegiance and Justin W. from Troop 86 (Atchison, KS) offered the prayer for the Hike.  David Whitmer, Hike Coordinator, gave an introduction to the Scout’s Duty to God and summarized the life of Moses.

The first two Commandments were presented by Mike Hale of the Community of Christ.  Participants even saw a clip from Cecil B. Demille’s classic “The Ten Commandments.”  The next destination on the Hike was Frederick Blvd. Baptist Church where the group was hosted by Chris Ellis of Frederick Blvd. Baptist Church for an explanation of 3rd and 4th Commandments.

Due to the incredible weather, all hikers enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn at Frederick Blvd. Baptist Church.  After lunch, David Whitmer gave an overview of the various Religious Emblems Awards and the boys and leaders were given a Duty to God brochure regarding how to start working on a Religious Emblems Award from the various faith groups.

The Hike continued on Fredrick Blvd to Turning Point Church of the Nazarene where Fred Shepard of the Turning Point Church talked about the 5th and 6th Commandments.  After hiking to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where Toni Himra of Our Lady of Guadalupe explained the 7th and 8th Commandments, the participates hiked to Central Christian Church where Rick Randleman discussed the 9th and 10th Commandments.  Darrell Jones offered the closing prayer for the day’s hike. 

All participants received a Pony Express Council 10 Commandments Hike patch designed by Ben Ernst of the Relationships Committee and Alan Franks, Scout Executive.

The Hike covered 2.5 miles that involved crossing Faraon, Riverside, and Fredrick Boulevard, which all occurred without incident due to fine efforts of Mik Chester, Hike Safety Coordinator, and Dick Doornink and Crew 911, which is Cameron's new safety and first aid Crew.

Gaylon Whitmer, Relationship Committee Chair, was the driver for getting the Council’s first 10 Commandments Hike off the ground and made contact with each of the participating churches.  Ben Ernst, Darrell Jones, and David Powell were also key members of the Hike Committee.

 

Special thanks to Darrell Jones and Grace Evangelical Church for use of vans for transporting adults back to vehicles and to David Powell for obtaining and driving the Stewartsville Christian Church van.

 

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