OGDEN — Ogden-area Boy Scouts and their families can get to know the Ten Commandments from a little different perspective Saturday morning, when the Boy Scouts of America Trapper Trails Council sponsors its second annual Ten Commandments Hike.
The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Salvation Army, 2615 Grant Ave.
The six-mile hike goes to 12 spots, mostly churches, around downtown Ogden. At 10 of the spots, a different commandment will be recited and gone over in detail.
“The whole idea is to bring the community together,” said Michael Jenkins, district director for the Trapper Trails Council.
The main idea is to bring people together and break down barriers.
“We want people to know Scouting is for everybody,” Jenkins said.
There is also great value in understanding our neighbors, said Jenkins, who thinks it is especially important for Scout-aged boys to learn these values now.
This year, Cub Scouts are invited to participate.
Last year, they weren’t invited, because the Scout leaders didn’t know what the dynamics would be regarding the adult-to-child ratio and how neighbors in the downtown area would respond.
Last year, they found conditions to be great for all of those things, so the Cub Scouts have been invited.
Also last year, Jenkins was impressed with the warm reception the Scouts received in all of downtown.
“There were great neighbors, and everyone was very friendly,” he said.
Downtown Ogden is a perfect place for such a hike, Jenkins said.
“The reality is, Ogden is the only place in Utah where this could even be possible,” Jenkins said, referring to the proximity of the various faith communities.
Last year, seven groups participated, and this year, even more were interested in getting involved. Jenkins said he expects to have Scouts and other groups from Northern Utah participating and hopes for more than 100 hikers.
Originally, the BSA had asked people to preregister, but really it just wants everyone to come who can. People can meet at the Salvation Army and are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and water.
The event will end at the Jewish synagogue, Congregation Brith Sholem, 2750 Grant Ave., where refreshments will be served.
Each of the Scouts is also asked to bring $5 to cover the cost of materials, the refreshments and the patch that is designed in conjunction with the hike.
The hike will include the following churches: The Salvation Army; Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd; St. Joseph Catholic Church; Elim Lutheran; First Church of Christ, Scientist; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — Ogden East Stake; First Presbyterian Church; Hope Resurrected Church and Building God’s Way; C.L.U.B.B. Jesus; New Zion Baptist Church; and Congregation Brith Sholem.
The other faith community that is participating is the Genesis Project — Church of God.
For more information on the hike, email Jenkins at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org.