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First Annual Troop 175 Ten Commandments Hike

September 29th was our First (hopefully annual) 10 commandments Hike. This was a hike with several purposes. Since a Scout is reverent, this was an opportunity for any Scout to learn about certain faiths as well as to get a better understanding of the 10 Commandments. Scouting also has requirements for rank advancement that expect the Scout to do a 5 mile hike. Lastly, this was a way to get the Scouts some exercise as well as remind the community about the Scouting program.

Our hike was indeed 5 miles in distance and we had 5 different Churches lined up to give us a better understanding of the commandments and a little description and tours of their congregations.

We began at St. John Brebeuf Church – where our Troop meets. Almost all of the boys have been in and out of St. John’s so there was no need for a tour. Instead we heard from Fr. Peter an explanation of Commandment 1 and 2:

SJB was quite scenic and this was a GORGEOUS DAY!!

Fr. did a great job and the boys added some excellent comments. Next was St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church.

Fr. Chris met us and gave us a great tour of this lovely Church

The art work and craftsmanship was simply amazing. This is certainly a place where you would want to be reverent.

Fr. Chris also did a wonderful job explaining a few of the commandments – one close to the boys hearts – Honor Thy Father and Mother! (a Scout is obedient!)

We then walked next door to Harvest Bible Chapel for a quick talk by Pastor Scott.

Pastor Scott did a very thorough job of explaining Commandments 5 and 6, especially his explanation that the first 4 deal with our relationship with God and the remainder deal with our relationships among ourselves.

Pastor Scott is also the children’s ministry pastor so he had some really good points for the Scouts to consider regarding commandments 5&6. We stayed outside and enjoyed the great day.

We then made our way over to St Michael’s Orthodox Church. St. Michael’s has been in its current location since the 70’s but since it is so far recessed from Waukegan rd, most Niles residents are probably not aware of this beautiful Church. This is a “Slavic” Orthodox church, so it is a bit different from the Greek Orthodox one. However, it is also very elaborate inside and Father Sam was a gracious host and gave us and explanation of commandments 7&8.

We enjoyed a great lunch in the shade here and then hiked off to our final stop.

St. John’s Lutheran was just down the street and Pastor Matt met us for an explanation of the final 2 commandments and an explanation of the Lutheran faith.

He was also an excellent host and pointed out that this was the oldest church in Niles and that it has sponsored several other Lutheran churches in the area.

The cemetery on Shermer was once St. John’s but was taken over by St. Matthews farther up Milwaukee. The parsonage is also the oldest HOUSE in Niles.

They have a rather interesting web page with some historical pictures:

The 1860 Church

The 1902 rebuild with parsonage:

We had 4 Boy Scouts and 2 Cubs and we had a GREAT TIME! Hopefully you can join us next year. I believe this was not only a great way to see how we all worship but it helped to personalize the experience. At a minimum we all got some exercise and got to see some beautiful Churches, learn some great words of wisdom and enjoy the day together as Scouts!

Yours In Scouting!!!

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