Cazenovia Boy Scouts pose for a photo outside the Cazenovia-Nelson United Methodist Church during their two-mile walk on March 31. Troop 18 traveled around town, gaining a deeper understanding of the Ten Commandments.
The Boy Scouts of Cazenovia’s Troop 18 have a 13th part to the Scout Law, which jokingly states, “a Scout is hungry.” It could also be the 11th commandment.
On Saturday, March 31, the Scouts spent more serious time learning about the original Ten Commandments as they hiked throughout the village of Cazenovia as part of the “Duty to God” program.
The Scouts walked two miles, stopping at Cazenovia area churches and the American Legion to listen to speakers who provided insight into the meaning of each of the Ten Commandments and how they are relevant in the Scouts’ own lives and affect the choices they make each day.
The speakers reminded the scouts of the Scout Promise to “Do my duty to God and country” and of the 12th point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is reverent.”
The Scouts were engaged, asking and answering questions to help them understand how the commandments are important to our country, to our town, and to them personally.
The hike was followed by food and fellowship, hosted by Troop 18 at the Louis Loyster Scout Lodge on Riverside Drive.
The Scouts said they were grateful to the individuals who volunteered their Saturday morning to share their time and talent: Bob Conway, Father Robin Flocken of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Al Keilen of American Legion Post 88, Pastor Steven Thomas of the First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Barney Freeborn of the New Woodstock Federated Church, Father Kevin Corcoran of St. James Roman Catholic Church, Pastor Richard Dickinson of the Village Baptist Church, John Burlew and Sharon Schmit of the Cazenovia-Nelson United Methodist Church, David Peterson of Cazenovia Cub Scout Pack 16 and Chaplain’s Aide for Troop 18 Samuel Evans.