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2014 Ten Commandments Hike News
 

INTRODUCTION:  This activity is a circuit hike (about 4.3 miles) through the City of Manassas with stops at five churches.  At each stop a church representative will conduct an interactive discussion with the youth about two of the Ten Commandments along with a brief introduction to their particular religious denomination.   

 

WHEN:  Saturday, February 1, 2014.  The time frame for the hike will be 9:00 AM until 1:30 PM, with registration starting at 8:30 AM.  The starting and ending location for the hike will be All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA. 20110.   

 

THEME:  The theme for the 3rd annual Ten Commandments Hike in the City of Manassas is TEACH THEM ALWAYS:   “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  (Dt. 6: 4-7).  Each pastor, religious leader, or designated speaker will be encouraged to use this theme as part of their discussion of the commandments.  The design of the 2014 patch will also reflect this year’s theme.

 

COST:  There will be no cost for this event.  Anyone who completes the hike will receive a patch if they donate a non perishable food item from the following list: box of cereal, can of tuna/chicken, jar of peanut butter or box of dry pasta with a plastic jar of pasta sauce.  The donations will be collected prior to the hike and the patches will be given out upon completion of the hike.  The refreshment area this year will be at Grace United Methodist Church.  A free will donation jar will be located at this church for those wishing to help defray the cost of the refreshments. 

  

SCHEDULE:  Each hiking group will operate autonomously, with a limit of 10 participants and 2 adults per group.  Leaders are responsible for making sure their group remains on schedule and on course.  At the starting point each group will be given a map and detailed directions for the hike.  The discussion at each house of worship will last approximately 15 minutes (5 minutes for discussion of commandments, 5 minutes for introduction to the particular faith of the house of worship, 5 minutes for questions).

 

PARTICIPATION:  Participation is open to all supervised youth and families of the community.  In particular, participation is open to all BSA units in Bull Run District.  Units from other districts within NCAC are also invited.  Members of the Girl Scouts of America are invited to participate, as well as American Heritage girls, Camp Fire youth, 4-H youth, Columbian Squires and Squire Roses. Siblings and family members are encouraged to participate as well.

 

INSURANCE:  The hike is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council, and is being run by Boy Scout Crew 1188 and members of George Brent Council.  This event is fully covered by insurance on file with the City of Manassas.  Existing unit insurance from BSA will cover registered BSA participants.  All BSA leadership requirements for Safe Scouting must be in place for BSA units to participate in this event.  All other organized youth groups must have their particular leadership requirements in effect in order to participate.  All youth are welcome provided they have proper adult supervision.  

 

REGISTRATION:  I need an estimate of the number of adult and youth participants as soon as possible, but preferably not later than January 23, 2014 (see Registration page on this web site).  This information is vital for event planning and to insure adequate patches and refreshments.  Hike day registration should be completed by only one person per group to avoid confusion in accounting for everyone who participates in the hike.

SERVICE PROJECT:  Each group participating in the hike will be asked to pick up litter along the hike route.  Trash bags will be provided.  The City of Manassas should be a cleaner place after the hike than it was before the hike.  We also need to make sure that we are respectful of the condition of all the places of worship that we visit along the hike route. 

 

CHURCHES:  The following churches will be participating in the 2014 hike:  All Saints Catholic Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Victory Fellowship Church, Reformed Presbyterian Church, and The Life Church.     

 

ROUTE PLANNING:  The hike route is organized to provide a safe and effective route through the City of Manassas.  The City of Manassas Police Department has reviewed and approved the hike route. Support from the City of Manassas Police Department is essential to making this hike a safe and fun experience for everyone involved.

 

SITE MANNING:  Knights of Columbus George Brent Council volunteers and Crew 1188 members will staff the church sites, the registration tables, and other points along the hike.  Their role is to keep the flow of youth running smoothly at the sites, to keep the presenters on schedule, and to ensure the sites are returned to their pre-hike condition.  A first-aider will be available for the duration of the hike.

 

FEEDBACK:  All adults will be asked to complete a brief feedback form at the end of the hike.  Your comments and suggestions are needed so that next year the hike will be even better!

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:  The Ten Commandments Hike will be conducted “rain or shine”.  BE PREPARED!  WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING!  However, should snow or ice present hazardous conditions, the hike will be cancelled for that day.