Boys Scouts catching ride for Ten Commandments Hike

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ten Commandments Walk event chair John Schonberger maps out churches in Clovis to figure out the scouts route for the annual walk taking place Saturday.

Liliana Castillo

Clovis’ Boy Scouts will be riding church-to-church Saturday as part of the Ten Commandments Hike.

This is the second time the El Llano Grande District has hosted the event this year. The last one was in May.

Event Chairman John Schonberger said he was starting to plan the event and found scheduling problems at every turn, including with his job as a certified public accountant.

“There’s no taxes for me to worry about (in November) so I have time to organize it,” he said with a laugh.

In previous years, Scouts and their parents hiked from church to church along Main Street learning about one Commandment at each church and the congregation’s beliefs.

This year, Schonberger wanted to expand beyond what the scouts could walk.

“We want to go to big beautiful sanctuaries on the edges of town but how do we get there?” he said. “We want to see different things.”

Bethel Assembly of God and Living Stones Community Church donated rides for the Scouts to do just that.

This year, the Scouts will visit Bethel Assembly of God, First United Methodist, Central Christian, St. James Episcopal Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Trinity Lutheran, 21st St. Church of Christ, Community of Christ, Central Baptist and Living Stones Community Church in that order.

Schonberger said the churches are receptive of the event.

Bethel Assembly of God Pastor Lemuel Perry said the church was interested in participating for the first time.

“If we’re going to live together here we ought to know a little bit about each other. We should know the similarities and differences,” he said.

Perry said he will talk about the first Commandment and unique aspects of Pentecostal churches such as speaking in tongues.

“Historically speaking, we have an emphasis and belief in gifts of the spirit that are still valid and alive today,” he said.

Pastor Keith Basket said its important to teach children and adults the meaning of the Ten Commandments and different religions.

“It is important (to learn about different religions) not to divide people but to help them understand one another a little bit better and why there are differences of opinion and perspectives,” Basket said.

Schonberger, who has been involved in scouting for 57 years, said he enjoys the enthusiasm of the speakers.

“There’s a bubbling, a vibration with the Scouts while they’re learning about the churches. Both sides, they bubble each other. I’m always looking for the paycheck and that’s my paycheck,” he said.