This past June, Vanguard Scouting member Wes Newman of the Great Alaska Council, organized the 2023 “Walk of Faith” for his council. It was an opportunity to teach Scouts of all ages about the faith communities in Alaska and work toward requirements for faith-based advancement. Scouts and leaders toured each facility, asking questions and listening to insights from faith leaders.
The hike started at 9 a.m., lasted over four miles, and visited eight different faith facilities, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Images below showcase a few stops along the way.
Overall, the group of Scouts appreciated the organized event. Interactive demonstrations at various churches were particularly popular. This included making fire-starter kits, an organ recital, learning about church handbells, and visiting the Jewish Museum.
Scouts learn about church handbells at the First Congregational Church of Anchorage
Scouts learn to make fire-starter kits at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Anchorage
Organ recital at St. Mark Lutheran
Scouting religious awards display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Mini sermon from Rabbi Greenberg
The event was so successful that another is planned for next year, broadening the tour to include other non-Judeo-Christian faiths.
Congratulations to Wes on expanding the understanding of Duty to God and helping Scouts learn more about their religious community.
Catholic Social Services – St. Francis House Food Pantry
Anchor Park United Methodist
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints