Laurel Highlands Council

Ten Commandment Hike


Ten Commandment Hike


A Scout is Reverant

Since 2006, over 5,000 people have attended the Ten Commandment Hike! Make sure you don't miss the fun of the 2017 hike.

What is a Ten Commandment Hike?

It’s a unique and exciting way to embrace the concept of religious acceptance and respect, learn local history, participate in community service, and have fun.  And it’s a good way to work off that Thanksgiving dinner!

The Ten Commandment Hike is open to all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and their families. The leisurely and stroller friendly walk will be just under four miles, visiting ten religious institutions in the Shadyside and North Oakland sections of Pittsburgh. 

Ample free parking is available at Rodef Shalom Synagogue.  The Hike will start promptly at 8:45am at Rodef Shalom Synagogue on the corner of Fifth & Morewood Avenues in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh.

The cost of the hike is $9.00 per hiker.  The fee includes a special patch, hot chocolate along the way, juice at lunch, and dessert.  ALL hikers must be registered and paid before commencing the hike. Bring a bag lunch, water, snacks, AND a canned good for the food bank.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

At each stop, for approximately 20 minutes, a member of the Clergy will discuss a specific Commandment, describe the basic theological tenets of their religion, and point out interesting architectural and historical aspects of their House of Worship.  They will also answer a few questions.  We will leisurely hike as one group to each place of worship in the order of the Commandments. 

Organ Recitals

Starting at 8:45am, and at many of the stops along the way, hike participants will be able to listen to classical music and sing songs accompanied by the majestic organs in the Synagogue, Churches, and Cathedrals.  Scouts will also listen to a short presentation on how pipe organs make music.

Nationality Rooms

We have arranged special discounted optional tours of the University  of Pittsburgh’s Nationality Rooms at 5:00pm and 5:30pm.

Hindu Jain Temple

Tour the Hindu Jain Temple in Monroeville the following weekend  on Sunday December 3rd at no cost.

Listen to and learn from clergy who are: Jewish, Anglican, Baptist, Byzantine Catholic, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Christian Scientists, Hindu,  Greek Orthodox, Muslim, and Zoroastrian. 

 The hike will end at approximately 4:00pm. Small children are welcome and they may hike for free, but it is strongly recommended that you bring a stroller.  All Scouts and Scouters MUST wear a Class “A” uniform.  *Uniform is required for free admission to Phipps Conservatory.

Additional information, the hike route, and any last minute information will be emailed to all registrations just prior to the hike.