On Feb. 7, Scouts from the Coastal Empire Council hit the streets of Savannah for the second annual “City of Savannah Religious Hike.”
The hike was developed by Scoutmaster Ken Luikart and Troop 665 of Rincon. The six-mile hike is laid out to provide hikers an interesting and informative day of touring the magnificent city and stopping at 16 points of interest along the way to appreciate the city’s religious heritage such as Trinity Methodist Church, 1st and 2nd African Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wesley Chapel, Independent Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, Bull Street Baptist Church, Mickve Israel Synagogue, and St. John’s Episcopal Church.
The hike began at 8 a.m. at the Visitors Center on MLK Jr. Boulevard, and Scouts traveled the beautiful and historic Savannah streets. The hike helps Scouts understand the meaning of the 12th point of the Scout Law “A Scout is Reverent.”
Scouts met celebrities in Savannah history along the way such as Juliet Gordon Lowe, the Telfair sisters, General Oglethorpe, a Union major in Greene Square and a Union private who was stationed in the Colonial Cemetery during the occupation of Savannah.
They also met residents of Savannah from both the Civil and Revolution wars.