Navigators USA is a secular scouting movement for people of all ages and genders whose mission is to broaden the scope of scouting by encouraging whole families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, trips and activities, going beyond youth development to community development.
A group of volunteers who had previously led Boy Scout Troop 103 in East Harlem founded Navigators USA in 2003. The first Troop started in a homeless shelter, sponsored by All Souls Unitarian Church.
The volunteers felt it critical to offer more choices within the scouting community, even if it required the creation of a new organization. They add about two chapters a month.
Navigators USA mission is to:
The Navigator USA “Family Scouting” model lightens the burden of adult leadership, promotes inter-generational connections and strengthens community.
As a Navigator, I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance.
To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect.
To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential.
To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.
Navigator Slogan – The more you give the more you get.
Navigator Motto – Stay on course.
Navigator Traits – Truthful, Respectful, Inclusive, Generous, Dependable, Resourceful, Cooperative.
Annual Fee per youth scout is $80 (there is no fee for adult participants). Fees cover scout general liability insurance, Navigators USA suggested donation, camping fees (depending on funds available), scout supplies (depending on funds available).
Scouts need a Secular Scouts T-shirt as a uniform to identify with our group. We have designed our own logo (above/right) and would like to make bulk orders from a local supplier. Contact Monica to order shirt(s). Badge sash/vest/cape to be determined by our troop.
Location for Meetings: The Secular Hub is our sponsor organization. Thank you Secular Hub! Membership at the Hub is not required, but if you aren’t a member of the Secular Hub, consider a family membership that will help support our scout troop and the secular community in general. They want to be an organization that supports and includes our secular families. Indoor meetings will be held at the Secular Hub (254 N. Knox Court Denver, CO 80219, Google Map). Outdoor meetings will take place at activity specific locations (check our calendar). We generally will schedule meetings every two weeks and the preferred day for most families seems to be Sunday.
Chapters function autonomously and Navigators USA has no jurisdiction over the chapter because it is a member organization. This means we can adjust our policies to suit our own troop and scout families!
In Spring, we will gear up for more camping trips and work toward a minimalist camping trip with our badge work.
Navigators USA offers materials and guidelines- bound Junior and Senior Handbooks and a Badge Book are available at the store on the Navigators USA website. Troop leaders will keep one copy of each of these texts in a binder at the Secular Hub and they will be available to review at meetings there. Troop leaders will also email a digital version of relevant handbooks for each scout so they can use them on a computer or print their own copy.
Badges represent intensive study and mastery of specific skills such as: Hiking, Camping, Science, Leadership, First Aid, Conservation, Survival, Diversity and over 45 others. The skills fall into four categories: Body, Planet, Mind, Freedom. They are available at each level. Instructions for advancement and how to earn badges are found in the handbooks and badge book. Troop leadership can also decide to include other badges, and even design badges that all troops can use. If a scout has a particular interest that isn’t included, let us know and we can work with them to design curriculum and a badge.
Stargazer (recommended 5-6yo), Junior (recommended 7-11yo), and Senior (recommended 11-18 and beyond). Advancement within those levels is driven by learning skill sets and earning advancement. The Badge Book includes example achievement paths to earn a badge at each level, but we can design different activities as well. Talk to a troop leader about the skills your scout wants to learn.
2019 was in Estes Park. 2020 was suspended due to Covid-19 but was scheduled for Lake Michigan. We will likely try to participate in the next Jamboree when it is scheduled and we may also collaborate with CampQuest (a secular overnight camp organization that has a local camp).
Last updated: Tue, Jan 25, 2022 7:03pm.