Navigators USA , a scouting movement whose mission is to broaden the scope of scouting through inclusion. By encouraging whole families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, trips and activities, Navigators USA goes beyond youth development to community development.
Navigators USA is an all gender, secular scouting movement that welcomes all people — children and adults, no matter what gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief. We believe the greatest challenge for the future of our planet is to learn how to get along with people different than ourselves.
What Navigators Say
The flexibility of NavUSA is what lets Chapter 58 put inclusion into action. Most of my scouts work best in very small groups, and many have needs that would get them labeled as “difficult” or worse in a traditional scout or school setting. But at Navigators, we just roll with it. It’s not just the kids that benefit though. Parents and community members volunteer in ways that feel comfortable for them. Personally, Navigators has been such a great fit.
Our chapter has a great mix of homeschooled and schooled kids. I love that in Navigators my homeschooled kids connect with other kids, both schooled and homeschooled and across other differences, through their shared interest in the outdoors, mutual respect and understanding, learning, and having fun together.
As we’re rushing to get to Navs last night, my daughter blurted out, ‘I like being a Navigator.’ It made me proud that I was going through the effort of giving this to her. As a new leader, it’s easy to doubt from time to time.
This year about 20 children from 5 schools, and their families, participated in Navigators USA Chapter 41. It impacts the community through the tangible contributions that our Navigators make to help others and preserve our natural resources, but also by providing a place where all families are welcomed to come together and take part in a scouting experience.
Our parents are happy to not have to go to two separate meetings and to bring all their kids to one meeting.
We have multiple families that have 3+ children.