The Navigators USA

Monthly Newsletter

Fall 2022

Primary Purpose

Our primary purpose is to build friendships for ourselves and our children, and help others in our local community.

Our Tradition

The only requirement for membership is a desire to live by our moral compass..

Steps

  1. We admit that we need friends to improve our lives and secure a better future for ourselves and our children.
  2. Building friendship can only be achieved by doing things together that require reciprocity, responsibility, and reliability.
  3. Nature is the ultimate authority that teaches us by listening to it, observing it and experimenting with what we’ve learned.
  4. Use the collective wisdom and resources of past Navigators as guides but not requirements.
  5. Commit to sustaining your Chapter for future generations.
  6. Let others know about Navigators USA, it’s mission and it’s message.

Programming Tab

Handbook PDFs

Advancements 

  1. Add Moral Compass, etc. here.
  2. Add introduction at top
    1. “Navigator chapters can choose how to advance their youth however they feel fits their group the best.  In general, there are levels based on age and achievement that many chapters use to distinguish and motivate their members.  Stargazer and Junior levels often advance by age while the Senior level often requires achievement before an advance is granted.”

 

Chapter Resources –  Put all links on this page in categories with intuitive labels.  

  1. General
    1. Add link to Leader Guide
    2. Chapter Registration
    3. Adult Supervision Protection
    4. Navigator Contract
    5. Navigator Mission
    6. Non-discrimination Policy
    7. Sponsor Covenant
    8. Insurance Information
    9. Bank Account information
    10. Letterhead: Envelope; Junior, Senior
  2. Meeting Forms
    1. Add link to Leader Guide
    2. Youth sign up/registration for local chapters
    3. Annual Release Form
    4. Media Consent Form
    5. Adult application
    6. Navigator Pledge
    7. Award/Certificate sample 
    8. Attendance
    9. First meeting flier
    10. Rules
    11. Incident Report
    12. Uniform order form
    13. Donation Request/Thank you
    14. Sample quartermaster duties
    15. Sample handbooks – link to PDF for Traditional, Neurodiverse, Home Schooled 

Curriculum Options

  1. Add link to Leader Guide
  2. Badges
    1. Move badge page to here 
    2. Alter text at top – “Achievement badges are used by many chapters, but are not required to participate or advance.  Many chapters use badges as a focus for meetings or gatherings and many kids like the concrete accomplishment and reward badges provide.  Navigator badges are divided into the four Compass Points designated by the color of the perimeter stitching (Mind/blue, Body/red, Planet/green, Freedom/white).  Each badge has each of the three advancement levels with increasing difficulty required with progression designated by the color of the badge background (Stargazer/light green, Junior/dark green, Senior/blue) There are also mastery badges and badges for safety skills such as knife skills, bravery, etc. “
    3. Include link to Badge Book
    4. Keep rotating badges at top and images of Mind, Body, Planet and Freedom badges
    5. Remove badges at bottom of page
    6. Link to Badge book
  3. Moral Compass Curriculum
    1. Stargazer 
    2. Junior – Mira
    3. Junior – Vega
    4. Junior – Polaris 
  4. Compass Point Curriculum
    1. Stargazer
    2. Junior
    3. Senior
  5. Summit Achievement Award Requirements

 

Activity ideas


  • Link to page(s) or search engine that will hold options – this is the big thing that will need work on

GS- Activity page – https://www.girlscouts.org/en/girl-scouts-at-home/activities-for-girls.html

GS-Volunteer tool kit – https://my.girlscouts.org/content/girlscouts-vtk/sso/login.html?samlContext=819653129373_24f2439b-3b62-46bf-9bf8-25a896d0236f

Fillable Form

Activity Title

Brief summary

Total time

Video

Navigator Level (Stargazer, Jr-Mira, Jr-Vega, Jr-Polaris, Sr-Shadow, Sr-Tracker, Sr-Pilot, Sr-Navigator)

Compass Point – Mind, Body, Planet, Freedom

Badge name

Materials needed

Preparation

Get started

Follow up

Name

Chapter 

  1. Sample Schedules – weekly/bimonthly/monthly
  2. Sample meeting structure
  3. Sample Lesson Plan
  4. Sample outing guidelines
  5. Sample camping schedule and checklist

 

Newsletters

Post past newsletters here for view

FAQs

  1. Q – Is there a place to contact other leaders?  A – Yes, there is a Facebook page for both general questions (https://www.facebook.com/groups/453319718387067) and for leaders  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/178147732332641
  2. Q – What should my first step be? A – Review the Leaders Guide (provide link) then send in your application (provide the link)
  3. Q – How do I get the word out? A – In most cases, if you build it, they will come.  Pick your core group and share information with those who seem to be a good fit.
  4. Q – Do we need insurance? A – Yes, you can either provide your own; get a sponsor to put you on their policy, or use the company Navigators works with.  Use fundraisers or divide the cost between the member families to pay for it.  The cost is ~$500-600/year.  Navigators USA will cover 50% of your first year.
  5. Q – Where can we meet? A- Anywhere is fine.  If you have a sponsor they may allow you to use their space.  If someone has access to a meeting room, club house co-op, library, parks and recreation centers, or community or nature center that can work.  Outside is always a good option.
  6. Q – How often should we meet?  A – your choice.  Some meet once a week, some twice a month, some once a month, and some quarterly.  Each meeting format will require a different structure, but all are possible it just depends on what works for you and your group.
  7. Q – When will it be safe to meet in person again?  A – $10,000 question.  Each chapter will have to use the national and local guidelines to determine this answer.  It is always great to meet outside, but whatever you decide the goal is always to keep the kids safe.