Q – How do I start a chapter?
A – We make it as easy as possible. To begin, you just need 5 child participants and 2 co-leaders who will facilitate your group. The application process is outlined on our website along with information on how to start setting things up. Check out the Join Us section of our site, which has detailed information on this process. When you are ready, simply fill out the Application and either email or snail mail it to us. There are no fees involved. You may also want to look over our handbooks, which have info on advancements and achievement awards.
Q – How do I get in touch with a chapter in my community?
A – Go to Find Us. Search for your area on the map. Click on the chapter icon nearest your city for the chapter’s meeting location and contact information. If there isn’t a chapter near you, consider starting one in your city. Find out how here: Join Us
Q – How much does it cost to start a chapter?
A – There are no registration or startup fee for starting a Chapter. Once the new Chapter is approved, our insurance broker will send you an application for general liability and accident coverage. The National office will subsidize half the annual premium if you request for financial need. Your sponsoring organization may put you on their policy as well (the latter generally will not cover you on excursions).
Q – Are there dues?
A – For Chapters, Navigators USA asks for a contribution once you are up and running, which may take over a year. We suggest $150 per Chapter, but any amount you can afford will be sufficient and appreciated by the entire organization. For individual Navigators, Chapters may charge due for participation, and this varies from Chapter to Chapter. Our intention is to make scouting available to everyone. If your Chapter’s dues are cost-prohibitive, please get in touch with your Chapter’s co-leaders or Navigators USA to find out about scholarships.
Q – What curriculum do you offer?
A – Navigators USA offers a Junior and Senior Handbook and are in the process of publishing a Badge Book that will span multiple Navigators levels.
Q – Are there requirements for meeting frequency?
A – There is no requirement for meeting frequency. Chapters tend to meet bi-monthly or weekly. This choice is up to the Chapter leaders and families.
Q – Are individual Chapters considered non-profit organizations?
A – No, Navigators USA is a member service organization. All chapters function autonomously. We offer material and guidelines but have no jurisdiction over your chapter. Chapters are not included in Navigators USA’s 501(c)3 status.
Q – Does Navigators USA have political ties or associations?
A – We do not have an official political stance or association and accept any and all members regardless of political affiliation.