Navigators USA was founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers who had previously led Boy Scout Troop 103 in East Harlem, 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 came up with the name and moral compass of Navigators USA, an all gender, secular, non-discriminating scouting alternative.
During the first 4 years they wrote their curriculum and published their handbooks with the help of McGraw-Hill. They spent another 4 years testing their model growing slowly to 6 Chapters. In 2011 they built their first website and Facebook page in the hopes that others would find us. They did. We grow at a steady pace of two new Chapters a month with over 257 as of Spring 2019.
The Navigators USA is committed to providing a quality scouting experience that is inclusive and available to all children and families regardless of gender, race, religion, economic status, sexual orientation and social background. The Navigator Moral Compass demonstrates the founding group’s dream of creating a scouting organization that meets the needs of youths, parents, guardians and other adult caregivers.
Navigators USA Now
Navigators USA is evolving to meet the needs of its Chapter Leaders. That means changing from a drop-off program where parents drop their children off and just a couple of adults run the program to an all parent participation program where everybody goes to meetings and goes on trips and activities. Parents need to meet their neighbors and help each other now more than ever.
Whatever the reason, be it the local leadership, national policies, curriculum issues, gender separation, there should be more than one option for children and parents when it comes to scouting. The Navigators USA is here to teach many of the same skills and values of traditional scouting while giving people the freedom to design their program to fit their needs.
We urge you to review the material on the website, review our handbooks, and consider starting a Chapter in your community.
When you start a Navigator Chapter you are not only helping the kids in your community, you are helping to bring needed choice and opportunity to others. Join us and become part of tomorrow.