Navigators USA was founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers who had previously led Boy Scout Troop 103 in East Harlem, serving children in need, 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, a co-ed, 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 120 as of Spring 2016.
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.
Why Navigators USA Now?
Navigators USA was created to provide a scouting experience for boys and girls who either can’t or don’t want to join the existing scouting organization in their local community.
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 emphasizing diversity, inclusion, and group problem solving.
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 boys and girls in your community, you are helping to bring needed choice and opportunity to others. Join us and become part of tomorrow.