In The Beginning
Navigators was founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers who had previously led Boy Scout Troop 103 in East Harlem, New York, 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 organisation. They came up with the name and moral compass of Navigators USA, an all gender, secular, non-discriminating alternative to scouting.
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 165 as of Summer 2017.
In 2013, UK Navigators was started by a team who were disenfranchised by the existing scouting youth groups in the UK. There are now Groups operating in Devon, Hereford, Lincoln and West Yorkshire and more are expected as the opportunity to develop becomes apparent to those tired of the established organisations, or who are just looking for a new route to take.
The Navigators are 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 Now?
Navigators was created to provide a scouting experience for children who either can’t or don’t want to join the existing scouting organisation 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. UK Navigators is here to teach many of the same skills and values of traditional scouting while emphasising diversity, inclusion, and group problem-solving.
We urge you to review the material on the website, review our handbooks, and consider starting a Group in your community.
When you start a Navigator Group 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.