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As a Navigator, I promise to do my best to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance.
To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect.
To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential.
To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.

Navigators USA

Cardboard Boat Regatta
Harvest Festival
Learning about Compasses
Making Decorations for Spring Festival
Food Drive
Nature Hike at River Bend Park
Cardboard Boat Regatta Team
Rocket Making

Navigator News

This Spring,  the NOVES Navigators are undertaking a huge STEM Project to build a cardboard raft capable of holding up to 8 Navi"GATOR" sailors.  We are learning about buoyancy, structural integrity, rowing and teamwork as we prepare to enter the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink in Fairfax this June!   Please check back here for updates on our progress and mark your calendars to come out and cheer us on at the race Sunday, June 3rd! 
NoVES Dad, Sound Team Member and new co-leader of Troop #99 Kevin Castellucci has been spearheading this STEM project.  Kevin is an engineer for NASA and his scientific knowledge has been an immeasurable asset to our kids as he is preparing them for this race!  When we last met March 17th, Mr. Castellucci noted some great modeling of the"Deed before Creed" motto among our scouts when they thought no one was watching::

  • One child wrote a nice inspirational message to his teammates on the whiteboard.
  • One team could not find cardboard pieces big enough to make the tower, so they improvised and spliced some pieces together using the lap joint method we practiced.
  • When a scout's team was done making their parts, that scout came over to our team and asked if we needed any help.

At the last meetup the team accomplished the following tasks:
  • We discussed the design for our Primary Boat.  We discussed pros and cons of a raft design
  • We reviewed the Engineering Drawings for the different structure components for the boats. I explained how drawings are the tools that Engineers and Designers use to communicate to the builders how to make the product. We talked about different items on the drawings, dimensions, tolerances.
  • We  successfully completed the boat mock-up.  The mock-up has a 40 inch wide by 60 inch long hull, not including bow area, the center tower is 12 inch wide by 18 inch long. This was a great team exercise, and the mock-up was very useful in understanding dimensions needed for the final boat.
  • Here's a buoyancy analysis for a 40 x 60 inch boat:
-Assume the average sailor weighs 75 lbs.
-Assume a wet boat weighs 100 lbs (conservative)
-Total weight = 75 x 8 + 100 = 700 lbs
-Density of water is .036 lbs/inch^3
-700 lbs will displace 19,444 inch^3 of water
-40 x 60 x Depth = 19,444 inch^3
-Depth = 8 inch - this is how much the boat will sink with all sailors aboard
-Recommended raft height is 14 inches - leaves 6 inches above water
-If we opt for a longer boat, we can reduce the height.

                  Our next meetings are April 15th and 29th, so check back in to see what we are up to in Navigators!!

                  NoVES Navigator Year in Review

                  Check out our video of activities for 2017!

                  NoVES Navigators (Chapter 99) have been an active troop since summer of 2015. We have three Scout leaders and plan an event every month during the school year. The age range for our Navigators is first through sixth grade and currently about 20 Scouts are enrolled in our chapter.

                  We earned 6 badges our first year/18 months 2015-2016 and  9 badges in 2017.  Our last badge ceremony was in January 2018.  We are undertaking a huge STEM inspired project in the Spring of 2018.  We are learning about buoyancy, structural integrity, rowing and teamwork as we prepare to enter the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink in Fairfax this June! 

                  2017 Badges: 

                  • Map Reading
                  • Safety
                  • Climbing
                  • Hikes
                  • Charity & Volunteering
                  • Skating

                  2018 Badges:

                  • Camping
                  • Water Conservation
                  • Moral Compass
                  • Sewing
                  • Knots
                  • Minecraft
                  • Arts & Crafts
                  • Space
                  • Performing Arts

                  Questions? Contact for more information.

                  Upcoming events

                    • Sunday, June 03, 2018
                    • 11:00 AM
                    • Lake Accotink Springfield, VA

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                    The NoVES Navigator's Troop #99 will be participating in the 2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta to be held on the morning of June 3rd at Lake Accotink during Springfield Days.

                    We invite spectators to come out and cheer on the SS NaviGATOR as she and her Gator Crew attempt to win the race! This is part of an ongoing STEM Badge project we are executing this year. Scouts will be earning their Rafting and Paddle Sports Badges.


                  Past events

                  Sunday, April 22, 2018 Earth Day Stream Cleanup - Sunday School April Service Project
                  Sunday, February 25, 2018 Navigators - Structural Design Meeting
                  Sunday, October 22, 2017 Rocket Competition
                  Sunday, September 24, 2017 Canoeing
                  Saturday, September 16, 2017 Stargazing
                  Sunday, September 03, 2017 Summer Picnic

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