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Moral Compass

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

Here is the article that ran in the National Navigators Newsletter:


Navigators Troop 99 began in June of 2015 with the support of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society. Their support helps to fund our badge programs and provides us a place to perform and to hold our badge ceremonies.  Our Troop currently has 12 very active scouts who range in age from 5-12.  The Troop leaders are Patrick Savage, Rolando Rivera, Kevin Castellucci and the NOVES DEE, Kimberly Nyilasi.  However, ALL of our scout parents attend EVERY event with their children.  We have strong focus on family, friendship and fellowship within the group.  Our troop strives to hold one event per month, primarily focused on nature and the outdoors.  The children of our troop are all also members of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society’s Sunday School, which affords us an opportunity for fellowship and friendship building outside of troop gatherings.  We also use the afternoons after platform to hold many of our badge events, freeing our weeknights for extracurricular and school activities.  NOVES also provides us space on their website and FB page in which to show our scout activities and encourage other families to join in on the fun!

Our first badge ceremony was held in January 2017.  Our troop had been active for 18 months and we had earned 8 badges (Moral Compass, Map Reading, Hiking, Climbing, Safety, Safety, Skating, Charity and Volunteering).  During this first ceremony, we began the tradition of holding an annual Badge Ceremony during the NOVES Winter Festival.  We show a video summary of our activities throughout the year and recognize the children with a round of applause from the society!  The Charities Committee with the consent of the Board generously performs a collection during the Festival to benefit the Navigators in their pursuit of badges during that calendar year.  We use the funds to rent campgrounds, pay fees, provide supplies and purchase our badges.  By our second badge ceremony in January 2018, we had purchased shirts and sashes and had began to look more like an official troop!  That year we earned 9 badges (Camping, Sewing, Water Conservation, Space, Knots, Minecraft, Swimming, Cycling, and Arts & Crafts).  We also had decided as a troop to undertake a HUGE STEM project in 2018 that would take half of the year to complete.  We designed a craft and entered the Cardboard Boat Regatta as Team NaviGATOR.  And we won both of our races!  We held our most recent badge ceremony just this past week, February 2019 and this time we earned 6 badges (Rafting, Paddle Sports, Survival, Geocaching, Performing Arts)

The 2019 Scout Year is off to a robust start!  8 scouts attended a Camp In at the Maryland Science Center on 2/1/19.  They earned a special patch, awarded by the Science Center, for their participation in several STEM classes.  We will be meeting soon to plan the rest of our year, including our annual camping trip and our troop’s decision to re-enter the Regatta a 2nd time. 

NoVES Navigator Year in Review

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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, September 26, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)

    NoVES Saturday Afternoon at the Movies- Inherit the Wind

    When: Saturday, September 26, 2020 2:00 – 5:00 PM, EDT


    The next NoVES Movie Series Discussion event will be held Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 PM.  This is a movie showing via Zoom followed by a discussion.  It will start by broadcasting the movie so that we may watch it together. The movie itself is 2 hours 7 minutes.

    If you have already seen the movie, you may join the Zoom Meeting at around 4:15 PM to join the discussion.

    EVENT DETAILS:  Inherit the Wind (1960) (suitable for older children)

    This movie would be interesting to children and others interested in science and the conflict that can occur between religious ideas and science.

    Inherit the Wind covers an iconic moment in American history when a teacher is arrested and put on trial for teaching evolution, the “Scopes Monkey Trial”.  The events in the movie took place in 1925.  In 1960 when the movie was made, many Americans thought that this issue had been largely settled and the controversy about teaching evolution was in the past.  In the decades to follow, Creationism became a religious movement opposed to evolution and it has gained political power.

    Knowledge of the “Scopes Monkey Trial” and the controversy of teaching evolution is part of the foundation of American humanist thought.     

    IMDB includes this summary of the movie:

    Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

    Teacher B.T. Cates is arrested for teaching Darwin's theories. Famous lawyer Henry Drummond defends him; fundamentalist politician Matthew Brady prosecutes. This is a very thinly disguised rendition of the 1925 "Scopes monkey trial" with debates between Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan taken largely from the transcripts.

    The Zoom link for the movie showing and discussion is included below.

    I look forward to showing this movie and the discussion.

    Leader Randy Best is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Movie: Inherit the Wind

    Time: Sep 26, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Past events

Saturday, September 19, 2020 Stargazing-Quarantine Style
Sunday, April 26, 2020 Annual Stream Cleanup - Sunday School Service Project
Saturday, May 25, 2019 Memorial Weekend Camping Trip
Sunday, May 05, 2019 2nd Sailing - Navigators ANACOSTIA RIVER TOUR
Sunday, May 05, 2019 1st sailing - Navigators ANACOSTIA RIVER TOUR - BOOKED FULL
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Annual Stream Cleanup - Sunday School Service Project
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase
Friday, February 01, 2019 Navigators Camp-In at the Maryland Science Center
Sunday, June 03, 2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta - NoVES Navigators
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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