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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.

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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
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Navigator News


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

CHAPTER SPOTLIGHT ON NAVIGATORS TROOP 99

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!  https://noves.org/Navigators

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


Questions? Contact navigators@noves.org for more information.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Diamond Teague Park. 100 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Join Navigators Troop 99 on this free educational boat tour, funded solely by the District's disposable bag fee.  Hear about the river's history, wildlife, environmental threats and the solutions that are helping it realize its full potential 

    The Anacostia River is an 8.5 mile long tidal river within the Anacostia watershed. The Anacostia watershed is 176 square miles and includes parts of the District, and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Nearly one million people live in this watershed, either directly on the Anacostia River or on one of the many streams that connect to it. Whatever happens in any of these streams and communities affects the Anacostia River. 



    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Diamond Teague Park. 100 Potomac Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003
    Register

    Join Navigators Troop 99 on this free educational boat tour, funded solely by the District's disposable bag fee.  Hear about the river's history, wildlife, environmental threats and the solutions that are helping it realize its full potential 

    The Anacostia River is an 8.5 mile long tidal river within the Anacostia watershed. The Anacostia watershed is 176 square miles and includes parts of the District, and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Nearly one million people live in this watershed, either directly on the Anacostia River or on one of the many streams that connect to it. Whatever happens in any of these streams and communities affects the Anacostia River. 



    • Saturday, May 25, 2019
    • 11:00 AM
    • Monday, May 27, 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • The Sweetspot Sweet Spot Lane, Hume, VA 22639

    The Navigators are going camping!  If you wish to join us, please contact DEE, Kimberly Nyilasi and she will inquire for space at the campground.  Please check out the listing for more details

     The Sweetspot  



Past events

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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