Northern Virginia Ethical Society (NoVES)


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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


Over the 1st half of this year,  the NOVES Navigators undertook a huge STEM Project to build a cardboard raft capable of holding up to 8 Navi"GATOR" sailors.  They learned about buoyancy, structural integrity, engineering, drafting, rowing and teamwork along the way.   The scouts were able to earn their Rafting and Paddle Sports Badges during the execution of the project.  The Cardboard Boat Regatta took place on a very rainy Sunday at Lake Accotink in Fairfax.  The weather did not dampen our spirits, the Gator Crew was energetic and ready to compete!  They took 1st Place in both of the races they participated in, both the School/Scout Group Category and the 14 & Under Category.  Let's hear it for those Gators!!

NoVES Dad, Sound Team Member and Navigators co-leader of Troop #99, Kevin Castellucci spearheaded this STEM project.  Kevin is an engineer for NASA and his scientific knowledge was an immeasurable asset to our kids as he prepared them for the race!   Please enjoy the video below which summarizes the different stages of the project over the course of the last 6 months and records on of our rowing victories!  

NoVES Navigator Year in Review

2018 Cardboard Boat Regatta

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

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Upcoming events

    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Falls Church, VA

    Sunday April 7th is our Annual Stream Cleanup!

    Lets get those ethical kids outside and take care of the Earth by cleaning up a local stream. 


    Do not report to Sunday School at Green Hedges that day.  Instead wear some rubber boots and old clothes and go directly to the great outdoors with your child at 10:30 am.  (Location will be sent via email) 

    Trash bags, rubber gloves and a pizza lunch will be provided by your hosts, The Ballandersons.  Please register so we know how much pizza to order.

    *Bringing a clean, dry change of clothes is recommended, including socks*

Past events

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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