Seaside is the sponsor of Chapter 198 of Navigators USA on Cape Ann. This is an alternative to scouting with a mission to help children and their parents spend more time outdoors. It encourages people to get to know what nature has to offer while getting to know each other, promoting a sense of community and sustainability.
We want to get the kids to participate in more outdoor activities and put the very significant emphasis on green living sustainability and the environment that we living in. it’s important we are not only maintaining our trails on the inland but also respect the ocean surrounding us, to find a way to give back to our community. Other than that we are also looking forward to having a fun loving group of kids that get together to engage in our activities and benefit the environment.
Navigators USA was founded in 2003 by a group of volunteers who had previously led Boy Scout Troop 103 in East Harlem, 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 organization. They came up with the name and moral compass of Navigators USA, an all gender, secular, non-discriminating scouting alternative. 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. The Navigators USA is 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 Navigators 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 USA?
Navigators USA was created to provide a scouting experience for children who either can’t or don’t want to join the existing scouting organization 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. The Navigators USA is here to teach many of the same skills and values of traditional scouting while emphasizing diversity, inclusion, and group problem-solving. We urge you to review the material on the website, review our handbooks, and consider starting a Chapter in your community. When you start a Navigators Chapter 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.
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
Paul is a founding leader of NavigatorsUSA Chapter 198, a past Cub Scout Leader and current Board Member of Rockport Friends of Scout Hall, Inc. Recognizing that there was a demand among families for a scouting organization separate from the traditional offerings, Paul began to research options for his own family and discovered NavigatorsUSA. Excited to focus on the sort of outdoor activities children join scouting to enjoy without the formality of uniforms and ceremony that traditional scouting programs are known for, Paul reached out to Seaside Sustainability to sponsor the organization, and it was a natural fit with Seaside’s mission.
Franklin applies his years as a youth scout, coupled with his experience as a leader to collaborate on entertaining, educational outdoor experiences with Seaside Sustainability and the active Parent in their NavigatorsUSA Chapter 198. Not comfortable with the term leader, Paul instead chooses to consider him and the rest of the adults guides – suggesting a shared journey, rather than a led one.
Paul F. Franklin grew-up in Rockport, MA where he now lives with his wife and three children. Paul is a board member of Seaside Sustainability and works as a Real Estate Agent with the Motif Realty Group – powered by eXp Realty in Rockport, MA.