Thursday, January 5, 2012

Chapter 13's December Meeting: Hiking at Harriman

Chapter 13 was fortunate to have a beautiful hike in Harriman for the December meeting.  Co-Leader Trevor mapped out the route and planned a scavenger hunt for the trip.  The kids got to show off their navigating skills, finding trail markers and following the planned route.  A great time was had by all.

Chapter 13's Second Meeting: Pizzamaking and Getting to Know Each Other

For our second meeting, Chapter 13 got together at Co-Leader Rachel's house for an afternoon of pizza-making, competitive and co-operative building with blocks, and just generally getting to know each other.

We also started thinking about a name for a group.  Some of our members are worried about having a unlucky number, but I've always thought of 13 as a lucky number! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Navigators Chapter 13 Canned Food Drive - Holiday 2011

On December 17, we held our first-ever canned food drive.  We were fortunate to get permission from Key Food, a local grocery store, to set up a table right out in front of the store.

The food drive was incredibly successful! In addition to donations of over 70 pounds of non-perishable food, Chapter 13 made nearly $200 in donations, which we turned over to City Harvest, a local food pantry.

The scouts had a great time making up their own chants to the tune of christmas carols.  One of our favorites was "Jingle Cans".  Another was "Deck the Halls with Cans of Mackerel".  Special thanks to the shoppers of Astoria for their generosity this holiday season.

Great job, Chapter 13!

Welcome to Our Blog!

I'm proud to present our brand-new for 2012 Navigators Chapter 13 Blog! Come here to see what our scout group has been up to and what we'll be doing next.

For those of you new to the group, Navigators Chapter 13 is one of the newest chapters of Navigators USA, a brand-new scouting group started right here in NYC.  For more information about Navigators USA, check them out on the web at   Navigators is a non-denominational, co-educational religiously tolerant scout group. 

One reason for starting a Navigators chapter is to combat what's sometimes called nature-deficit disorder: the unmet need of today's youth to get outside.  For more on that, take a look at Last Child in the Woods . Another reason is to get kids away from the video games and into some real-life camaraderie through group activities, including service activities.

I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures.  If you'd like to learn more, feel free to email me or commenting on the blog.