The Navigators (ages 11-13) are lead by a Trailmaster who may also work with Trailguides to deliver some of the curriculum, and provide oversight of the program as boys learn to lead themselves. This learned leadership comes by accepting responsibilities within the unit and learning to work together as a team. Leadership is also learned through service projects and helping other people.
Advancement in this program is focused on mastering a series of required badges, elective badges and completing service hours.
During their three years in the Navigators program the boys work on rank advancement. Their ranks represent a growing ability to operate comfortably, safely, and confidently in the outdoors. These skills will form the foundation of later adventures and teach important life lessons in character development.
Navigators participate in a true outdoor program with hiking, camping, and other activities. They are in more of a learning mode, developing their core skills with adequate supervision and easing gracefully into camping by patrols. As they climb through the ranks of Journey Trailman, Able Trailman, and Ready Trailman, they will lay a safe and comfortable foundation for the challenges of the Adventurers Program.
Navigators have nine required Trail Badges they must complete. Ideally, the Trail Badges will be taught over an 18-month period with the goal of covering each Trail Badge twice in the three year Navigators experience.
The Ridgeline Award is the capstone award for the Navigators program. It is awarded to the Navigator Trailman who earns the Ready Trailman Rank, completes a community service/Area project, and earns the Navigators Worthy Life Award. It is one of the only awards from the Navigators that can permanently be worn on his Troop Uniform.
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