The Church Council voted on Nov. 20 to co-charter a local Navigators chapter with the Unitarian Universalist Church. Navigators is a Scout-alternative organization that welcomes all children and adult leaders regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.
To be a charter organization, we agreed to help administer the program. The UU church is providing the space for meetings and activities. A group of adults has been meeting regularly for the past couple of months to get the local chapter off the ground, assign leaders and gather the supplies we will need. We are starting with a group for 7 to 11 year olds and hope later to expand with a group for 12 to 18 year olds.
An organizing meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church.
Co-chartering does not involve any monetary requirement, but our church might choose to take part in fund-raisers and other ways to help finance the group. We might consider providing “scholarships” for kids who cannot afford the $20 annual dues or the other costs.
By becoming a co-charter organization, we are providing our youth with an opportunity beyond what we can manage on-site. If you are interested in volunteer or donating, or if you know a boy or girl who would like to join, see Pastor Gage or Nolan Newbold.