An open youth group for the HD8 Area

WHAT are Navigators?

Upper Dearne Valley Navigators is a scouting type group, whose mission is to broaden the scope of young people by encouraging whole families and individuals of all ages to participate in meetings, trips, and activities.

 Upper Dearne Valley Navigators goes beyond youth development and into community development

There is no mandated uniform, nor are there any required ceremonies. 

The programme at the group is developed hand in hand with young peoples’ co-operation

Our 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 presevre our freedom.


Navigator Slogan

 – The more you give the more you get.

Navigator Motto   

– Stay on course.

Navigator Traits    

– Truthful, Respectful, Inclusive, Generous, Dependable, Resourceful, Cooperative.



UK Navigators came from an idea developed in New York, by the leadership of a Scout Group at a Unitarian Church in New York City.

The impetus for Navigators came from a dissatisfaction with the existing provision and its restricted access to membership.

In the USA Navigators has been growing steadily since its inception in  2003.

UDV Navigators arose when long standing Scouters left The Scout Association, but were asked by young people and parents to create an alternative..

Navigators in the UK is a loose gathering of completely autonomous groups following the Ethos of the Navigators idea.

Navigators is not in competition with anyone, it is just an alternative route to open scouting.

Safeguarding and Insurance 

Safeguarding –  Our Adult leaders are DBS checked through Kirklees, our safeguarding training is done through the NSPCC. All our Adults undertake appropriate First Aid Training Insurance – Upper Dearne Vally Navigators holds Public Liability Insurance and Employers Liability Insurance.  Some activities need to be covered through National Governing Body membership by the Instructors – such as with Kayaking and Canoeing, for example.