Church forms 'non-discriminatory' scouting group

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 4:11 PM

OGDEN — The community is invited to an organizational meeting for a new non-discriminatory and non-gender-biased scouting group.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, 705 23rd St.

“With the media on fire with story after story of discrimination against LGBT youth and leaders and atheist/agnostic youth and leaders in Utah’s predominant scouting program, we are recognizing the growing need for a CO-ED, non-discriminatory scouting program in Northern Utah,” states a news release from the church.

Navigators USA is a secular, co-ed group that teaches scouting to children ages 7 to 16, states the news release.

There is no religious agenda, and everyone is welcome to join.

“Although girls in Utah have the option of joining the Girl Scouts, a very fine and fair organization, the only choice for boys in Utah is currently the (Boy Scouts of America), whose practice of discrimination is abhorrent to many,” said the Rev. Theresa Novak of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden.

“Too many young men are kicked out of the BSA when it is discovered that they are gay, bisexual, transgender, agnostic or atheist,” she said. “The UUCO board of trustees has agreed to sponsor this Navigators group because it is in keeping with our religious values. The group will, however, be entirely secular in nature.”

The Monday meeting will be to gather, meet and organize to start a Navigators USA chapter in Ogden.

The event is not being held to enroll any children.

But the community is welcome to come to the meeting if interested in helping with leadership.

Those interested in joining the group may contact the church and they will be enrolled at a later date.

“Please spread this word with any folks you think may be interested,” states the release. “We hope to collect a lovely, diverse set of leaders for this much-needed group.”

More information is available about Navigators USA at

More information about the local group is available at

To contact the church, call 801-394-3338.

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