"Encounter 2013" offers an out-of-town experience for 3 days and 2 nights which allows time for social interaction and group dynamics to gel. This team building is further encouraged as GVSU students mix with other NAV college students form universities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky (the "Great Lakes Region"). At the conference, there are scheduled events for the NAVS at GVSU to compete in friendly activities including volleyball, frisbee golf, soccer, creative craft competitions, euchre tournaments, and more. These events are well planned and outlined online and on a printed schedule of events. Last year's website (www.greatlakesnavigators.com) has great examples of those events and lists the workshops related to NAV Traditions.
This annual collegiate conference is a tradition of The Navigators since the early days of it's origin in the 1940's. The speakers will speak on the NAVS various elements of "The Wheel" basics that the founder, Dawson Trotman, invented which illustrates the Organizations core value as stated in their motto: To Know Christ and to Make Him Known. This will enrich the student's understanding of the NAVS historical roots and give new appreciation for The Navigator's current direction both locally and world-wide.
Anna Eberly, NAVS President at GVSU