Tamassee Navigators

Citizenship – A Better Way to Achieve Your Dreams

Good citizenship is the better way to navigate through life. Citizenship means we feel connected and obligated to the common good. When everyone embraces good citizenship, then we live in happy and productive communities. We experience love and fulfillment.

Great Americans give us example of citizenship and how it improves everyone’s lives. Whether it’s Abraham Lincoln or Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony or Martin Luther King, there are many exemplary Americans who show us how good citizenship makes our country and world a much better place. Even fictional heroes like Captain America can guide our way.

Tamassee Navigators – A Citizenship Program

Tamassee Navigators is Tamassee DAR School’s program to teach good citizenship, the skills and values to help students achieve their dreams.  The program’s symbol is a compass.  Just like a compass helps people navigate to their destination, so citizenship helps them find their way in life.

How Does Navigators Work?

Tamassee Navigators is all about guiding youth into good citizenship and rewarding them for their progress. In life hard work and good choices pay off, so Tamassee Navigators rewards students and their cottage for learning and practicing good citizenship. Through personal achievements and cottage competition, they’ll become an exceptional citizen. Here’s how Navigators works.

Pins – Achievements in Citizenship

Students can earn a variety of pins for their achievements in each of the four principles of citizenship.  Although they are not limited to these, a guide with specific examples is provided to each student so they have some clarity in the requirements.  They’ll need to document their work and have a staff person sign off on it. When pins are earned, they will be presented during a citizenship town hall assembly.  The students will place their pin on their Navigator’s sash. Each pin has an animal symbol for its principle.

Tiers – Moving Up the Ranks of Citizenship

As students earn citizenship pins, they’ll progress through three tiers. Each tier comes with rewards and helps their cottage in the Citizens Cup competition. Tier attainment must be maintained by continued good citizenship, and they can fall back in their tier if they regress in citizenship.

The first tier is the Pilgrim. To earn the Pilgrim tier, students must be at Tamassee for one month and they need to earn at least one pin in each of the four citizenship principles. Pilgrim pins are easy to earn and focus on individual achievements. Pilgrim pins are bronze.




The second tier is the Pioneer. To achieve Pioneer rank, you must earn twelve pins, with at least two in each of the four citizenship principles. Pioneer pins focus on cottage and individual achievements, and they are silver.




The third and final tier is the Patriot. To reach the Patriot tier, students must earn sixteen pins, at least three in each of the four citizenship principles. Patriot pins will focus on their future, involvement beyond Tamassee, and maturing into a young adult. Patriot pins are gold.




Rewards – Incentives for Citizenship

Each month there will be a Good Citizens Outing. When a student achieves a new tier, they will always go on the outing. Students who maintain good grades, earn at least four cottage commendations for good citizenship that month, and have no significant behavior setbacks will also go on the outing.

Earning pins and achieving rank will also receive cottage points for the Citizens Cup.

The Citizens Cup – Bragging Rights for a Year

Each year at Awards Day in May, the Citizens Cup will be awarded to the cottage that earns the most citizenship points during the year.  Each cottage will win points as the students and their cottage mates earn citizenship pins and good grades, reach goals in their Comprehensive Care Plans, and practice good citizenship on campus. The winning cottage each year will be awarded an incredible overnight trip! Each student in the winning cottage will receive a special pin to wear on their sash. The Citizens Cup will travel from winning cottage to winning cottage each year, so they’ll have twelve months of bragging rights!

What Makes a Good Citizen?

Tamassee believes four principles make good citizens. When these principles are practiced, they lead to success for you, our community, and our country. The principles are courage, dignity, passion, and service. Here’s a bit of what they are about.



Courage means overcoming life’s challenges. It’s symbolized by the wolf. When we face difficulties and injustice, we respond with bravery and hard work. We find solutions and stand up for freedom and justice. We fight for freedom when necessary. Those who practice courage say:

  • I face difficulties with bravery and tenacity.
  • I identify my physical, educational, emotional, and social challenges.
  • I work harder and smarter to overcome my challenges.
  • I work to improve my life and the lives of others.
  • I stand up to injustice.
  • I will fight for my nation’s freedom, when needed.
  • I never give up.


Dignity means we treat ourselves and others with respect. It’s symbolized by the eagle. The Creator makes us all equal, and that means he gives each of us incredible worth. So we treat everyone according to their true value. Those who practice dignity say:

  • I embrace my own God-given value.
  • I acknowledge others’ God-given worth.
  • I believe we are all equal.
  • I handle disagreements and conflict with civility.
  • I am proud to be my own person, and I am true to myself.
  • I honor others’ freedom and let them be their own person.
  • I value diversity and believe diversity makes us stronger and better.


Passion means living with hope and happiness. It’s symbolized by the horse. We look at our lives and world with positivity and optimism, and we pursue our interests and passions. We welcome an adventure, and we cultivate our spirituality. Those who practice passion say:

  • I look at my life with optimism.
  • I live with positivity.
  • I am hopeful about my future.
  • I take my own adventures.
  • I pursue my own passions and interests.
  • I choose to be happy.
  • I cultivate spirituality.


Service means we serve causes greater than ourselves. It’s symbolized by the bee. We advocate for others’ dignity. We respond with compassion to those in need and work to make the world a better place. We give back and pay it forward. We participate in the democratic process in our country. Those who practice service say:

  • I look for needs and causes I care about.
  • I serve those needs and causes in tangible ways.
  • I advocate for those who are denied their God-given rights.
  • I live with compassion, kindness, and honor.
  • I give back to those who have given to me.
  • I am knowledgeable about my government and current issues.
  • I listen to others and voice my opinions respectfully in discussion and debate.
  • I participate in the democratic process.