AdministratorSeptember 29, 2020 at 3:14 pm
We are pushing hard to connect each boy with a mentor. What resources are available to hand to a mentor to help them understand what we expect of them and what their role is supposed to be. Basically a mentors handbook. this is especially important for mentors that are not a part of the weekly ministry, such as a man from the church, uncle, etc.
MemberOctober 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Congratulations! You’ve been chosen to serve as a Battalion Mentor. To fulfill this exciting experience you should:
Commit to helping that young man grow spiritually and being an example for him. Seek to have a positive impact on his life. Developing this relationship is as valuable as the achievement material he is working on. This will take time, require sensitivity, and demand plenty of attention.
Work with him until he completes and entire unit. It will take 2-6 months. Meet with him at least 7 or 8 times for about 10-20 minutes each. Augment these times with informal meetings and phone calls.
Look at Adventure Trails. There are six adventures: You and Your Faith, You and God’s Word, You and Prayer, You Serving Others, You Building Others, and You Telling Others. Within each there are 7 or 8 action steps.
Discuss the material with him (one per meeting), after he has done each Action Step. He may have questions for you. Don’t feel like you must be an expert. Listen and allow him to talk. Help him feel at ease. The 15-20 minutes of Battalion squad meetings can be used for this purpose.
Initiate interaction with him whenever possible. Because you have been chosen by him to be his mentor, you can encourage him even when he has not completed an Action Step. Find out what you can do to help.
Be a learner yourself. Notice the Bible memory verses. Try to quote them to him before he says them to you. Allow him to make as many mistakes as you make. Do the Bible studies on your own so you are familiar with them.
Allow him to do the work. Ask yourself, “Has he completed it to his ability, even though it may not be perfect?” When finished, sign in his book. Look at the next Action Step and determine when you’ll meet next. Pray together.
Figure Out if you will need to provide some extrinsic incentive (a reward) to help him finish the unit. These young men are busy and will get distracted. Keep a positive attitude, even when he may appear to be losing interest. You can work along with him in things on which he does not understand. This may be of great encouragement to him.
Report back to the Battalion Leadership when all is completed. Keep adequate records and turn them in. Another man may be his mentor in his next achievement adventure. Pray for him as he continues.
MemberOctober 14, 2020 at 12:00 am
The above was from one of the old achievement books but is a good starting point.
AdministratorOctober 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm
This is great! It may end up as part of an actual mentor certification that we have slated to be built. 🙂
MemberOctober 15, 2020 at 7:57 pm
@davegregg one of the things we do when a new mentor comes on I setup a meeting with them and go over the whole program one-to-one.
AdministratorOctober 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Thanks Dave! @JoshGregg , Dave Taylor is a great resource as you are setting up our mentoring process.
Dave, we are going to set up two zoom calls. We have 25 mentors to try to orient, educate, and help. So one by one would take us all year! In future years we will hopefully have less orientation to do, but this is really the first time we are implementing the mentoring component.
MemberOctober 26, 2020 at 12:55 pm
The wording posted was slightly shortened from the brochure that came with the 1996 published Adventure Trails. I’m attaching a scanned copy of that brochure, titled You Can Mentor Him. Yes that’s Ron Rynd on the smaller photo, and Brian Eisentraut (Camp Hemlock Director) on the larger photo surrounded by text. Note that any reprint would have to change the CSB PO and city address, as well as the Fax number and Email address. Yes, rewrite would involve reassigning some terms. Action Steps are now Adventures in Quest for Manhood, and ReAct, ProAct and InterAct are now Trail Notes, Action and Encounter. This was written for new mentors and should still be used.
AdministratorOctober 26, 2020 at 1:20 pm
Thank you so much Arden!
MemberOctober 27, 2020 at 12:02 am
MemberNovember 12, 2020 at 1:54 am
I will also be talking about mentoring in my workshop at the Leadership Advance this weekend.
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