What Is a Mentor?
A Mentor is a Dad/Daughter or Dad/Son team that assists the Camp Director in leading activities throughout the campout weekend. With the Camp Director, Mentor teams help execute the campout, insure the safety of all participants and set the enthusiasm level for the weekend.
Mentor teams are vital to HATS program as the Mentor teams set-up and lead games/activities, interact consistently with participant teams to drive the campout’s theme, and serve as an extension of the HATS leadership team to the participants. Without a certain number of dedicated Mentor teams per campout, a HATS campout cannot take place.
Why Should You Mentor a HATS Campout?
When you are a Mentor, you will discover what “Mentor Magic” really is. From leading an activity, to witnessing a Dad/Daughter or Dad/Son team build their communication skills, or helping someone to face and overcome their fears, mentoring is truly the “Magic” of the HATS program.
Mentoring is often the first opportunity a Daughter or Son may have to serve in a leadership role not just for the younger participants, but for the Dads as well. HATS provides Mentors a safe environment to step out of their comfort zone and to have numerous leadership opportunities throughout the program.
How Do You Become a Mentor?
You are eligible to serve as a Mentor and part of a campout staff after you have attended a specific campout as a participant. To become a Mentor, please attend a Mentor Magic meeting at the beginning of either the Fall or Spring campout season and sign up to Mentor a campout(s) that you would like to Mentor. Or contact Chris Bowles (Daughters Program) or Alan Gant (Sons Program) and let them know you would like to Mentor a campout. You can also contact Megan Murray, director of administration.
Prior to each campout as Mentor, you will attend a Mentor Meeting approximately a 1.5 weeks prior to the first campout date where the theme of the campout will be discussed and various assignments and tasks for the campout will be assigned buy the Camp Director to the Mentor teams.