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.

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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 so you can discover all the details that go into mentoring!

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.

How to Sign-Up to Mentor a Campout

This Fall we will have a new way to sign up for mentoring campouts, through a site called Membership Toolkit (MTK). Below are the steps you need to get registered with the site and sign up to mentor a campout or even volunteer for a kick-off party or help in the office! Sign-ups are all on a first come, first serve basis.

Here’s what you need to do to get set up on the HATS Volunteer website:

  1. Click the Mentor Now button below, which will take you to the Membership Toolkit (MTK) website.
  2. Click on the Register/Loginbutton at the top of the left sidebar. This process needs to be completed by the dad. Since HATS is a dad/child organization we need for his information to be first due to how the system works.
  3. If you DO have an account ID with MTK from another organization:
    1. Just log in as a returning user.
    2. It will still make you fill out the contact information as if you are a new user since what is collected can vary by organization.
  4. If you DO NOTalready have an account ID from another group that uses MTK:
    1. Please select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email, and password information.
      1. Please make sure that the email address you use is the one you normally use for HATS.
    2. Click “verify my email” and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
    3. Once you have verified your email address, log back in.
  5. Everyone has to finish the registration process after they have logged in:
    1. Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information
    2. Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
    3. Once these forms are complete, you will be presented with forms for Volunteer Opportunities, including Mentoring.
      1. Fill out the “How did you hear about HATS?”form near the bottom of the page
      2. To Mentor, click on the FALLMentor form and fill out what campouts you would like to mentor – there are specific spots for students in the WLA program
  6. If you or your child’s mom is interested in volunteering in other aspects of HATS, please fill out the Volunteer Survey form
  7. Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User (the dad) can “invite” other email addressesto access his/her account. This allows the Secondary User (the mom) to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.

Questions? – Please don’t hesitate to contact us at vc@highadventuretreks.org

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