I'm more sympathetic to mentorship.
I agree we should avoid "checklists" and "policies", etc., which in my experience result in tying my hands as Scoutmaster more than they compel performance in a POR. On the other hand I do see value in the mentor idea in order to "set a scout up for success" when refocusing or starting a troop anew. At the risk of taking some quotes on this thread out of context, here are a couple of examples:
A Committee has three major roles and one minor role:
Major 2: Provide logistical, financial and administrative support to the Troop.
In providing logistical and administrative support, a fully staffed Troop Committee typically has an Equipment Coordinator and a Chaplain. Isn't it reasonable to expect these adults to have some interaction - mentor, if you will - the scout Quartermaster and Chaplain's Aide?
The committee is responsible for the SM guiding the program toward the vision and goals.... I have no problem with them asking questions or suggesting ideas ...
As for who mentors who, it really depends on how much the program is using the patrol method and the maturity of the youth leaders. 11 and 12 year old PLs need a lot more mentoring than 15 year olds. Who does that mentoring depends on the maturity of the older Scouts.
Mentoring is important to our program, but the goal is for most of the mentoring to be done by Scouts.
So, to answer the OP, I would suggest the mentors should approach their role as mentoring future mentors. Not leaders.
I agree in a fully operational troop the prior holders of POR's would guide and mentor the incumbents. But for those troops just starting out, or for established units undergoing a major shift (I can't imagine how a major equipment purchase, e.g., wouldn't require coordination between the adult Equipment Coordinator and the scout Quartermaster) I think temporary mentorship is a worthwhile idea. With a little creativity, I would expect other adult and scout roles could be lined up as well. Not for evaluation, simply for guidance.
Edited by AltadenaCraig, 14 November 2017 - 12:29 PM.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep
but I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.