Feb 12, 2013 - Elle Smith
Does the mentor need pre-approval from the committee?
Previously, my son has worked with an Eagle Scout who happens to be a Mechanical Engineer for a well known space exploration company. I feel it would be rude of me to ask this rocket scientist to seek committee approval in order to mentor my child on the subjects of STEM.
Feb 12, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Elle - The mentor needs to be approved by the council, not the unit committee. This isn't so much to verify his knowledge, but to ensure the safety of the scouts with whom he works.
I assume that Eagle Scout your son worked with is an adult. Unless he is a registered BSA member, he should not be working with scouts as a NOVA mentor, merit badge counselor, or other such counselor role since he's not been checked by the BSA and has not completed Youth Protection training.
Feb 12, 2013 - jay
My council is requiring the mentor to go through merit badge counselor training, right now there is no BSA registration code for nova mentor. Suggest the Eagle scout to go through the training and offer to be a mentor. I'm sure a new code will be coming soon. That way your son has someone has review his work. A great deal of work is done before the mentor, is pin and electives.
Feb 21, 2013 - Elle Smith
May 20, 2013 - Dawn
Is there an application to become a mentor? I am not having much luck finding out the process...Thanks!