A heeler mentor is a Cabin and Trail leader who have volunteered to counsel heelers, effectively taking some individual(s) "under their wing." To become a heeler mentor, contact the current Heeler chair.
Matching mentors and mentees
An ideal mentor/mentee match is one in which:
- Mentor and mentee share similar interests
- There is regular communication between Mentor and Mentee
- D-plan scheduling allows for continuity of mentor-mentee relation throughout leadership and ascension process
Requirements for heeler mentors
A formal definition of the heeler mentor's responsibilities:
- Monitor mentee's development, providing guidance, support, and assistance where possible
- Act as the primary channel of communication between heeler, heeler chair, and the present leadership,
- Encourage or restrain ambitions of ascension as appropriate
- Attend heeler co-leads and the heeler overnight whenever possible
- Advise the mentee and leadership council regarding progress
Suggestions for heeler mentors
Heeler mentors are encouraged to assist their heeler in any way they can. Some suggestions:
- Get in touch with your mentee(s)! Grab lunch with them, grab a cup of coffee, or lead a trip with them.
- Talk to them about their goals, what they think they need to work on, whatever else is relevant. Answer questions they might have
- Make sure they know what the leader requirements are (see the heeler page).
- Find out where they are in the ascension process. You should know what trips they have co-led/plan on co-leading
- Update the heeler chair about your heeler's progress.
- Come to CnT's "Midterm Meeting" and talk to the rest of the council about your heeler's progress.
- When your heeler is trying to ascend, come to the Ascensions meeting