The Mentor Experience

Mentoring with BOLT offers former leaders a way to remain involved in the BOLT community and simultaneously strengthen their leadership skills. A BOLT mentor is a former leader who has volunteered to instruct a small group of new BOLT leaders in technical and group facilitation skills throughout the spring semester.

Former BOLT leaders can choose to participate in trainings as full-time or part-time mentors. A full-time mentor commits to attending each Wednesday leader training and working with a second mentor partner as the leader of a home-group, or small group of new leaders. A part-time mentor participates fully early in the semester, and is required to come to fewer meetings as the semester progresses.

Mentors have the opportunity to lead a spring training trip for new BOLT leaders. This opportunity is available to both part-time and full-time mentors, but preference is given to full time mentors. Typically held two weeks following spring break*, the spring training trip is a five-day backpacking trip in the Delaware Water Gap, NJ. For mentors, leading a trip is a way to continue to practice the leadership skills developed during their BOLT trainings and form another BOLT community.

*The timeline each year varies slightly. We try to go as late as possible without conflicting with religious holidays and spring weekend dates (when our director is needed on-campus).

Being a mentor requires no formal application. To become a mentor, you will be asked to attend a mentor prep meeting in early February.

Steering Committee

During the fall semester, our leaders/mentors can also give their feedback on the BOLT program through steering committee meetings.

Steering Committee is an opportunity for current and past BOLT leaders to reflect on the state of the program. Held each Monday of the fall semester, Steering Committee brings together BOLT leaders, BOLT managers, and the program’s director to discuss changes they hope to implement. Ultimately, the Steering Committee assumes major responsibility for the administration and management of the program.

Steering Committee is open to all current and former BOLT leaders regardless of past participation in BOLT training, and is a great way to stay connected with the community. Come by to share your ideas!

Base Camp

Whether or not they have mentored in previous semesters, former BOLT leaders are invited to attend base camp during both the spring training trip and the fall BOLT trip. Base camp participants stay at a single campsite throughout the trips, available in case of any emergency problems. Each year, base campers are an integral feature of the trips, providing anything from urgent medical care to forgotten cookware. Whether or not BOLT has remained a part of your life following your time as a BOLT leader, come out to base camp- we’d love to have you!