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Mentorship

BCMC is pleased to announce the launch of its Mentorship Program for the Summer 2022 Season (May-Sep). Starting April 15, 2022, we will be accepting Mentor and Mentee applications for mountain sports such as Mountaineering and Alpine Climbing, Rock Climbing (Trad, Sport, Bouldering), and Hiking.

The primary objective of the Mentorship Program is to provide BCMC members access and opportunity to learn and practice skills in a safe and trusting environment. The program will also help Mentors and Mentees enhance competencies and confidence in the chosen mountain sport. 

Mentorship is not a replacement for formal guiding or training, and Mentors are not certified mountain guides. Mentees are encouraged to augment their skills development with formal training independently or through BCMC training events.  

COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

Mentors and Mentees must follow provincial and regional guidelines and take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

EXPECTATIONS FROM A MENTOR:

  • Is an active BCMC Member with BCMC Waiver Status as Current
  • Can commit to at least one mentorship trip per month or four trips during the season (May-Sep). Based on feedback from the previous Mentorship Program, we encourage Mentors to post trips with tentative dates for the entire season by the end of May 2022. Planning trips in advance will help Mentees sign up for the trips and avoid scheduling conflicts.
  • Can attend Mentee-Mentor meetup for potential Mentors and Mentees on May 3, 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm at The Anza Club. All potential Mentors will be notified about the Meetup by April 29, 2022.
  • Has appropriate and adequate skills and experience in the chosen mountain sport
  • Creates a safe and trusting learning environment for the Mentee(s)
  • Respect the Mentee’s preferences shared as part of the application process
  • Is willing to share expertise and open to learning from the mentorship experience
  • Can provide honest and constructive feedback to the Mentee(s)
  • Owns required gear to lead a trip for the chosen mountain sport
  • Is responsible for getting to the meetup point for mentorship trips

EXPECTATIONS FROM A MENTEE:

  • Is an active BCMC Member with BCMC Waiver Status as Current
  • Can commit to at least one mentorship trip per month or four trips during the season (May-Sep). BCMC will encourage Mentors to post trips with tentative dates for the entire season by May 31, 2022. If you cannot join at least four of these trips during the season, BCMC will reconsider your participation in the program. If you sign up for trips and don’t show up or cancel on short notice without any valid justification, you will not be eligible to apply for future BCMC Mentorship programs.
  • Can attend Mentee-Mentor meetup for potential Mentors and Mentees on May 3, 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm at The Anza Club. All potential Mentees will be notified about the Meetup by April 29, 2022.
  • Respect the Mentor’s preferences shared as part of the application process
  • Has identified at least one developmental goal for the season
  • Is open to receiving constructive feedback and willing to learn from the mentorship experience
  • Owns or can rent required gear related to chosen mountain sport
  • Is responsible for getting to the meetup point for mentorship trips

MENTOR-MENTEE PAIRING PROCESS:

Based on the feedback we received from the pilot program, we will have a two-step pairing process this season. 

Step 1: BCMC Mentorship team will review the applications and shortlist a list of potential mentors and mentees based on: 

  • Goals: what do the mentor and Mentee want to achieve from this program? 

  • Skills: what is the skill level of the mentor and Mentee in the chosen mountain sport?

  • Preferences: are there any preferences provided by the mentor or Mentee?

  • Mentor Availability: do we have mentors available to be paired with mentees in a given sport and skill level?

All potential Mentors and Mentees selected for the meetup will be notified by April 29, 2022. 

Step 2: Mentor-Mentee Meetup on May 3, 2022, at The Anza Club:

  • The goal is to provide Mentors and Mentees in a given mountain sport to meet each other and discuss goals, preferences, fitness/skill level, etc.

  • Mentors and Mentees will have an opportunity to have a 1:1 discussion.

  • We will also have a Q&A session about the program, expectations, required support, etc.

BCMC Mentorship team will work with Mentors to finalize the list of Mentees and send out the final communication on Mentor-Mentee pairs by May 10, 2022.

MENTOR INCENTIVES:

Mentors who complete the mentorship program will be eligible for the following incentives at the end of the program: 

  • BCMC Pro Discount Program for a year

  • Up to 50% reimbursement (maximum of $200) on any guided instructional course that you take within a year of completing the mentorship program 

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Q&A:

BCMC will host an online Q&A session on April 19, 2022, 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm PDT, to answer questions about the Mentorship Program. The Q&A session is open to any BCMC member interested in joining the Mentorship Program as a Mentee or a Mentor. 

APPLICATION FORMS:

Applications must be received by 11:59 pm PDT on April 25, 2022. 

KEY DATES:

  • April 15, 2022 - 07:00 am, applications open
  • April 19, 2022 - Online (Zoom) Q&A, 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm PDT. Sign up if you are interested in becoming a Mentee or a Mentor and have questions about the program
  • April 25, 2022 - 11:59 pm PDT, applications close
  • April 29, 2022 - Communication to all potential Mentors and Mentees selected for the Mentor-Mentee meetup 
  • May 3, 2022 - Mentor-Mentee meetup at The Anza Club
  • May 10, 2022 - Communication to all Mentors and Mentees selected for the BCMC Mentorship Summer Season 2022
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