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  • Venturing Mentor Pin

    I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Silver Award ceremony this weekend. It was for an outstanding young lady who staffed my NYLT course last fall. She's become quite the role model and a mover and shaker in our Council's Venturing program. She comes from a scouting family and can out-scout most boys I know. I was surprised and honored that she called me forward to present me with a Venturing Mentor pin. I have three Eagle Scout Mentor pins, but not a Venturing pin. I typically try to keep my uniform low key, but I do wear each of my mentor pins along with my Eagle Scout father pin on the left pocket flap. Do I look like a general from a banana republic? Probably. But if a boy....or girl thinks enough of me to consider me a mentor and honors me with a pin, I'm not going to disrespect them by not wearing it.

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    Congrats on getting the pin!

    I have a question, though. I seem to recall some time ago when they first started making the Venturing Mentor pin available, that there was some discussion of the requirements for earning the pin, complaints that BSA had put out the pin without the requirements for earning it. I don't think anyone knew for sure if there WERE requirements, of what exactly the pin was for. For my own part, I wondered if the pin was just that: a mentor pin just like the Eagle Mentor pin. Does anyone know for certain?

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  • #3
    BTW, SR540, congratulations! Mentor pins tell a great story, be they on a field uniform, the lapel of a jacket, the ribbon from a staff, or the arm of a camp chair!

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    • #4
      dhendron, that's an interesting question. But to me, it would be/should be like an Eagle mentor pin. I can't see such a pin being something that you fulfill requirements to be awarded. Someone either considers you their mentor or doesn't and uses it to recognize your contribution to their life. We have plenty of awards and knots that come with requirements. Mentor isn't one of them.

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      • dhendron
        dhendron commented
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        I completely agree! I just seem to recall (and found some notes to the effect) that there were going to be requirements for the pin from comments on this forum (the comments being a gripe that National had issued the pin without the requirements for earning it). I recall thinking at the time that I hoped not, that it would be the same as the Eagle Mentor pin, perhaps given out to helpful individuals by a Silver recipient at his or her Court of Honor. I have lots of Eagle Mentor pins, and would be honored by any Scout who felt I had been helpful to him or her. Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    • #5
      SR540 It is always an honor to get a mentor pin from a scout who holds you in high esteem. I would rather wear the five I have received over the years than any training awards I have, including WoodBadge. Congrats

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      • #6
        I would be interested to see it. I know there was a Mentoring program that was due for release but was cancelled before that happened. I thought the pins (rectangular and bronze colored) were for that. I can't seem to find them anywhere now that my daughter got her silver and wanted to present one at her CoH. Instead she made one herself in her jewelry class that she will present.

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        • SR540Beaver
          SR540Beaver commented
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          Well I thought I'd be clever and search images on Google and link to a picture of one. Guess what, can't find one. A Google search did take me to this document on the BSA website, http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pd...6_Section2.pdf. It lists the pin without a picture and even gives an item number. I went to scoutstuff and entered the item number. Nothing. It is bronze and it is rectangular'ish. The corners are not square. It's massive compared to the Eagle mentor pin. Not sure where the young lady who presented me with one got it. We do have an national scout shop in our council. Maybe it is old stock. Now I'm even prouder to have it as it appears to be a rare find!!! LOL

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        Venturing Mentor pin, No. 14713; cloth strip, No. 18159; for completion of Mentoring Others course. I don't think they ever released that course... I found one now thatks to you! It was in a drawer at the Scout shop and not on the list, but it di have a price in he system - just no way to look itup ifyou did not know about it. will try post a picture. Wear it proudly SR540Beaver!

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      • #8
        Venturing Mentor pin, No. 14713

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        • SR540Beaver
          SR540Beaver commented
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          Yep, that's it!

      • #9
        SR540 I was at that ceremony also and you are correct, she is always a pleasure to have along with our Crew on a couple occasions.
        " Someone either considers you their mentor or doesn't and uses it to recognize your contribution to their life." A truer statement has never been said. Wear the pin with pride & congrats!! A special recognition from a special Venturer.

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        • SR540Beaver
          SR540Beaver commented
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          Thank you!

      • #10
        I had to laugh after all this discussion about the pin that I received one from a Silver recipient at his Silver Award presentation. I wear it quite proudly on my uniform even though the thing is as big as a house (okay, not quite that big...but still pretty darn big), along with my own Eagle Dad pin (not one of these guys that wears all the Eagle Mentor pins received over the year...gad, where would I put them? I have way too much stuff on the uniform as it is!).

        Whatever the original intent of the pin, I like how it is being used now. Our Crew bought out the meager supply from our Council (they are not ordering any more) in case anyone else wants to give them out at their award ceremony).

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