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Eagle’s Nest: Troop 67 takes on mentoring role

Reprinted from the Northern Star Council Navigator

August 2008

Troop 67 sponsored by Nativity of Our Lord parish in St. Paul’s Macalester Groveland neighborhood, has agreed to serve as a mentor troop in the Eagle’s Nest program. They have started by assisting in starting a pack at St. Agnes. This will follow with a troop program. They are open to assisting other troops as the needs are identified and as their resources allow.

The Eagle’s Nest program, has achieved encouraging results with some St. Paul inner city “at risk” units. The merits of the concept have been proven fully. Eagle’s Nest is a valuable tool to bring a quality Scouting program to boys served by inner city units that don’t have the history or resources (financial, supplies and leadership) that more established and well resourced units have at their disposal.

But, “at risk” units exist outside the inner city and include units of all races and cultures. Most new units initially don’t have Scouts and leaders with Scouting and leadership skills, and a strong unit suddenly may become weaker due to changes in leadership and membership. So, every District Committee should understand that they can have “at risk” units, grasp the potential of the Eagle’s Nest, and be prepared to implement the Eagle’s Nest to help “at risk” units.

Eagle’s Nest seeks to make all units better, not merge an at risk unit into a mentor unit, either officially or by raiding, since there usually are reasons for separate units that a merged unit won’t address.

A mentor unit’s two most important acts are to help the at risk unit and avoid raiding its Scouts and leaders. Sharing camping trips, training events, and resources helps build scouting traditions.

The need is real. Your time and skills can help. Will you be the answer to a boy’s prayer for a richer Scouting Experience? Contact Bob Nelson at (651) 735-4089 or your DE to volunteer.