Helps the transition from boys becoming young men
Throughout our lives, we meet transitions that invite us to leave parts of ourselves behind in order to make way for the new life calling. Today’s cultures typically offer little support to people navigating these cycles. At all ages and life stages, there are important thresholds to honor. Little by little, rites of passage are gradually finding their place once again as we rediscover their central importance to rebuilding a village culture within our modern world.
The three phases of Rites Of Passage
Phase 1 - Separation
In the first phase, people withdraw from their current status and prepare to move from one place or status to another. 'The first phase (of separation) comprises symbolic behaviour signifying the detachment of the individual or group...from an earlier fixed point in the social structure. There is often a detachment or ‘cutting away’ from the former self in this phase, which is signified in symbolic actions and rituals. For example, the cutting of the hair for a person who has just joined the army. He or she is 'cutting away' the former self - the civilian.
Phase 2 - Transition
The transition (liminal) phase is the period between states, during which one has left one place or state but hasn't yet entered or joined the next. 'The attributes of liminality or of liminal personae ("threshhold people") are necessarily anbiguous.
Phase 3 - REAGGREGATION
'In the third phase (reaggregation or reincorporation) the passage is consummated [by] the ritual subject. Having completed the rite and assumed their 'new' identity, one re-enters society with one's new status. Re-incorporation is characterized by elaborate rituals and ceremonies, like debutant balls and college graduation, and by new ties signs: thus 'in rites of incorporation there is widespread use of the "sacred bond", the "sacred cord", the knot, and of analogous forms such as the belt, the ring, the bracelet and the crown.
Why are Rites Of Passage so important today?
Adolescence is even more challenging than it was back when traditional rites of passage were common. Today, due to a host of factors, a young man’s life can be filled with uncertainty and fear. A boys does not need to be “at risk” to need a time apart to grow up. The young men in the community are crying out for attention, guidance, and a time to feel supported and honored.
And yet, somewhere along the way, men in our communities stopped mentoring or initiating the boys. As a result, the youth of today have developed their own forms of initiation. These unguided forms usually involve secrecy, hazing, bullying, gangs, intoxication, risk-taking, and can result in injury or death.
Modern, guided Rites of Passage, on the other hand, involve a trained adult presence, healthy adult role-models, safe challenges and men who will make time for these boys as they travel their “Journey Into Manhood”. With the help of adult men who can see a young man for who he is, he can become more conscious of his world, his issues…and of the tremendous potential that is awakening inside his being.
The agenda of Rites of passage camp is carefully crafted to support teen age boys as they start making their transition toward healthy manhood. There are games, activities, discussion circles, challenge events, and celebrations of victory. There are moments of intensity and opportunities to practice safe vulnerability. Integrated into the team & skill building we have opportunities for personal sharing amongst the boys. Often the boys open up their deep issues to find acceptance and support. At the end of the experience they are celebrated for their successes and asked to commit to their own path to manhood in a powerful way.
We are more than willing to share the full agenda for the weekend with parents before or after you register your boy. However, we do not tell the boys the specifics of the weekend since it would disturb the effectiveness of the processes.