[Rite of Passage]:
A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person’s life indicative of a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
Tribal and nomadic peoples of the globe for centuries have had a rite of passage for a boy’s transition to manhood. The Australian Aborigines go on “Walk About” and the Maasai learn to hunt and kill a lion. Nearly every ancient culture has practiced some sort of ritual that gives significance to the transition from a boy to a man. Yet what do we do for our young men?
“I want a pivotal point in my child’s life when he sees himself as having accomplished something hard. A point where he was challenged and pushed further than he thought he was able to go. A moment in time where he reflects on his life and says to himself, ‘I rose to the challenge and when I succeeded my father recognized me as a man. And it was at that my point that my life changed.’” -Joe Stapp