Rites of Passage

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Rites of Passage

  1. 1. Rites of PassageSeparation “…Boy is taken away from his boyish environment and stripped of boyish associations …” (Throop, 1990) Trek Across Maine: students are briefly taken way from after school activities of daily living (aka hanging out) to participate in something bigger than them. They are invited into new associations – participating in a team effort and recognition for training, fundraising efforts in their community, and cycling in the Trek Across Maine.Initiation/Transition “…Must undergoes trials [tests] and receive learning which give him the status of manhood.” (Throop, 1990) - Adventurous activity outside of the home – threshold crossing - Gave man a clear sense of identity, a sense of self worth, and an adult role to play in the society - Everybody passes the test (not competitive – no winner or losers) - Build confidence and security in self Trek Across Maine: Each student will undergo the trials associated with physical training, fundraising, and cycling in the Trek Across Maine. They will experience a sense of self worth through various forms of recognition (equipment and clothing donations, raising money for a worthy cause, identifying with a team and a cause, and recognition for their role. The Trek is not a race and everyone wins physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Confidence will be built by experiencing personally new activities – fundraising and training.Return/Incorporation “…He is ceremonially accepted by men as a man, and confirmed in that position by society.” (Throop, 1990) - Return with gift - can be a transformation of character Trek Across Maine: Students will be recognized in various ceremonies – Trek Finish Line, recognition of fundraising goals, photographic/written journals, sending school recognition, community service credit, media coverage, and team celebration retreat.

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