Rite of Passage

The March/April edition of the Backwoodsman (magazine) arrived in the mail yesterday.  As always, I started reading Charlie’s opening message.  Whole heartedly agree with him about today’s children not being taught things they should know; also appreciate his appeal for us older folks to get involved with a youngster.  My how our society has changed, even in the last few decades.

Many cultures today in other parts of the world as well as past cultures have recognized Rites of Passage to mark one’s progression. Whether it be manhood, social status, etc., I don’t see OUR society today having very many ceremonious rites of passage providing an individual a life-path so to speak.  Those in our society today that do exist are NOT very monumental… driver’s license, 21st B-day, etc.

Those that I have achieved personally, I was in the moment, but did recognize them nonetheless. First kiss (etc.), first deer, first friction fire, earning a college degree, etc. However, I didn’t have anyone tell me, “Now you’re a man!”

As a father with two young children, both into Woodcraft, I see one of their Rites of Passage “mastering” specific aspects of firecraft.  What an accomplishment for a pre-teen to walk into the woods with very little and safely make one of the sacred elements.  Eventually, I expect them to make fire from nothing.

Would like to hear what Rites of Passage you or your children have done or plan to do.

About Christian Noble

Chris Noble is the founder of MasterWoodsman.com and Woodsmoke Camping Company. A Master Naturalist, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and has worked as a Registered Forester and Certified Burn Manager in several states. Chris is also a Wilderness First Responder and since the late 90’s has been “practicing primitive” skills and taking lessons from numerous Master Woodsmen throughout North America. An advocate for Conservation, teacher of Wilderness Living Skills, and happily married, he enjoys passing what he has learned thus far to others, especially his 2 children, Emerson and Duncan.
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