As promised, here are resources I used and also mentioned in my book Rite of Passage- Initiating Your Son into Manhood.
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In the book I urge you to do some type of physical testing for your son as part of his Rite of Passage event. We did a modified Army fitness test., although what you do is up to you.
Working with an official military test is a good idea if you want to use a scoring method. I use these in our homeschool so I can test my kids according to their scores and look for improvements over time.
If your son is showing an aptitude for a certain sport, skill, or occupation, you could create a test based on that or possibly find one.
Whatever you do, I want you to keep several things in mind-
- Choose a test that will challenge him but not demean him. This event is meant to raise up a new man, not crush his spirit.
- Choose a test that at least some of the attendees will also be able to participate in.
- Choose a test that means something to you and your son.
- Tailor it to the event.
Below are links to several fitness tests you could choose from…
Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer PFT
Alternatively, if you don’t want to use a testing format, you could always do an organized workout. We used to do these all the time in the Marine Corps. Here’s a couple of links to give you an idea of what you could do that would be really fun.
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