Boot Camps, Mormon Missionaries, and Academic Lobotomy: Rites of Passage II

Intense Late Adolescent Psychological Re-Orientation Takes Many Forms

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recruit_training
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recruit_training

Why Is Boot Camp So Intense?

You have to train 18-year-olds to run to the sound of gunfire and perform under fire and the threat of death.

This act defies all logic, goes against all human instinct, and takes one of the most intensive acts of psychological reprogramming to overcome.

… There will always be the need for young men and women who are willing and able to run to the sound of imminent danger and many, to their death. Nations need this. You need this. It is a horrible thing, but the sanctity and security of every nation on Earth requires young men and women capable of doing this.

To do this, however, we need a form of psychological training that is able to forge individuals who can do this. That is why boot camp has evolved to become such a potent tool in today’s military machine.
__ Jon Davis, Marine Sergeant

Sergeant Davis does not mince words. In order to create marines out of raw recruits, an intense form of psychological re-orientation (or reprogramming) is required. Why? Because most raw recruits arrive at basic training fresh from an extended childhood. They have been pampered, sheltered, told they were special, provided with their every need — and often their every whim — just like a child. But real adult life is not childhood in a productive society. “Children” need to undergo some form of transformation before they are able to understand the distinction.

Not Every Form of Rite of Passage Need to be So Intense as US Marine Boot Camp

Throughout the church’s history, over one million missionaries have been sent on missions.[2][3] __ Wikipedia

The Salt Lake City, Utah based Latter Day Saints (Mormon) church has its own rite of passage for youth. We have all seen “Mormon Missionaries” walking and biking about. But what is the inside story for this religion based rite of passage? First, its’ dangerous.

Missionaries intentionally go after people in desperate situations. On my mission, we’d go into the worst parts of town to talk to the meth addicts and crackheads. Sure, they need help and attention more than anybody, but most of my colleagues were distinctly upper middle class white Mormons. Short of bursting out into an impromptu rap about how “drugs are for thugs,” there’s no way they could have been more conspicuous.

Training for “missionhood” is regimented, with long hours.

The whole thing is divided up like the underclass in some dystopian sci-fi world — we’re separated into wards, zones, and then six-man districts. You don’t associate with anyone outside your zone while you’re training. Every missionary has to be in sight of their companion at all times. For two solid years, our only alone time was in the bathroom. Do not, under any circumstances, picture the state of that bathroom.

… It’s pretty much like The Hunger Games…

Mormon Missionaries are given this intense programming so that they can get results for the church. They must be committed before they begin — because they pay for their training in hard cash and precious time. And on top of all that commitment ant training fees, the church expects a larger return.

Among other things, you’re not allowed to use a computer if a companion can’t see the screen, and you’re never supposed to be out of their earshot. The logic is that you can’t break the rules if you’re never, ever alone…

… We log everyone who shows interest — or even talks with us — and follow up on a regular basis. That’s because the whole “converting souls” thing is very much a competition. The higher ups in the church are obsessed with numbers. They want people baptized, inactive members brought back to the fold, etc. __ Time as Mormon Missionary

The fatality rates among Mormon Missionaries are lower than among combat marines, during wartime. But Mormon Missionaries are always at war against the dark forces of human nature, so there is never any letup.

Much Beyond Religious Conversions Often Emerges From the Mormon Missionary Experience

Being thrown into strange and dangerous settings and experiences forces the young Mormon to think on his feet, to sink or swim. Many missionaries develop robust resilience in the field, which they bring back with them to their subsequent lives.

The notion of the Mormon mission as a crucible is a common one, and the benefits gained from going through it have been used to help explain the prominence of LDS Church members in business and civic life.[50][51][52][53] Mission experience has also helped prepare RMs for later engaging and prospering in non-Mormon environments.[54] __ Wikipedia

Other Common and Usually Constructive Rites of Passage for Late Adolescents

Any intense extended experience — either solo or group — can serve as a rite of passage from childhood into adulthood. Immersing oneself into particular occupations can serve the “passage” purpose quite well. Examples may include training as EMT / Paramedic, Search and Rescue, Police or Fire Department training, Commercial Deep Sea Diving, Wild Fire Jumpers …

Not all of the 20 Deadliest Jobs in America would qualify as rites of passage, but one can get a sense of which jobs may be more intense — and transforming — than others.

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A Dangerous Child Will Have Mastered Multiple Dangerous Skills Before Age 18

Dangerous Child training is different from the run of the mill “rite of passage” discussed above. Dangerous Child training begins before birth and continues throughout the lifetime. Multiple rites of passage succeed each other, as mastery is applied to mastery, and complementary skills are added to complementary skills.

The point of it all is to help build a more abundant and expansive human future, using networked Dangerous Communities as pivot points and backup systems for larger societies that are too often subject to failure from dysgenic and ideologic Idiocracy.

Faux Rites of Passage

In lieu of meaningful rites of passage, modern children and youth are typically trusted to educational institutions and other institutions of culture and society at large, throughout their formative years. When youth are shunted off to college and university without having faced significant passage rites, they typically undergo what is known as “academic lobotomy,” or a brainwashing / reprogramming process carried out by idologues among university faculty and staff.

Instead of preparing youngsters for productive, creative, and fulfilling lives, such indoctrination only introduces and deepens broadly-held delusions and misconceptions about the underlying mechanisms of the natural and the human universes. Such academically lobotomised persons will find it an uphill battle to see through their brainwashing to the solid world beneath.

Other false rites of passage include a young woman having a child out of wedlock and going on welfare, or a young man joining a criminal gang that brainwashes him and limits his future just as surely as any academic lobotomy.

Rites of Passage Open Doors into Multiple Futures

There is a reason why military-trained persons are considered prime recruits for several types of occupation. The skills and mature attitudes that can be learned in military service prepare a young person for several avenues of productivity.

As noted above, the same is considered true for returned Mormon Missionaries. As a result of being forced to innovate and think outside the box, the returned missionary is of more value to prospective employers, and more capable as an entrepreneur.

Any process that teaches a young person to utilise his knowledge, skills, and resourcefulness under unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances — over a significant period of time — can serve as a rite of passage, if empowering lessons are learned.

But if “lessons of disempowerment and futility” are learned, any passage that occurs is likely to be in a backward direction.

Best to begin the process of serial rites of passage at an early age, and build upon it in a solid and progressive manner.

Summer Youth Camps of Interest

A wide range of summer camp experiences are available to young people who may want to go beyond the ordinary campfire singalong experience. For Dangerous Children living in remote or overly mundane locations, such camps may provide them with training, experience, and personal links not available otherwise. Here are a few camps that may be of interest to parents and Dangerous Children:

Outdoor Leadership Camps

Three of the most highly regarded in North America, offering a wide range of outdoor experiences on rock, snow, ice, water, and more:

http://www.outwardbound.org/

http://www.nols.edu/

https://ncascades.org/signup/youth/YLA

Flying Camps

EAA Air Academy

List of several aviation summer camps across most areas of the continental US

Hacking Camps

NSA sponsored camps

Hak4Kids Sponsoring Group

Military Camps

Military camps provide a simulated military training experience, focusing on various aspects of military philosophy and practise — depending upon the school.

Ivy League Camps

Cornell Summer College

Harvard Summer Programs for Youth

Space Camp for Pre-Teens, Tweens, and Teens

Your child will build rockets, experience simulated moonwalks and take command of space missions. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, camps range from three to thirteen days in length and you can choose between kids-only or parent/child programs. __ Source

Various Specialty Camps Just for Teens

Find a specialty camp in categories from science/math, tech/computers, foreign language programs, travel/touring, business, performance arts, and writing — among others.

Maritime Camps

Norfolk VA: http://sailnauticus.org/kids-programs/summer-camp

Cape Cod: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

SUNY Maritime Academy

Port Townsend WA: Northwest Maritime Center

Travel Camps

National Geographic Summer Teen Travel

Broadreach Global Summer Educational Travel Adventures for middle school, high school, and college levels.

Foreign Language Immersion Camps

http://www.concordialanguagevillages.org/who-we-are

http://immersionisland.org/

Hunting and Firearms Camps

Youth Riflery camps

Youth Shooting Programs

Kids Outdoor Sports Camp (Hunting & Fishing)

Arizona mentored workshops for outdoor skills

Hunting in Texas / Youth

Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club Camps

Martial Arts Summer Camps

http://www.umaccarmel.com/summer-camp.php

Kids Kung Fu Summer Camps

Note: The above camps are only suggestions. You must research each prospect thoroughly before considering signing up your child.

Most Dangerous Children Find These Camps to be Enjoyable Diversions from Training

Dangerous Child training can involve most (or all) of the areas of interest mentioned above. But Dangerous Children in many geographical areas do not have the opportunity to mix with the broad range of other children of different backgrounds and life orientations as are represented at most of these camps. Since their ordinary self-taught education and highly disciplined training are more rigorous than most of the camp training above, the kids and youth are able to spend plenty of time studying their fellow campers and understanding how social groups form and dissolve. They can also form special friendships that may last for years to come.

Learning to Fly, Navy Seal Training, SCUBA Training

Overcoming Limits

Most children grow up with a large number of unnecessary self-imposed limitations. Not knowing their options, and not understanding their own capabilities, are two of the biggest reasons for kids unnecessarily limiting themselves. But in many cases, these unnecessary limits have been placed on children by parents, schools, and other institutions of society.

In order to help Dangerous Children to stretch their limits, they are recommended to master a wide range of “mobility skills,” including flying, swimming, SCUBA, boating, navigation, mountaineering, survival in several difficult environments, and stealth.

In the US, a youth must be 16 years old to solo in a powered aircraft, and 17 years old to obtain a private pilot license. Unpowered gliders can be soloed at age 14. Source

Aviation Summer Camps

US Civil Air Patrol Cadet program

One of many online ground schools for pilots

Kids can learn to fly — both ground school and flight school — while quite young, if accompanied by a licensed pilot. Al Fin’s father began teaching him to fly around the age of 8.

Flight school will help kids pass their written exam, then they can log flight instruction hours from a licensed instructor. They can solo at age 16, spend a year accumulating cross-country flight hours and other required hours, then pass their flight and oral exams at age 17. What they do after this is up to them — Dangerous Children can support themselves at least 3 different ways by the age of 18, so they can choose how to spend their own funds.

Here is a good list of SCUBA training programs for kids

Some mountaineering and climbing camps

Al Fin learned to SCUBA and rock climb from close friends as a teen, then went on to get more advanced training and experience from instructors.

Summer Sailing Camps for Kids

Al Fin taught himself to sail, and lived to tell about it! Was finally released from that Cuban prison camp when he convinced Fidel that he was not a Yanqui spy. Not recommended. 😉

Public Navy Seal Training Programs Age 16 and Up

Extreme Seal Experience
Popular write-up of the program

Sealfit

Other high adrenaline adventures:

Covert Ops “missions”
Intense 2 and 4 day training missions

Simulators are Getting Better

Affordable simulators for a number of air, ground, and water vehicles have been available for a number of years. The same is true for reasonably realistic war gaming and combat simulators. But as affordable, high quality virtual reality arrives, the best simulators are likely to move to VR, accompanied by a number of realistic dynamic seats and platforms for a more believable experience.

Dangerous Children will be able to learn long-distance navigation, reconnaissance, and rendezvous skills via air, sea, undersea, and ground, at much younger ages than they will be able to obtain licenses for the sophisticated vehicles that will be simulated. Orienteering — with and without GPS and other electronics — can be easily integrated into the simulation exercises. Kids would rather participate in realistic adventures containing a certain element of danger, and realistic simulations will help to prepare Dangerous Children for the real thing.

Some advanced medical and surgical training simulators

Each Dangerous Child is Unique

Each child has different aptitudes, inclinations, and maturity levels. Dangerous Children are taught impulse control and emotional balancing at an early age, as well as other executive function skills. Dangerous Child motor skills training is also particularly advanced, allowing the child and youth a higher level of confidence when confronted with potentially hazardous situations.

But some children will be ready for some training at age 8 or 10, while others may need to wait until 12, 14, or even 16. Development and maturation of mind and body occur at different times for different children.

As we begin to lay out curricular timelines, we will attempt to present them as age ranges rather than fixed ages.

Adjuncts to Dangerous Child Training

Ideally, parents can provide essential training through the age of 8 or 10. But every parent or community will not have all of the resources needed for broad-based skills and competency training of Dangerous Children past the ages of 10 or 12. For that reason, it is important for parents and Dangerous Children to be aware of adjunct programs and organisations that may be available to them, to round out their training.

Vocational and apprenticeship training for the homeschooled

Broad-Based Competencies

Boy Scouts of America Merit Badges
This list of merit badges offers an idea of the range of skills training available through the American Boy Scouts, and other similar organisations.

Teens – Civil Air Patrol
Learn to fly, learn about aviation and aerospace, outdoors skills, get in shape, be introduced to a whole new world in the sky.

US Naval Sea Cadet Programs
Learn basic seamanship, leadership, and if you persist — be exposed to the rigours of a military training program.

Young Marines
Self discipline, leadership, team building, plus a range of skills and knowledge

US Army JROTC
“…capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques” . . . a multi-year training during high school years.

Wilderness Leadership

NOLS
A wide range of outdoor wilderness training skills up to guide and expedition leader level

Similar to NOLS for college level +

Youth Firearms Training

4-H Kids ‘n’ Guns

National Shooting Sports Foundation Programs & Events

Front Sight Children & Youth Programs

Combat Training for Youth

Against Bullies

Warrior Kids by Tim Tipene
Self-defence and anti-bully training, plus peaceful avoidance of violence where possible.

http://lovejudomag.com/2013/09/12/why-judo-benefits-children/

More:

Construction Careers for Kids
Almost 3 dozen links

Remember: The most important core training for the Dangerous Child takes place between conception and age 7. The transition years between age 8 and ages 10-12 are also important for training basic competence-based confidence.

For it is around the ages 10-12 that the Dangerous Child begins to add dangerous skills to his now-innate skills of self-teaching, self-discipline, and self-directedness.

Few parents, family members, and close friends and associates possess mastery of skills ranging from flying to global navigation to advanced seamanship to steel/concrete construction to welding to hunting/fishing to masterful cooking to basic homesteading to combat, escape and evasion, scuba diving, and a broad range of vocational, professional, and wilderness skills.

Given the wide range of skills mastery required, Dangerous Children often need to undergo multiple apprenticeships, vocational trainings, advanced workshops, and other hands-on training — in addition to his free-range self-directed learning and multi-dimensional planning.

It is not difficult for a Dangerous Child to master at least 3 different means of supporting himself financially by age 18. What is difficult is to keep the DC on track after he discovers how much fun it is to spend his own money on Dangerous Activities.

DCs have lifetimes of learning ahead of them. There is plenty of time for fun and play. But the deeply serious reasons why DCs are needed in the first place must always be kept in mind. No one stops learning.