Rites of Passage

Each year at Blue Ridge, boys learn and experience something new and take steps towards becoming responsible, knowledgeable men.

FRESHMEN
Tie a tie
Finish the four-day Wilderness Orientation Trip
Make it to the top of the BRS Climbing Tower
Complete 3-hour solo on mountain
Spend one hour of service in one of the following areas: athletic facilities, cafeteria, laundry room or grounds
Participate in one of the following: Polar Bear Club, Brokenback Challenge or Habitat 5K trail run
Make Headmaster’s, Dean’s list or show improvement from fall to winter trimester
Read The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

SOPHOMORES
Jump off the trapeze leap on the BRS High Challenge Course
Run for a leadership position during the spring trimester
Hike to Eagles Nest
Go to a dance and meet a girl
Spend one hour of service in one of the following areas: athletic facilities, cafeteria, laundry room or grounds
Complete a 6-hour solo on mountain
Participate in one of the following: Polar Bear Club, Brokenback Challenge or Habitat 5K trail run
Make Headmaster’s, Dean’s list or show improvement from fall to winter trimester
Read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

JUNIORS
Create something to showcase in the Literary Magazine or Spring Art Show
Attend or be involved in a school play or concert
Complete minimum Marines’ physical fitness test (3 pull-ups, 50 crunches and run 3 miles in 28 minutes)
Complete an “overnight solo” on mountain
Spend one hour of service in one of the following areas: athletic facilities, cafeteria, laundry room or grounds
Participate in one of the following: Polar Bear Club, Brokenback Challenge or Habitat 5K trail run
Write essay on “What it means to be a man” and display for community
Make Headmaster’s, Dean’s list or show improvement from fall to winter trimester
Read Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forrester

SENIORS
Be the Baron Mascot for a BRS sporting event
Complete an overnight solo on mountain
Visit Bear Hole, Rappel Rock, Senior Rock and Little Big Rocks in one day
Participate in one weekend outdoor program trip
Create and deliver a chapel/assembly speech
Participate in one of the following: Polar Bear Club, Brokenback Challenge or Habitat 5K trail run
Make Headmaster’s, Dean’s list or show improvement from fall to winter trimester
Give blood
Read Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall

CULMINATING EVENT FOR EVERYONE AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Upon completion of event, privileges and awards will be presented. The Ridge Rites of Passage is open to all BRS students who are in good academic and disciplinary standing.

The Groves Family Legacy Tuition Program honors Robert W. “Bobby” Groves III ’67 and his family. Bobby and his wife Anne were the first alumni parents to enroll a child at BRS. Their son Billy graduated in 1995 and their nephews Johnson and Robert Stevens were equally successful here, graduating in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

Blue Ridge is incredibly proud of this legacy and for the sterling example that Bobby and his family have set.