Rumspringa has been portrayed as time of experimentation and decision.While Amish youth will mull the decision to join the church at this time, an Amishman who has studied the subject extensively contends that this decision is typically already made in the mind of many youth.Following joining the church, Amish may continue to spend time with their youth group, largely for the purpose of finding a spouse.Baptism and membership in the church is required of prospective Amish mates, a decision which Amish youth typically take around ages 18-22. Amish girls are typically baptized at a slightly earlier age than boys.Drug use is generally not widely seen among Amish youth.
A young man will invite a young woman to drive her home in his buggy after a Sunday singing.
It’s a very transitional time that decides what direction the rest of their lives will take, and that time is called Rumspringa.
Rumspringa ends in one of two ways: either the person chooses to get baptized within the Amish church or they decide to leave the community and assimilate into the outside world.
Or it may just be one carriage trying to pass another. I also found the discussion of bed courtship, or “bundling”, interesting.
This is a practice that has been associated with the Amish but today is typically only seen among more conservative Amish groups.
The period serves other purposes besides deciding whether to join the church, detailed here and below.