Some Amish, often boys again, will fit out their buggies with onboard stereo systems with large speakers.The vast majority of Amish youth, however, do not leave home for the city or even for their own dwelling place within the community, but remain under their parents’ roof until marriage.
Some Amish, particularly boys, may acquire a driver’s license and a vehicle during this time, which they might park at their parents’ home.
The period serves other purposes besides deciding whether to join the church, detailed here and below.
One of those purposes is to enter into a more formalized social world and peer interaction, which occurs when joining a youth group.
, according to one Amishman who has studied numerous portrayals of the adolescent period, is a time when an Amish youth enters into a more formalized social world, interacting with others in his age group in a variety of settings.
Rather than an angst-filled period of existential choice, it is primarily “a time to find a marriage partner”.