Every year I take 11 and 12 year olds backpacking on the AT. For the new boys it's all about light weight packs and reasonable distances. I send home a list of exactly what they need to take backpacking, no more, no less. If they follow my instructions they will have a pack of about 20 pounds. We usually do no more than 11 or 12 miles on Sat. and maybe 4 or 5 on Sun. The only time we have problems is when boys don't follow my guidelines.
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