@Hedgehog, you're doing a little bit of apples-to-oranges. What was the youngest age (not grade) of your participants? I couldn't imagine throwing any of my kids into most those activities while they were 10 years old.
For the 50 miler, the youngest was 12 and a half. His onlyprior backpacking experience was camporee where we hiked in 4 miles. He did as well as anyone else on the trip. My son was a couple of weeks short of turning 13. The summer between 5th and 6th grade, my son (who was just turning 11) did a 14 mile round trip bakpacking trek (7 miles out, one day of camping and then 7 miles back) with 1400 of assent each way with one of his buddies. We've had recently crossed over Webelos do 6 mile hikes, two day canoe trips, sea kayaking and backpacking shakedown hikes. It typically takes them about a year to do a three day backpacking trek or camp out in really cold weather. For the less adventurous or experienced boys, we have other adventures.
I was trying to make two points. The first is that there shouldn't be Troop imposed age restrictions on outings. If a boy wants to go and thinks they can do it, the Troop should let them. The second is that the outdoor program should be varied to allow for different skill levels and interests. Servant leadership means the boy leaders design an outdoor program that is inclusive and that balances adventures.
Edited by Hedgehog, 04 September 2016 - 07:20 AM.