It's great to hear the story including the stress and gory details. I know how hard it is to work with a group of kids from a scout meeting last night where we had several visiting boys and tried to do a game (guess 3 backpack weights) and an activity (make some gorp). Had a million ideas how I was going to show each backpack's contents, have them guess what they were missing, discuss the 10 essentials, figure the weight of specific things inside the backpack... all things that go into packing, but all those ideas went out the window after the kids got their gorp and prizes... time was up. And that was just ONE HOUR.
I can imagine the stress of your whole adventure... But at the same time I can't.