5 kids of varying ages, two adults; one experienced and one a complete novice, headed out for a week in the BWCA in August 2016. Working through an untested but thorough outfitter, we headed out early morning August 6th to the deepest reaches of the BWCA.
On the plus side, the scenery and weather were beautiful, we were organized, and had strong but light canoes. Having Jeff organize us on packing and the outfitters providing us with lightweight, but exactly what we needed in the gear department, we weren't overburdened with unnecessaries.
On the downside, the biting flies were rampant, learning to canoe under fire is not the most favorable method, and first days are full of adjustments and compromises, that may or may not come easy.
Jeff - the seasoned professional, is a top notch campfire chef - and after the first day of traveling, portaging and paddling we had some hangry campers on our hands. Jeff saved the trip with his culinary wonders.
Katie and Jack had made a similar journey one other time ~ so they had adjusted their expectations accordingly. The rest of us had some adjustments yet to make.