A Memory Man Production
Your 13yo son Russ has been a friend of your good neighbour's son Mark ever since they were toddlers. Indeed they spend so much time together that you and your neighbour are virtually alternative parents and you both deal with any discipline issues that crop up as you see fit, which usually means spanking.
The boys both share your love of the outdoor life and you have taken them off for a week's camping in the mountains. It is the fourth morning and when you need to drive into the nearby village for some provisions the boys ask if they can go for a hike on their own. It is a fine but overcast morning and since they are both up to speed on mountain safety you get the map out and mutually agree a safe route that will get them back in time for you to do something together in the afternoon.
You complete your shopping and await their return but when they are two hours later than expected you start to worry and set out along their return route. You have walked about a mile and when you finally meet them you notice their normal exuberance has gone and it looks like they have had a scare.
They admitted they had diverted from the agreed route to have a look at a waterfall up a side valley and then decided to make up for lost time by taking a short cut through the commercial woodland blanketing the main valley floor; but once in the woods they discovered that the trees were so tall and closely planted that they couldn't see the hills, the forest roads were anything but straight and had a lot of junctions. In short they got lost. In the end they got their compass out and blazed their own trail through the undergrowth in the general direction of their path home.
You were pleased at the common-sense resourcefulness they had used to get themselves out of trouble once they had realised they were lost, but that didn't alter the fact that after leaving detail of their intended route at base (albeit in your head) that would assist the rescue services in case of mishap they had taken it into their heads to follow an entirely different route; a flagrent breach both of your trust and of basic mountain safety rules.
OK. They had a fright of sorts and got away with it - this time. But will you be dampening their illusions of immortality by having them cut switches when you get them back to base?