How closely should young people be chaperoned while they are on a church sponsered trip to say an amusement park, fair or other event where there will be a significant number(even hundreds) of other people? The age of these hypothetical young people will range from about 12 to somewhere in the college age(20?). The size of the group anywhere from 40 to 70, not counting adults. Is it enough to tell them to stay together in groups and allow them to go their own way without any structure to the groups (ie, not knowing which kids are with which other kids) and without an adult supervising directly (an adult as part of each group)? Is it okay to simply make sure that you leave with the same kids you came with, without knowing just what they have been up too? How many adults do you usually have per 10 kids in this age group when you take your youth groups out? Do you usually take such a wide range of ages on the same trip? Questions, questions....I now have a seventh grader(12) going on quite a few church related events and these are some of the things I have seen happening on these trips. I go with mine on most of these trips just to make sure she is supervised. I don't think that 2 12 year olds(NOT mine) are old enough to be wandering around a huge amusement park(think Six Flags) by themselves. This happened on the last trip we made. The other adults on the trip didn't seem to have a problem with it so long as they checked in at the designated times(every two hours). I also had a problem with the same kind of thing happening entering and leaving the events. The kids were just handed the tickets in the parking lot and sent off(same line, stay together in groups). Off they went and no one knew or cared until two hours later whether they made it inside or not. As the mother of a loner I know that if I hadn't been there my child would have been wandering up to the gate pretty much by herself. She might have stayed with a group that had an adult in it, might not have either. She might have started out with one group and then decided that they were 'snots' or just that she didn't like the same activities and wandered off to find something more interesting. She would have been responsible to check in, if something hadn't happened in the meantime......... Am I just an old fuddy duddy because I think at least some of these kids should have a little more structure and supervision?