Freedom. Real...unadulterated freedom. The ability to ride in the bed of a pick up with five of their best friends without being hassled. Being able to choose not to wear a seatbelt or motorcycle helmet. The ability to go off on their own for hours at a time, exploring, building forts in the woods, building ramps and jumping bikes over them while nobody knew exactly where they were,
Being held responsible for their actions and not having mommy right there to protect and coddle them.
Yes, navigation and paper maps/atlases etc.
Be able to entertain themselves for hours without any electronics.