I take my kids backpacking all the time. For me the keys have been, the right length (miles per day), the right food and a good creek or a field of rocks. That's it. They do the rest. I do bring a deck of waterproof Uno cards in case it rains all day.
Here are the most recent trip photos...
Dolly Sods Spring '07
Dolly Sods Fall '07
We didn't take a Spring trip this year, but instead my father and I went to PA on the NCT.