MYTs: "Mobile Young Teens".
When our kids were younger they seemed perfectly content to hang around the neighborhood all summer. Since about 12 my son usually only wants to be around his friends from school, - or he'd play video games all day if we let him. Keeping kids this age occupied can be a challenge during summer vacation. They're too young to have regular jobs and also too young to drive.
But having friends more than a few blocks away hasn't been a problem so far this summer (he's been off a week). He's gotten together with groups of 3 or 4 on their bikes and sometimes up to seven. They'll get ice cream, swim in the creek, ride to the Falls, to the lake, or to somebody's house.
Do I worry a little bit? Yeah, sometimes. And he's going to have to figure out how to earn more money than mowing the neighbor's lawn pays if he wants to be buying lunch and snacks on the go all the time. But it's nice to see the budding independence that biking has given he and his friends.
It's also nice to see some dust gathering on the X-box.