I am an Eagle Scout, Assistant Scoutmaster, Backpacker, Highpointer, Climber at the same time I’m a husband, father, runner, soccer referee, etc. I don’t have the time either to help, but.......
I too have seen boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups, 4-H’ers and other young student-age groups “misbehaving” in the wilderness. However, adults cause most problems: litter, cutting live trees, drinking, building too large fires, loud music, etc. Singling out one of these groups doesn’t serve the purpose of making things better. I have run into several young groups on the Appalachian Trail here in Georgia causing a ruckus or “were grossly unprepared”. In every instance they turned out to be a church group. I would spend some time talking to their leaders who gratefully accepted my help and suggestions.
I learned to backpack and first rock-climbed at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico at the age of 13. The Boy Scouts taught me how to enjoy the outdoors, which I have passed on to my children and at least a couple of hundred other boy scouts. Others and I learned how to camp, hike, build fires, survive without shelter, LEAVE NO TRACE CAMPING, rock-climb, how to build and repair trails because someone in the scouting program was willing to teach me.
I can tell you from my experience of working on our Council Camping Committee that writing a “scathing letter to the council” won’t solve anything. If you don’t like the way boy scouts are “enjoying” the outdoors, help them. Join a scout troop as an assistant scoutmaster and teach them your proper way of camping/hiking/backpacking/climbing. Talk to their leaders on an equal level explaining the proper way to participate in a climb. You are right, their leaders might not know how to camp/hike in the cold or high elevations. However, they are out there doing the best they can so those boys have a chance to do the same things you and I like to do. Call a scout leader and volunteer to teach a weekend or night class on Leave No Trace Camping or better yet, lead a weekend climb somewhere.
Don’t just get on the internet or snail mail and complain; participate, teach, volunteer! We boy scouts need more of you.