Taking youngsters on bashes is possibly one of the worst ways for them to gain experience when young. Avalon provides a vast amount of quests, that permit the young ones to gain exp gradually.
This allows them to gain an understanding of the land and how it works before they find themselves on 1370 health and the target of every bloodthirsty animal in the land.
Perhaps the ban on pentacle items will go some way to returning the land to a state of youngsters who don't go hell for leather gaining exp and skills without first learning the lie of the land.
Just my tuppenth'.
Written by my hand on the 14th of Midwinter, in the year 1041.