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the three heaviest things are your backpack, tent, and sleeping bag, so if you want to save a lot of weight invest in these items.
There is lots of discussion about the proper amount of weight that a boy can carry safely.
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Water Bottles: Two wide mouth plastic water bottles (32 ounce size) that fit inside the larger side pocket of most packs are great but their are lighter options.
Small mouth bottles are difficult to clean and to fill with a water filter, or a drink mix.
The sleeping bag should have a comfort rating from 20° to 30° and should weigh no more than 3.5 pounds, but preferably less.
Note: sleeping bags should not be stored in the stuff-sack at home, as this will mat the filling, causing a reduction in loft, and thus warmth.