The 3rd grade CREW recently engaged in an overnight campout where students collaborated together to create a menu, cook meals together, put up tents individually and support one another during an overnight with their CREWmates. You would ask, “How can 3rd graders do that? Sleep alone with peers? Plan and cook meals together?” It happens with a clear vision of embedding character along with an expeditionary learning experience. Students experienced a day of learning and hiking in the outdoors and engaging in reading, writing and science work. During the evening, they read the stories they wrote during the day over the campfire. They spent time with their families stargazing and setting goals for the year under the starry night. Earlier in the evening, students worked together as a CREW to put up their tents. They had practiced this with their CREW during the week at Berman Park. After stargazing, I went and checked in with students at their tents. They talked about how they worked together to determine how they would meet all their sleeping needs. Some CREWS needed a nightlight, some needed quiet time and space. They worked through these scenarios the week before the campout. It was evident that there was a high level of student engagement throughout the day of fieldwork and a real focus on character. It was a true EL experience. Although Mrs. Dahlin had scaffolded this learning and character building weeks before in the classroom, students were entering the unknown and not certain how the night of camping out without their parents would go. This experience created opportunities for students to be leaders, collaborate, support one another when they faced challenges. I was able to talk with one student the morning after the campout and she was so proud of herself in showing courage and the spirit of adventure. In that moment, I saw a much more confident individual that did something she thought wasn’t possible.