On October 31, the entire Franklin School of Innovation CREW (teachers, administrators, students, and lots of supporting families) set off on our first collective expedition to Camp Pinnacle for a glorious day of fresh air and fun. Once at the camp, crews gathered in the council circle for a welcome and to get their crew treasure maps for the day’s adventures. Chris DeFiore started things off with a story of Expeditionary Learning’s heritage in the philosophy and practice of the Outward Bound Program. After that, armed with maps and instructions designed to make each Crew grapple with collective problem-solving, involving Directions, Meaning, Structure, and Action, Crews headed off into the wilderness with their fearless crew leaders for a morning of building relational trust and crew spirit.
After lunch, back at the circle, FSI scholars got to select a large group activity for the afternoon. Whether they chose hiking, ultimate frisbee, the popular Gaga pit, soccer, the Monkey Bridge challenge, or nature crafts and art, we all agreed that it was a great first adventure, and that we are, undoubtedly, CREW, NOT PASSENGERS, one and all.
Note: The photos in this particular blog post are primarily from Mr. Stahkle’s crew. We invite other photographers who captured this day digitally to share their images! : )