The world is full of complexity, opportunity, and danger. It’s full of challenges that require multiple people coming together to create something better for the whole group. The best way to prepare for this complex world is to engage not only in difficult tasks, but difficult tasks in real world conditions with real world consequences. If you can successfully come together to cook a meal in the rain, it’s about the most cozy, most burly (the sailors might say “most salty”), most rewarding experience that a group of young people can have together. If you can’t successfully come together to cook a meal in the rain, you will eat wet cold mush in wet cold clothes before going to sleep in a wet cold sleeping bag. There are very few places in a child’s life to genuinely experience those challenges in the presence of loving, caring mentors who can manage these risks so that real failure is a real option, but real failure will also be physically safe, if soggy. edtechresearcher.com/about Photos by Claire Hartnell.