A clear expression of EL’s roots in Outward Bound, the spirit and experience of adventure permeates EL schools. It helps to create the student engagement and focus on character that distinguishes the EL experience. Every adventure has a strong element of entering the unknown and not being certain of the outcome. EL promotes the kind of adventures that create opportunities for leadership and collaboration as groups of students and teachers face challenges together. Together, students and adults discover they can do more than they thought was possible, and find aspects of themselves that they didn’t know were there. Reflection is a vital component of such adventures, so that each experience is a rich opportunity for learning about oneself, one’s peers, and the world. Teachers take care when planning adventures to ensure physical and emotional safety as they promote risk-taking and courageous action.