For four of the past five years, the International Masonry Institute (IMI) has invested considerable money and staff time on its masonry camp, an unusual educational practicum offered to architectural students, young architects, and masonry apprentices. This year, 20 architectural students and architects and 18 craft apprentices of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) spent a week in June on Swans Island, Maine, working together, with IMI staff and instructors, and with stone, brick, block, and tile. After forming teams that combined their skills, the young architects and apprentices faced this challenge: Design a public building that includes meeting rooms, an auditorium, and an outdoor amphitheater. For the first few days, the campers worked on their designs. They spent most of the rest of the week-long session building mock-ups in various masonry materials. IMI interspersed demonstrations and lectures throughout. These experiences are intended to give young architectural students and architects an honest appreciation for masonry materials and the skills of the men and women who craft them into buildings and other structures. Masonry camp also gives apprentices some insight into the ways architects think and work. IMI invests between $3,000 and $4,000 for each participant. Is there a return on this investment for IMI and the masonry industry? The students and young architects interviewed agree that masonry camp was a unique, worthwhile experience that "opened their eyes." Most would have benefited from this type of experience during the pursuit of architectural degrees. Most agree that until masonry camp, they had no idea of how much skill it took to build masonry walls and details properly, or how interested in quality the workers were. Furthermore, such experiences have a long-term impact on the participants' architectural practices, the author found. Two long-time design professionals who themselves went through a prototype of the present masonry camp agree that such experiences fill some significant gaps in architectural and engineering education and can have last impact on the participants.