This week 17 of our older boys and male staff headed off into the mountains on motorbikes as part of the Strong Riders Bike Tour. It was the first time we have ever done anything like this but reports from the boys up in the mountains makes it sound like this could easily become an annual event.

Strong Riders Club about to head off on their first bike tour

Strong Riders Club about to head off on their first bike tour

Eugene giving some last minute instructions before departing

Eugene giving some last minute instructions before departing

Summer Games also stormed ahead this week, Kickball and Dodgeball were among the simpler programs for the week.

Gordon with a big kick

Gordon with a big kick

Dodgeball underway

Dodgeball underway

No one wants to be hit by Kamal!

No one wants to be hit by Kamal!

With the support of a local rafting company, “Life Is Adventure,” we were able to take our kids White Water Rafting on the Kali River just North of Tanakpur. Heavy rains the night before brought the water levels up but the rafting company assured us that everything would be safe.

Rafting 101

Rafting 101

Listening in to the instuctors

Listening in to the instructors

Practice in the flat water

Practice in the flat water

The kids had the most incredible time! For some it was a little scary (first time in a boat or rapids), but once they got over their initial fears everyone had a blast! There were a few crazy moments that made for brilliant memories but overall the river was a perfect fit for our first time boaters…

Our five raft convoy underway

Our five raft convoy underway

Yeah! Who just conquered the rapids?!?

Yeah! Who just conquered the rapids?!?

Celebrations at the end of the journey!

Celebrations at the end of the journey!

Our Nursery children had a special Treasure Hunt event which involved solving cryptic clues and scrambling across the mission to find keys to unlock chests filled with treasure. They did amazingly well at solving the riddles and impressed us all with their teamwork.

John explaining the hunt

John explaining the hunt

Debbie reading one of her teams clues

Debbie reading one of her teams clues

Another big event this week was Survivor Day. Based on the TV series this day includes various challenges, obstacle courses, puzzles and endurance tests. The big event was OUT (Over, Under, Through) in which teams had to race over an obstacle, under a large tarpaulin and through another obstacle to obtain a puzzle piece before having to run the course in reverse. In total, 22 puzzle pieces had to be collected by each team. After all the pieces were collected some of the youngest members of the teams had to race to complete their puzzles.

Over, Under, Through

Over, Under, Through

Sabitri racing out from under the tarpaulin

Sabitri racing out from under the tarpaulin

Angel going in as Kamal shoots out

Angel going in as Kamal shoots out

Sheetal working on her puzzle

Sheetal working on her puzzle

The final event for the week was Superhero Smackdown! Our kids dressed up as their own superheroes and prepared for battle! The greatest battle Strong Farm has ever seen! With a padded platform in the pool our children literally laid the smackdown!

The Vampire Sect of our heroes

The Vampire Sect of our heroes

Danger Woman! Watch out!

Danger Woman! Watch out!

Killer Bee and Pink Brain ready to lay the smack down!

Killer Bee and Pink Brain ready to lay the smack down!

Our raft was two tables with mattresses and canvas covering

Our raft was two tables with mattresses and canvas covering

Epic battles unfolded for hours

Epic battles unfolded for hours

No one was safe...

No one was safe…

Next week our group heads up into the mountains for a stay at Abbot Mount. This was something that we did last year and was considered the favorite event by most of our kids. We have much better accommodation organized this year and are really looking forward to the 5 day trip.