Winners!

We have a winner!

After thirty days of non-stop events, Summer Games 3 is officially in the record books. It was a photo finish and we’ve got the photographic proof for all you fans following along at home.

The final week of competition had the teams taking over the planning, creating their own challenges and games, each with a small budget to work with. As a result, snacks were in plentiful supply and creativity was running high. Here are a few highlights on our way to the crowning of a new champion.

Teams working on clues from the Tiger Team's Challenge!

Teams working on clues from the Tiger Team’s Challenge!

Hand-written clues and lots of them from Clifford and Team Tiger

Hand-written clues and lots of them from Clifford and Team Tiger

All teams really outdid themselves this year, with the Tiger Team winning top honors. Led by Captain Clifford, the Tigers created a clue hunt that involved 24 individual clues, riddles and puzzles that had the competitors running all over the Mission.

Other events included creating necklaces of edible treats, building mango houses, running in a mad Snack Hunt scramble, playing the largest game of musical chairs Banbasa has ever seen and much more. Great job everyone for the incredible effort.

Not the most thrilling shot, but Mission-wide Musical Chairs was actually fun

Not the most thrilling shot, but Mission-wide Musical Chairs was actually fun

Shivani modeling her snack necklace. Both beautiful and delicious

Shivani modeling her snack necklace. Both beautiful and delicious

Teams charging off for the Elephant Team's Snack Hunt

Teams charging off for the Elephant Team’s Snack Hunt

Perfect timing and aim. Water balloon from Corrina to Shakshi's head

Perfect timing and aim. Water balloon from Corrina to Shakshi’s head

The final event was a take-off on the hit show “Minute to Win It” pitting the teams against each other in small 60 second challenges for all ages.

Can you slide a cookie from your forehead to your mouth (without using your hands) in one minute? Or stack six nuts on top of each other? Or create the largest cup pyramid? The games went late into the night with points accumulating on all sides. Only the final tally revealed the winner, presented the following afternoon at the closing ceremonies.

Jackie calmly looking to win the cup stack in a minute for his team

Jackie calmly looking to win the cup stack in a minute for his team

Cynthia trying her best to earn points for Card Blow

Cynthia trying her best to earn points for Card Blow

Anthea hurting her thumb in the rubber band Rapid Fire contest

Anthea hurting her thumb in the rubber band Rapid Fire contest

Angel, Rosie, Kelly and Trudy working on picking up M&Ms with a straw

Angel, Rosie, Kelly and Trudy working on picking up M&Ms with a straw

Shane from Team Elephant getting ready for a game we call Cookie Face

Shane from Team Elephant getting ready for a game we call Cookie Face

Summer Games is more than a fun distraction. For everyone involved, it is a chance to make memories, to try something new, to be a part of a team, to be creative, to laugh and explore and have something worth writing about when the inevitable “What did you do on your summer vacation?” essay gets handed out as school resumes.

Really it’s a chance to for all of us who love these kids to lavish on a little more fun than necessary. You only have one childhood, after all.

School began on Friday with all children plodding off in the rain, dressed in their school uniforms, stepping past the colorful broken remnants of the water balloon fight that marks the end of another Summer Games.

Team Cobra celebrating their first-ever win. Great job, team!

Team Cobra celebrating their first-ever win. Great job, team!

This year, it was the Cobra Team that took home the trophy, with Captain Kamal and Captain Corrina leading the way. Who will win next year? Only time will tell. For now, we thank everyone who helped make this year’s event such a huge success. For those who contributed to the games this time around, we could not have done it without you.

2016-10-21T12:09:25+00:00

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