The mid teens often brings about a period of transition and change: moving into young adulthood, needing to make greater decisions, taking on responsibilities. Wanting challenge, adventure, self-reliance and a sense of accomplishment. This course can provide a contemporary ‘rite of passage’ and is an opportunity to uncover new strengths, build confidence, master new skills and develop personal leadership abilities.
Who it is for: Ages 14 - 17
What it is: Ganga Rafting Expedition
When it runs: October to May
Where it is held: Shivpuri, Dehradun
I always loved being in the water, I had such an amazing time here rafting in Ganga !
Student, Stonehill International, Class 11
6:30 AM: Morning Energisers
7:30 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Morning Activities
01 PM: Lunch
02:00 PM: Afternoon Activities
05:30 PM: Tea & Snacks
07:30 PM: Dinner
08:30 PM Evening Debrief
09:30 PM: Bed
Early morning departure from school. Arrival at Shivpuri camp, washroom break and drive towards Devprayag. Once at Devprayag there will be a hot lunch, before we do raft training which will also involve flip drill, swimming and body surfing.We will also learn the necessary camp craft, this will include how to set up raft shelters, toilet tents, fire lighting and cooking. All students will have opportunity to participate in all the camp craft activities. We will finish the day with a reflective debrief session around the camp fire after dinner.
Overnight in expedition shelters.
Early morning we will do some energizer before we start camp craft activities. After breakfast, load our rafts with all the equipment and following a safety briefing we will start our expedition. From today we will be moving self contained and carry all our food and camping equipment on board the rafts.
During the rafting there will be various projects based on photography, ideas, thoughts, sights, sounds and discoveries.
Our rafting section from Byas Ghat to Mahadev Chatti will take us approx 3/4 hours. We will stop on the way for a lunch break on a small beach. At Mahadev Chatti you will set up rafting shelters out of tarpaulin and rafting paddles. All students will participate in camp set up activities, including cooking and firewood collection. Dinner, bonfire, and reflections.
We will wind up camp early in the morning and assemble for breakfast. Post breakfast we will load our rafts with all the equipment and we will start our rafting. Today we hit a series of exciting rapids like Daniel Dip, The Wall. Cash Flow, Black Money, Three Blind Mice and Return to Sender. Once at camp, clean and return the equipment, overnight at base camp.
(Note: The decision to run ‘The Wall’ will be taken by the trip leader depending on water levels and group dynamics. This is binding for all. Non swimmers will be required to walk around ‘The Wall.’)
We will assemble for early breakfast and will raft the section between Shivpuri to Rishikesh. We will leave the camp for NIM Beach with big volume, Ganga white water "Roller Coaster" & Golf Course. Picnic lunch on the beach. The day will close with a group review session. Brief visit to Ramjhula market and return to school.