Wednesday, 17 December 2014

7 Wonders of the World Week

What an amazing holiday camp we had last week: 7 days = 7 Wonders of the World = AWESOMENESS! I took a stroll around the camp and saw happy children, crazy counselors and smiles all around. I, an office dweller - lathered completely with sun screen (I might have looked like a badly iced cake), armed with my cool shades and visor cap – dared to leave the airconditioned office and step into the wild. And it was amazing - the atmosphere was positively electric!

I asked a few kids what their favourite Sugar Bay experience was, and the votes are in – the winner is... the Fire Show!!! Oh, don't worry, we told them not to try this at home... or at school... or next door. We were pretty clear about that. Hot topic!

I must say that every single child mentioned how awesome it is to meet new people and make new friends. Aww, sweet.

And that's me. Office dweller, past Transvaaler, smeared with a thick layer of sunscreen, signing out of cyber-world and jumping back into Sugar Bay Land.


Monday, 10 November 2014

Journey to the beach with Charlton Vos

The Sun was out, the smiles were bright and the smell of sunscreen was in the air. Charlton Vos knew it was that time and they couldn't hold in  their excitement any more.... IT.... WAS......BEACH TIME!!!!!

We sprinted towards the ocean like no one had ever done before. We couldn't wait for our toes to feel that cool salty water, we had never been this excited before.

As the bubbly waves hit our bodies we couldn't help but laugh. We had such an exciting day that day, I don't think any of us will ever forget it.

Keep smiling and take photos of those smiles :)


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sugar Bay paparazzi love Cambridge

This week we had Cambrige join us for four days. The Sugar Bay paparazzi couldn't leave these happy kids alone!

No matter where they went or what they did, the Sugar Bay paparazzi could not stop capturing them having a great time.

Who can blame the paparazzi for wanting to capture the incredibly photogenic learners from this wonderful school, as they enjoy sunny days on the beach. 

Remember to be yourself, because an original is worth more than a copy.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Constanstia perfect the "Underwater Selfie"

Wow, this week has been amazing with Constantia Park! We have done so many amazing activities and made so many new memories. We especially took a lot of "under the pool" selfies.

After all the underwater selfie practice, we learned that when you smile underwater, it's particularly harder to hold your breath! *Gasp* But, of course, we accepted the challenge and managed to do it. Once we got used to it, we couldn't keep the smiles off our faces.

We are so sad to be seeing this amazing school leave us. At least we will always have these underwater selfies to remember our time together at Sugar Bay.

Now go take a selfie under water =D


Constantia Park hits Sugar Bay by storm

On Monday afternoon Sugar Bay was flooded with campers from Constantia Park. They traveled all the way from Pretoria to come and see what all their previous class mates had told them. The beach, the activities and to meet these crazy people with funny names they had heard so much about.

Let me tell you, I love having 200+ campers at camp. From an outsider looking in, it must definitely look crazy, but as a counselor, it's a dream come true. Two hundred brand new faces that are going to change your life in just five days, and become another beautiful memory.

The campers from Constantia definitely brought their energy to camp from the very first day. We divided the group into three sections and were running beach, land and adventure activities every day of the week. There were campers everywhere!

Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side this week, with overcast clouds and a sprinkle of rain every now and then. However, this never stopped these tough campers from Constantia! They loved the beach so much that throughout the week you would find campers kayaking on the lagoon in the drizzle, or splashing in the waves at the beach.

Not only did the campers enjoy our activities, but they had an epic time at night during the evening programs. They completed fun tasks during Minute to Win It, conquered fears during Fear Factor and ran around in funky outfits during the Dutch Auction. Finally, we had to end off the week with a huge party night where all 206 campers partied the night away in the party room!

It's going to take 5 buses, 5 driver's, 8 Teachers and 10 hours to get 206 campers back to Pretoria after an epic week at Sugar Bay! Boy, are we going to miss all the happy campers from Constantia Park! 

Friday, 10 October 2014

Training warriors of fun at Shaka Zulu Week

Shaka Zulu week has been training us to become patient and great warriors. Throughout the week, the male counselors have been trying to prove to us why they should be crowned Shaka Zulu, and the female counselors have been doing their best to convince us why they should be his number one wife. 

We have had a great week keeping our theme alive, from warrior face painting to tribal dancing. This holiday week is definitly one for the books. We have had the great bunch of kids with us, and we are really enjoying their company.

Here at camp we love to have fun, and we definitely did that this week. Pool swim was the best! We even welcomed back some old counselors.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” 

Ushaka Adventure with Enjabulweni and Sifundzani Primary

We went on a great adventure today with Enjabulweni and Sifundzani Primary schools, who are visiting Sugar Bay all the way from Botswana. It was a great day to learn about all the amazing ocean creatures, and to watch the counselors get splashed by dolphins. 

There were many beautiful fish at the aquarium, but the one in the photo below was one of my favourite. How beautiful are the colours?! 

There was this really cool tank that you could stick your head in, and it made you feel like you were in the tank! 

A camera is a save button for the minds eye.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Northside visits all the way from Botswana!

This week we had the lovely Northside school come to Sugar Bay all the way from Botswana.We started the week off having a great time at the beach and throughout the week we had an awsome Shark talk and dissected slimy lil fish. Today they have gone off to ushaka wet & wild. This week has been such an adventure!

Having so much fun splishing and splashing in the ocean. Zinkwazi really does have a beautiful ocean. 

 Casino night at camp: We played all kinds of games and tried to win as many magic beans as possible. It was an epic night!

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important and you'll capture it perfectly.
Peace Float

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Spend a splendid summer at Sugar Bay!

It's almost time to get out your best board shorts and bikinis, because yes, summer is almost here, which also means the best Sugar Bay adventures await your children! So go out and buy those new flip flops and, of course, lots of sun block, but most importantly make sure you book your children's summer adventure before it's too late!

Here is a sneak peak of what you can expect during our upcoming December/ January holiday season:

The 7 Wonders of the World Week
(6-13 December)

Campers will become globe trotters as they venture off to see the seven wonders of the world, right here at Sugar Bay! Every day, the activities and evening program will be themed around a different country, in which one of the seven wonders is found.

Special events to look forward to:
  • Camp Out – heading into the sugar cane where they will sleep under the stars!
  • Beach Bon Fire – Seniors will have a Bon Fire on the beach and get to release Chinese lanterns.
  • Brazilian Carnival Night
  • Ancient Encryption Party Night
  • Sugar Bay Colour Fest

Toy Story Week
(13 - 23 December)

19 years ago a movie came out that no one will ever forget. A movie about making friends with people that you never thought you would, and of course, adventure. This movie made the following saying famous, “ You've got a friend in me!”

This week at camp will capture one of the the best Walt Disney and Pixar movies of our time. Sugar Bay is going to be all about friendship and lots of toys. Toys are going to come alive when no one is watching and kids will be kids again! 


Special events to look forward to:
  • 10 Day Camp – We had to go big if we were going to do Toy Story.
  • Free Stay Over Excursion – For campers that were here for seven wonders of the world week, they will be going on a free excursion to Gateway. They will ride the super tubes for the day and get free lunch and ice-cream!
  • Cow Boys, Space Men, Dinosaurs and much more!
  • Excursion to Gateway – Pizza Party and Arcade Games!
  • Ski Day – The Sugar Bay Snake!

Dr Who – New Years Camp (27 December - 6 January)

Imagine a week where every day, the campers could wake up on a different planet, with different traditions and cultures and no limit to imagination. Or maybe they would come downstairs to find out they've travelled back in time to ancient Rome, Victorian London or the age of the dinosaurs! Or maybe they will arrive for breakfast to find they are in the year 3000.

Dr Who is a time lord from a planet called Galifrey, who time travels visiting different worlds, saving planets and defeating his enemies. In other words he helps people.

This week will be all about time travel and working together to have fun and save the day! What better week to do this than our famous New Years Camp?

Special events to look forward to:
  • 10 Day New Years Camp – YES! 10 Days.
  • Time Travelling - Travelling to new worlds everyday.
  • Excursion to the Ice Rink for a day of skating, delicious lunch and ice-cream.
  • New Years Party – Party Night and Fire Works.

Fizzy Week (6-11 January)

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word Fizzy? The feeling of sherbet popping in your mouth when it sizzles out your fizz pop? The feeling when you pick up an ice cold can of coke, take your first sip and the bubbles run down your throat? Or what you hair looks like after you haven't brushed it for a few days?

Sugar Bay is going to get Fizzy, from fizzer's, to fizz pops and even fizzy drinks! Campers are going to love the colour, craziness and the many bubbles floating about!

Special events to look forward to:
  • Fizzy tasting, lots of sweet and hidden treasures.
  • 5 Day Camp – Short and Sweet with a Fizzy Bang!
  • Free stay over Excursion - For campers that were here for Dr Who Week, you will be going on a free excursion to Gateway. Here we will ride the super tubes for the day and get free lunch and ice-cream.
  • Surprises for all!

This is just a taste of all the wonderful things we have planned for the holiday season. We look forward to having your children join us and experiencing the magic right before their eyes.

Give your children the holiday experience of a lifetime. Here are our rates & dates and when you are ready:
Call (032) 485 3778 ,
Email: , 
Or simply book online

Here's a sneak peak into what the camp experience at Sugar Bay is like, and if you would like to see what takes place in some of our themed holiday weeks, have a look at our gallery.

Forget wi-fi & be a warrior these October holidays

Sick of selfies, status updates and talking to your children while they stare down at their screens mid-conversation? Then get them to put away their gadgets, and rather join us for our adventurous summer camps for kids only!

This October we will come together for a magical, off-the-grid week with children unplugging and having fun together in the sand, sea & under the stars. No phones, no texting and no digital tech! We're turning camp into a children's Zulu playground for our Shaka Zulu themed camp.

Tell the kids to leave their phones at home, or check it in at the door, for a week of analog goodness in the company of children from all over the world! And if your kids aren't on holiday in October, then be sure to book for our popular summer camps these December/ January holidays.

Okay, so here's the low down on the October holiday camp...

Shaka Zulu Week (5 - 12 October)
We all love our heritage, as South African we are very blessed to have all the diverse cultural backgrounds that we do! These October holidays, Sugar Bay is going to bring your children a week where they'll look back on a very influential king from right here in Africa – Shaka Zulu.

What to expect:
Shaka Zulu Week will bring the Zulu Culture alive, and kids will discover how much fun it would be to have been a Zulu Warrior! Camp will be transformed into Sugar Shaka Land. Of course, every kingdom needs a king, so the male counselors will battle it out for the title of King Shaka of Sugar Bay. During every lunch and dinner, two males counselors will face off in a challenge to show the campers who deserves to take home the title.

This week each cabin will be given a Zulu warrior tribe name. Throughout the week, each tribe will be working together on a show that they will present to Sugar Bay's King Shaka at the end of camp. The show may include singing, dancing, stick fighting or presenting the king with something impressive they have made! Additionally, each tribe will dress up in their best Zulu inspired attire to impress the king during their performances.

Anyone can learn how to be a great Zulu warrior, since we will be offering classes everyday for those campers who would like to get in touch with their inner warrior.

Some classes include:
  • stick fighting
  • bread making
  • drumming
  • making your own shield
  • Learn some fun Zulu phrases

Optional overnight excursion:
This camp also offers an optional overnight excursion Shaka Land. Here, the campers will get the chance to explore a real cultural village, learn all about the Zulu lifestyle which includes beading, stick fighting and beer making. They will have a lovely dinner and sleep over at Shaka Land. Campers will also enjoy a full breakfast before making their way back to camp.

If you'd rather give the Shaka Land excursion a skip:

The campers who choose to stay at camp will also enjoy a night camping out under the stars! They will venture out into the sugar cane fields to find Shaka's favourite camp out spot! Here they share dinner around the fire followed by stories, songs and smores of course!

The city slickers need not worry, we have planned the perfect escape for them too! Camp will be transformed into their very own 'Mangwanani Spa' for the night. There will be face masks, baking and even neck massages, and this will all be followed by movies in the theatre.

This is just the beginning! We have so much more exciting things planned for this week. Be sure to book now, so your kids can be part of our very own Zulu adventure! 

Here are our rates & dates and when you are ready:
Call (032) 485 3778 ,
Email: , 
Or simply book online

Here's a sneak peak into what the camp experience at Sugar Bay is like, and if you would like to see what takes place in some of our themed holiday weeks, have a look at our gallery.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Getting wet and wild for Sugar Bay's 13th Birthday!

Hi Everyone!

It's our birthday!!! And who doesn't like a good birthday party? Here at Sugarbay we are having a 10 day bash. Between all the awesome wet and crazy wild activities we have thrown in some birthday fun too. Our sand castle challenge this week was to create a birthday cake. Here is a photo of this weeks winner:

Of course what party would be complete without cupcakes! Some of the girls got to show us their creative side by making some awesome colourful creations.

Then they burned off the extra energy by doing wild barrel rolls in the pool!

Well I'm off to go make a splash!
Keep on smiling!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

An influx of brainiacs this week!

Hi Everyone!

This week is all about The Big bang Theory and science! We are having loads of fun seeing everyone dressed up in their geeky attire!

After lathering on copious amounts of sunscreen our nerds headed out for some sunlight!

There's no trace of hiding from any sun or adventure this week!

Well I'm off to go and build a rocket.
Keep on smiling!

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Candy craziness at the bay!

Hi everyone!

There's candy everywhere! This week is beacon all sorts week and we are all enjoying a sugar rush.

Of course here at sugar bay we like to play with our food! What better way to show your favourite counselor some love than to dunk them in goopy jelly!

Luckily we have loads of activities to use up all the extra energy.

Well I'm off to go hunt for a golden ticket in the tuck shop!
Keep on smiling!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

A whole boat load of new counselors at the bay!

Hi everyone!

This week at Sugarbay we have counselor training week, which means new friends and wacky nicknames. Everyone is very excited to join the Sugarbay family and meet all future campers.This week is all about learning the ropes, literally! Some faced their fears by conquering the King Swing!

Everyone learnt how to save a life with proper life guarding techniques and equipment as well as CPR training. Also test their stamina with a swim all the way to the back line in the ocean.

It is so much fun learning new skills and be able to try out all the activities. Our brand new counselors are very excited to show future campers all the different ways to have the time of your life!

Well I'm off to learn how to snorkel!
Keep on smiling.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Khanyisa School visiting Sugarbay!

Hi everyone!

We are all very excited to have Khanyisa here at the bay to share some winter rays with us, all the way from Limpopo.

Everyone is loving the beach and swimming in the sea, we even had some ladies dancing in the waves!

 For the those who prefer to stay dry, there are always beach sports - and the kids here are rocking it.

Even though these guys live far away from the beach, we did find some great surfers.
So I'm running off to go join in on some land adventures now!

Oh by the way, happy international hot dog day! I'm sure you know what was on the menu for lunch today.

Keep on smiling