Monday, 18 May 2015

Southdowns College loves Sugar Bay counselors

We said goodbye to our Southdowns College campers last week Friday, after an epic week in the Bay! Just before they left, we caught up with the campers and teachers, and this is what they had to say about their experience at Sugar Bay.

We asked our campers these three questions:
  1. What were your highlights of camp?
  2. What is that one thing you'll miss about camp?  
  3. Any lessons, camp taught you? 

Robyn Rhodes (11)

1. The food was really good!
2. I will miss all the counselors.
3. I learnt how to get off a current in the ocean and a lot of teamwork skills.

Sohana Pillay (12) 
1. It has to be the beach, crate building and the food was really nice.
2. I will miss all the counselors, but Pebbles was my favourite.
3. We were taught not to get into the pool without a lifeguard on that chair.

Steven Peddie (11)

1. I really enjoyed the king swing and sea swimming.
2. I will miss the counselors.
3. Learnt how to body board properly, which will be helpful because I will be in Durban for the holidays.


Michael Smyth (12)
1. My highlight is being with my friends in the cabin, the fun activities and food.
2. I will miss all the counselors.
3. I learnt how to long board.

Shaliya Ramparsad (11) 
1. My highlight has to be the counselors, they're really funny. The beach and all the cool activities we did.
2. I will miss the tuck shop and the counselors, they were the best part of camp.
3. What I learnt is that you should always listen for the whistle at the beach and always know where you're supposed to swim.

Lesedi, Christian, Nqobani and Nthato
1. Our highlights have to be the beach, the food, cabins, king swing and everything.
2. We'll miss our counselors and the camp vibes.
3. We learnt to communicate more and some tricks.

Tirzah Van der Merwe (12)
1. My highlights were running at the beach, swimming and I loved all the food.
2. I will miss everything about Sugar Bay.
3. Teamwork and I also learnt about animals and nature.

Kgantso Mobu (12)
1. The beach, the food, the counselors, cabins and everything.
2. Counselor Miranda.
3. I just want to come back here.

Britney Quickfall (12)
1. My highlight has to be the beach
2. I will miss my counselor, Puzzles.
3. I learnt a lot about working in a team, barefoot is better and that I shouldn't go to bed too late you'll be miserable in the morning.

And this is what the teachers had to say..

Ross Foley (Head of Sports-Primary)

Camp highlights? There are so many highlights, but it has to be the easy access to the beach, the beautiful weather, Pretoria is freezing and the counselors.

I love Sugar Bay because... It's peaceful, a part of Africa that no one knows about and it's tranquil.

Was it beneficial for the kids? Yes! They learnt a lot about each other, and having counselors 24/7 was really great and they are taking home great life lessons they learnt here.

Rozanne Zwarts (Afrikaans teacher)

Camp highlights? The variety of activities and the two worlds kids get to explore. The beach and land.
I love Sugar Bay because... of the beach, the sun and the counselors were a big thing for me.

Was it beneficial for the kids? In terms of leadership skills, having fun and having their own little space.

Marisa Iturralde (Maths Teacher)

Camp highlights? The facilities, cleanliness, the beauty of the place and 24/7 supervision of the children. We were certain that they were in good hands.

I love Sugar Bay because... It gives children an opportunity they wouldn't have had at school.

Was it beneficial for the kids? The children learnt to be independent and enjoyed each others company than they do in school.

Ashleigh McGhw (Intern)

Camp highlights? Being here brings back old memories, I was here as a kid and it's just the same feeling that I had, excitement.

I love Sugar Bay because... It makes one feel like a kid again and doing all the fun activities.

Was it beneficial for the kids? Definitely, you can see a lot of them were scared to try new things but once they did, they realize it is so much fun. 

We will miss our Southdowns Campers! Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

April's foam-breathing, boat-rocking dragon myths.

Iron Brew on the rocking Bubbles Bus
April has come and gone but a lot of memories were created during our Holiday Camp at Sugar Bay. Over 300 hundred kids were part of this amazing experience. The camps ran for four weeks and each week had it's own special theme.

Ahoy! Young sailors.
We rocked that boat!
Our first camp was Rock the boat week, our rock star campers were taken on an adventure like never before. Our young sailors were welcomed into our Sugar Bay Cruise Liner and were kept entertained until they arrived. It was a week of loads of fun. 

Let the Dragon adventures begin!
Off we go dragon hunting..
A quick photo before continuing our trek to Camp Out.
And so the dragon adventures began in our second April holiday camp! Our How to Train your Dragon campers enjoyed a lot of activities including paintball, sea swim, dune jumping and a lot more. Did we mention that our Junior Dragons had a Dragon Hunt, Camp Out/Camp In and Dragon Training, while the seniors tried their hand at being the Ultimate Dragon Chef, had epic Vikings Evening and also went to Camp Out/Cam. How amazing is that? 

Myths busted!

Photo booth time Mythbusters.

A group of crazy scientists landed at Sugar bay to bust all those camp myths! This week was filled with lots of experimenting for new and old campers. It included experimenting in the kitchen, beach fun and over 100 activities that our campers choose from.

Foam party fun!
We had to end our Holiday Camp on a high note! Fun Fun And more foam fun! We had a Foamy Auction where our juniors got to mess their team mates with foam and impress the judges at the same time. Campers went all out to impress the judges. It was a FUNtastic week indeed!

Foam fun!

If your child missed out on the April Holiday Camp, don't worry! The good news is that
there are upcoming camps in July, August,October and December. For more information on the rates and dates, visit our website here:

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Southdowns spreads their contagious team spirit

It's that time of the week: a sneak peak on all the fun that's happening at camp this week.

The Southdowns College grade 6's landed at Sugar Bay on Monday afternoon. Excitement was written all over their faces. This is their first time here, and they didn't know what to expect. Their minds are surely blown away by our cool counselors, exciting activities, the beach and a lot more FUN.

Can you imagine ninety eight children plus four teachers with amazing energy? This week is going to be an epic one at camp.
Beach fun - and it gets a whole lot better!

First thing's first, campers were divided into their different cabin groups. They were already singing war cries at this point! Talk about team spirit!

Campers are treated to fun-filled activities everyday, all day. If they're not at the beach having fun in the sun - be it surfing, body boarding, kayaking, sea swimming or doing some beach craft - they'll be playing soccer, touch rugby, wall climbing, water rockets, skating, arts and crafts and a lot more.

At the night we made sure that these campers have the best memories to take home. Campers were entertained with evening activities which included, Minute to Win It game show and a treasure hunt. The evenings ended in song, dance and some magic tricks at camp fire. Best of all, we will definitely be ending our week in style with our party night. We're so excited!

Teachers get to have fun too!

Unfortunately we're saying goodbye to them on Friday morning. We are surely going to miss our Southdowns Campers! We hope to see them again soon.

We will miss our Southdowns campers

Sugar Bay is heaven for kids

Tweet, a newbie staff member, shares her experience about her first impressions of Sugar Bay.

Like many new campers, I didn't know what to expect for my first time at Sugar Bay. I was excited and scared at the same time, and an unexpected delay had me freaked out, since I was expected to arrive at 9am. All of that changed the minute I arrived. I felt like a kid in a candy shop and there were so many cool things that caught my eye as I made my way to the reception area. I couldn't wait to take photos and post on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.

I was introduced to the amazing Sugar Bay team and when I say amazing, I literally mean the team is just too sweet but the counselors have to be my favourite. The few counselors that I can remember are Tropika, Pepsi, Veggie, Iron Brew, Gummy Bear and Freestyle. Yes, I think there is a Freestyle at camp. If I were given the chance, I would honestly go back to school just so I could experience the epic time children have here.

I arrived just in time to see the Southdowns College's grade six school tour group arrive too. The office staff called out, “You don't wanna miss this, the school is here!” I rushed down to see those little boys and girls arriving with their luggage and the biggest smiles. It was priceless. Excitement was written all over their faces and they could not wait to see what the week had in store for them.

As it was also my first camp experience, I couldn't help but be in awe of the little things that warmed my heart. After arrival the children were divided into their cabin groups. The love and team spirit evident as each joined their different groups was inspiring.

During supper I got to see the children working together in a team as they cleaned up after themselves. I am sure their parents will be impressed when their little one's come home more responsible. After camp, I doubt anyone will have to remind them about their chores.

I also had the privilege of going to the beach with the group, how cool is that? There were loads of activities that catered for everyone. These activities ranged from surfing, kayaking, body boarding, beach craft, beach soccer and loads of FUN - even the teachers are having the time of their lives.

The first thing I told my big sister when she called to check up on me the other night was, “You have to bring your kids here, this place is so cool!”

The good news is that there are upcoming camps in July, August,October and December. You wouldn't want your child to miss out on all this fun. For more information on the rates and dates, visit our website here:

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Enjoy summer in July - only at Sugar Bay!

Remember that one time when it was really really cold and nobody could ride their bikes or eat ice-cream? Well we don't, and neither do any of our Sugar Bay campers because every day is a sunny day here! We're celebrating our summer in winter madness with a little bit of France (ooh-la-la), a good dose of ice-cream and waffles, and we're singing winter to the curb at the top of our voices!

Pitch Perfect Week (28 June - 5 July)

Are your vocal chords at the ready? No?! Aca-scuse me? Fear not, a week of Pitch Perfect palooza will get you ready to sing your heart out.

With this year's highly anticipated release of Pitch Perfect 2, we figured it was the perfect (haha, get it!) time to celebrate the aca-awesome movie that had us all practicing our do-re-mi's, singing into hairbrushes and attempting to make some sort of rhythm with a few plastic cups.

Whether you're tone-deaf or already a daring diva, you're sure to have the time of your life during this week's holiday camp. Even if you don't like singing and can't hold a tune any longer than you can hold a smile off your face when you're swimming in the sea, Pitch Perfect Week will have something that you won't want to miss out on, you can a-ca-believe it! We're Dixie Chicks serious.

Feel free to sing it from the mountains and the rooftops, this is what we've got in store:

  • DJ, dance & singing classes in addition to our other 100+ free-choice activities 
  • An aca-awesome excursion to Durban's Barnyard Theatre to see a spectacular show
Did you know that karaoke means 'empty orchestra' in Japan? With all this and more planned for Pitch Perfect Week, and with so many new activities to try, the only thing that will be 'empty' is your bucket list!

So grab your microphone, roll the cameras and let's get ready to party, Pitch Perfect style! 

Waffles & Ice Cream Week

(5 July - 12 July)

Waffles? Check! Ice Cream? Check. Best Week Ever? You betcha!

There's nothing that says 'summer' more than an ice cream cone. Just picture that dreamy, creamy soft serve piled high on a tasty chocolate-dipped waffle cone complete with chocolate flake, maybe a few chocolate sprinkles here and there... WOW! OK, now that got our mouths watering! Even though July is technically winter in South Africa, it's always summer here at Sugar Bay. So to celebrate our wonderful weather and winning combination of beach and land activities, we're giving you a tasty treat with the best of both in Waffles and Ice Cream week!

Just like everyone has their favorite toppings, we know that not every kid likes the same things. That's just one of the reasons we offer over 100 free-choice activities for campers to pick and choose from.

Now, of course the week involves much more than just eating a decorated waffle or two (and don't worry parents, it's not going to be an all-out sugar fest!)

Check out the cherries on top of this fantastic week:
  • A sweet excursion to the ice skating rink for some frozen fun! 
  • Waffle Land party night
  • Waffle and ice cream making classes every day
I scream, You scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM (and Waffles!) (and Sugar Bay!) Oh heck, just scream for anything! But be sure to sign up, otherwise there'll be all sorts of unfriendly screaming in your household.

Now tell us that doesn't make you smile with sweet sweet satisfaction! 

Tour de France Week (12 July - 19 July)

Saddle up for seven super days of cycling fun as we celebrate the famous Tour de France bicycle race right here at Sugar Bay.

Your camper isn't big into cycling? Not a problem! Or pas de problème as they say in France. We'll have so much more than just bike riding going on. In fact, mountain biking and BMXing are just 2 of the activities available, and with over 100 exciting new things to try, they'll be spoiled for choice.

Now we all know that French cuisine is renowned for being one of the finest in the world, but there's no need to travel all the way to Europe for it. We've brought the feasts of France right here to Zinkwazi, KZN! We've even got our own Paris! 


So get on your bike, take the trail less traveled, get your tyres muddy and stand a chance at winning that prized yellow jersey.

But hold on to your helmets riders, we've also got some super special things planned:
  • Get ready to ride in style along the Durban promenade, just like they do in the movies! 
  • A French-inspired bicycle relay involving the entire camp

Are you wheelie wheelie excited? We knew it!


Summer in Winter is just what the doctor ordered for your children! Give them the holiday they deserve. Here are our rates & dates and when you are ready to book:
Call (032) 485 3778
Or simply book online

Friday, 1 May 2015

You know you're a Sugar Bay camper when...

    • You arrive speaking perfectly good English (or French or Spanish etc) and leave saying things like "Inja" and "Yeah Boi!"   
    • Words like 'helicopter' and 'butterfly' take on completely different meanings... #poi  

    • Seeing monkeys outside your bedroom window becomes just an everyday thing  
    • Wearing shoes becomes a thing of the past... who needs 'em?! 
    • No matter the activity, Tuck Shop is always the best part of every day

    • The Party Room has the power to instantly transform you into a professional fist pumper, right on!  
    • You know a duck that thinks he's a dog (Borris) and learn that the 3 little pigs is more than just a child's story   
    • Wearing sunscreen is cool, especially if it's brightly coloured Zinka 
    • You choose to wear a beanie to the beach, in the middle of summer, because they're awesome #SugarBaymerchandise  

    • Your role models, while awesome, don't sound like real people with names like Gummie Bear, Sprite, Sticky and Javelin 
    • You catch yourself singing "Thank you for this DAY" before every meal... #camplife 
    • Iron Brew becomes the new Harry Styles of your world

    • Strangers become new friends, and everyone knows camp friends are friends for life!
    If you're desperate to be part of this cool crew of Sugar Bay past campers, check out our latest rates & dates information to see when, where and how you can join us here at camp! Don't forget to visit our YouTube Channel to see what the Sugar Bay experience is all about!