Monday, 29 June 2015

How Sugar Bay raises leaders at camp

Are leaders born or are they made?  

We're close to 4 decades since the act of  absolute bravery displayed by the courageous South African youth in 1976. In celebrating this heroic act, we cannot help but wonder what the future holds for our youth at this moment in time. In the spirit of youth month, the big question on our Bay is,

"What efforts are we making to encourage sound leadership and teamwork among our children?"
In light of this, Youth Day gives us a few things to ponder when it comes to leadership and reformation. While there is no formula or scientific theory to raising children, the small lessons and experiences in daily life have the power to transform a life, no matter how small. 

At Sugar Bay our response to the question of raising leaders is found in our vision for camp:

To create a nurturing environment: Not only do we strive to promote a fun environment for children, but our core vision is to invite children into a space where they are nurtured mentally, physically, psychologically and emotionally; as these highly affect their capacity to succeed in any area.     

Build strong self confidence and boldness: The wide range of activities we offer at camp means that there is something for everyone, from the 'sporty kid' to the 'artsy kid'.  Children can grow in their different capacities, and at camp they have the opportunity to acquire new skills by being free to engage in other activities.

Build sound interpersonal skills: The ability to interact with other people from various backgrounds is an essential skill to have in a global age. The more we move into being a global community, the more important it is for children to be able to work with others and be part of a team. Our group and team building exercises have worked wonders in this area, especially for shy children.

Encouraging Independent Thinking:  Allowing children to choose the activities that they would like to take part in goes a long way in encouraging independent thinking and responsibility. Children will learn to become responsible for themselves, and the decisions they make. We also have activities, such as (but not limited to), arts and crafts which motivate children to think out the box.

 Our campsite also offers the opportunity for children to take part in the President's Award which opens doors for various leadership opportunities.  

It is pretty clear that our response to the question at hand is that every child is born with the ability to lead, but it takes effort and dedication to raise a thriving leader!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer memories are made in Winter

 At Sugar Bay, the sweetest memories are those wonderful recollections we have of the best moments of our lives. These are often created when we allow ourselves to just BE.

This seemed to be the motto for these vibey young campers from Thembalisha Preparatory School. Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the Kingdom of Swaziland in the Lubombo Lowveld, this school is neatly situated on the Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation Estate and a home to the most energetic little people.

Sugar Bay had an awesome taste of Swaziland as we welcomed our Camp buddies on the 26th of May 2015 for their school camp on our sunny Bay. The atmosphere was immediately filled with a cheerful spirit as these energetic Campers went about exploring what was to be their new home for the next 3 days. All geared up with war cries, eager spirits and really cool teachers; these buddies were all set for a wonderful memory-filled camping experience with fun as the center of it all.

One could tell that unforgettable memories were being created when the learners' faces lit up with excitement as they drew near to our sandy shores. For many this was a first time experience and the sight of the sea coming alive right before their eyes was absolutely spectacular!

Friends were made, bonds were strengthened and new experiences were created under our Sugar Bay's bright blue sunny skies. With outdoor activities like high roping, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming and loads more, the list of fun this week was ENDLESS! 

Energy levels were on an all time high as our campers continued to explore everything they could get their hands and feet on with the help of their wonderful counselors and friends.

Thembalisha really gave us their version of the ultimate camping experience, testifying to the truth that summer memories are indeed made in winter! We hope to see these awesome buddies again soon on our camp site.

Benefits of rock climbing for children

Having its origin in England, rock climbing has become an increasingly popular sport over the last century. While this sport has mainly been used for exercise purposes, its mental and physical effect on children is not to be under-estimated.

Here are three of the main benefits of this awesome activity:

  • The climbing process helps build concentration and focus, especially for children with autism.

  • Allows for physical development as climbing improves muscular endurance, balance and flexibility.

  • Boosts the child’s self-confidence and ability to set and achieve goals.The higher the child climbs it boosts their self esteem as they learn that they can set small goals and achieve them as they climb. A great life lesson to learn at a young age.

These are just a few of the benefits of rock climbing which have a long term effect on child growth and development. Encourage physical and mental health by allowing your children to engage in sports. At Sugar Bay, not only do we encourage fun and learning, but we also care about the holistic well-being of children, including healthy bodies and minds.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Enjoy bug-free campfires with these tricks

Camping is one of the best and super cool ways of spending time with mother nature. But that experience is quickly dampened when mother nature does not seem to be so welcoming to us. Mosquito bites, ticks, scratches here, there and EVERYWHERE turn our precious camping moments into an absolute nightmare. But fear not! We did some research and found  the best remedies to make sure you get  the best out of your camping experiences.

You'll kick yourself once you find out that some of these can be found around the house. Mom's kitchen even!

1. Beat the mosquito bites with Johnson's Baby creamy oil; it is a super-effective mosquito repellent and smells great too!

2. Adding sage to your camp fire keeps away those bugs we hate so much.

3. Citronella candles or incense is one of the most effective ways of repelling mosquitoes, as it contains citronella essential oil  which is perfect for driving these little monsters away.

4. Essential oils also do an awesome job at repelling mosquitoes. Simply mix equal parts of citronella, lavender, geranium and rosemary in a base carrier oil such as grapeseed and apply the oil to your skin this way.

5. And always remember to carry some tea tree oil and aloe vera. Tea tree oil is helpful for healing cuts, burns, infections, and a multitude of other skin afflictions. Aloe Vera on the other hand has amino acids which are non-abrasive on the skin.

Now you are armed and ready to explore the outdoors with no itchy disruptions! Go out, get dirty and LIVE.

Bucket-list of uber things to do before the big 18!!

Turning 18 may be daunting for many teenagers as it means they are stepping into adult-hood which is often accompanied by a long list of responsibilities. Before that list of responsibilities makes its way over, Sugar Bay has a bucket-list of exciting and fun things your children can do before “growth” kicks in.
  1.  Go camping- while this has no age limit, the things you can do and explore while spending the night under the stars are ENDLESS!

2. Try an indoor/outdoor activity you have never tried before - surfing, boating, rock climbing, kayaking and loads more.

  1. Dare to meet new people- Life is quite a long and very exciting journey. What makes it more meaningful are the awesome people we meet along the way. Be open to new encounters, you never know what you might learn.

  1. Get out of your comfort-zone - Try a strange meal, try being away from home for a week! It may feel daunting,  but it will be worth the experience.

  1. Sharpen your DIY skills- you never know when they might come in handy.

  1. Explore the natural environment- those strange lessons in geography, biology or science that never made any sense might make sense once you get your hands dirty.

  1. Have your birthday party on a camping resort- spend time bonding with your friends and potentially meeting new people.

  1. Make your way to Sugar Bay Holiday Camp- kill seven birds with one stone and add so much more to your bucket list! Always remember that no child ever remembered their favorite moments on television, the best moments come when we actively explore!