Friday, 30 October 2015

It's fun galore with Charlton Vos College

This week we were joined by 120 grade 5 - 7 campers from Charlton Vos College all the way from Pretoria for their fun and bonding tour. Excitement was written all over their faces and their minds were blown away by our cool counselors, exciting activities, the beach and a lot more.

                         Memories were created at the beach with friends and counselors.

         Creativity is a form of self expression 

     Camp is were we overcome our fears and get to try out new things

      The teachers got to have fun too

    What's final night without party night?

For more information about school or holiday camps, visit our website or check out our Facebook page.To join us for a holiday camp check out our rates & dates and book online here. You can also check out some of our previous holiday camps to find out more about the Sugar Bay experience.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

October camp: How we tackled our rugby fever

This week the campers were welcomed to England for the 2015 rugby world cup. What better way to show support for the Springboks than a week that consisted entirely of Rugby madness.


Campers enjoyed an extraordinary day of activities at the beach that included surfing and kayaking while bonding with their peers and counselors. Monday evening had the junior campers learn some rugby skills from their counselors while the seniors got to test their rugby knowledge at quiz night.

With another beautiful day awaiting our rugby fanatics, campers were spoiled for choice with land and beach activities. That evening our campers were invited to the palace for Casino night. 

On Wednesday our campers were treated to an excursion for a viewing of the rugby match and later they enjoyed a lovely dinner at MacDonald’s.

Campers who stayed at camp didn't miss out on the rugby experience either. After their afternoon boat cruise, they watched the live rugby match at the AC lodge. The evening was topped with some delicious pizza and milkshakes.


It was another fun and exciting day for our rugby enthusiasts, with activities such as BMXing, paintball and dance, campers were guaranteed an eventful and busy day. Later that evening our campers got to show off their talents in front of the judges at Sugar Bay's Got Talent.

 Friday night was party night and these campers proved to us that their skills stretched further than the rugby field when they hit the dance floor. It was an evening of dance, fun and laughter with our peers, which was topped with a fire show by some of our campers and counselors.


Saturday started off with awesome activities including an experience on our bungee trampoline, Space Jump, where we saw some out of this world moves. Saturday was also Match Day and after the intense week of practice and preparation, we found out which cabin took their training seriously in a touch rugby match. The match carried on throughout the afternoon and Clown Fish who were representing Scotland were crowed the Sugar Bay Touch rugby champions for 2015.

 If you couldn't join us for this camp, you can still  book your spot for our December camps. Check out our rates & dates here.

Watch the October highlight video here


3 Ways you can be a supportive parent


Children often excel when they are given the chance to be who they want to become. Similarly, all parents want their children to be the best that they can be. However, for parents, this sometimes means finding a job that pays well so they can be guaranteed a stable future. Whereas, children are thinking more along the lines of doing what they are passionate about.

So, how can you help your child follow their dreams? Below are 3 ways you can support your child's passion, and how we at Sugar Bay implement these steps too.

  1. Let them explore:

    Encourage your children to try new things and don't pressure them to succeed.

    How Sugar Bay does this: Children are encouraged to try different activities all the time and the choice is entirely up to them as to what kind of activities they want to join. For example, a camper from Johannesburg who's never seen the beach before leaves camp feeling like the ultimate surfer.
  2. Speak of abundance and avoid scarcity:

    Your child should be able to believe that dreams are achievable. They should be able to do the things that they put their mind to, without being told that there are no resources or possibility of ever being able accomplish a dream.
    How Sugar Bay does this: Even when there is only one child who wants to go to a dance class, our dance instructor will accommodate that child rather than telling them that they cannot run the class.
  3. Watch movies or read books about big dreamers:
    You want your child to know that anything is possible if you dream it, see it, illustrate it.

    How Sugar Bay does this: Though we do not watch movies at camp because we emphasize the importance of being outdoors and interacting with other kids, story telling plays a huge role in helping children dream big. Whether these stories are told at the bonfire or in cabins just before bed time; our counselors have many stories to share about their experiences, and how dreaming big played a role in who they are today. 
I changed my course three times before finally doing something I love and am passionate about. My parents supported my decision without putting any pressure on me, and I couldn't be more thankful for that.

I've heard that those who dream big and follow those dreams will live longer, live happier and attract healthy, supportive people into their lives. Every parent wants that for their child. So whether you're raising a ballerina, soccer star or gymnast instead of the doctor or lawyer you dreamed of - supporting your children's dreams is a great way of expressing your love for them.