Friday, 29 July 2016

5 Reasons why failure is good for your child

Have you ever watched your child working hard at something, and at the same time had to watch them fail at it too? As a parent, you've probably tried everything you could to make every failure less of a burden to your child. But, there are days, when even parents, aka. "know-it-alls" realize that we actually don't have the answers to everything.

Failure is a tough lesson. It often ends in tears, frustration, and dismayed spirits to give something another shot. But failure isn't a lesson to be afraid of. More often, children learn more from their mistakes than they do from their success. When faced with failure, they are forced to employ creative problem-solving skills, try a new strategy, and persevere.

Here are 5 Reasons why Failure is good for your child:

 

1. Failure will make them Problem Solvers

Children are naturally curious and masters of discovery. Failure without any interference from parents will help children learn from the struggle which is part of what builds confidence in the future.

2. Failure will help them Persevere

Pressurizing children to succeed will not encourage them to keep trying. When children are taught that success and winning are the most important things, they will fear failure and stop trying. When parents make room for failure, kids learn that it's acceptable to get it wrong sometimes. They also learn to persevere and work through their hardships.

3. Failure will make them courageous risk takers

Children will definitely fall, get hurt sometimes, lose when they want to win, and experience frustration along the way, but when they are given the opportunity to work through all of that, they will be able to pick themselves up. We want our kids to take on new challenges with confidence even though they may be risky.

4. Failure will help them to cope

When we step back and let our children fail, they are forced to cope with the struggle. If you don't allow your children to fail, they won't learn how to cope with failure. It is essential that children learn how to cope with feelings of frustration, failure, and negativity. They need to learn how to work through their hardships independently.

5. Failure builds Independence

The end goal of failure is to produce confident children who are ready to tackle any challenge they're faced with and learn from their mistakes independently. Parents cannot always hover over their children and fix their failures, children need to pick up the pieces on their own. This way, children will learn that they can actually face failure independently.


Through failure, children learn to succeed. Every time we rescue our children from a challenge, we unknowingly show them that we believe that they are incompetent, incapable, and unworthy of our trust. If we want to help our kids succeed, we have to stop trying to ensure their success for them.

Send your child to camp during our holiday camps this August! Head over to our website and book online. Watch this playlist featuring all the highlights  of our holiday camps. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.
 

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Camp goes beyond building campfires

Not everything your children learn is found in a textbook or on a tablet. Most of life’s greatest lessons are learned from real life experiences itself and are taught at no expense.
Camping is the best teacher that keeps your child away from technology and reels them into the reality of life. Children learn from camp, not just survival skills, but also the value of certain qualities such as courage, confidence, and character. 
 
Camp builds Courage


At camp, we believe in encouraging our campers. This encouragement very quickly grows into a quality that creates a brave child, who is open to trying new things and is courageous enough to never give up.

At Sugar Bay, we offer this activity where our campers jump off a bridge and into a lagoon. This is definitely one of the greatest courage building activities for our campers so that they learn to face whatever challenges thrown their way, fearlessly.

Camp builds Confidence 

Our wonderfully trained counselors who boast expertise in child psychology, know and understand that in order for courage to be used to accomplish greater milestones, our campers need to be confident. 
 
At Sugar Bay, we rest assured that our campers are filled with confidence in their minds, in their abilities, and in their individualism from day one. Our dexterous programmer knows just how to incorporate the best ice-breaking activities into the program that builds confidence in our campers and at the same time, wins them a bunch of new friends. What a great way to begin a 7 day holiday indeed. Confident, courageous and curious about the new friends they’ve just met.

Camp builds Character 

On the final night of camp, on the eve before our campers head back home, is when each of our camper’s character shines and takes centre stage.

During our final campfire, as we reflect on the week, our campers open up and share all their thoughts, feelings and emotions about how camp has changed their lives. In doing so, they reveal the character they have built from friendships, from challenges, and character from down-to-earth experiences.

We are very proud to say that Sugar Bay offers these diverse experiences which are necessary to develop character, confidence, and courage in our campers. Besides building campfires and making smores, all our Sugar Bay campers go home with qualities that they can’t be taught from an education, but rather learn from real life experiences which we live by, day-to-day, at camp.

Give your child the camping experience they need these holiday camps this August! Head over to our website and book online. Watch this playlist featuring all the highlights  of our holiday camps. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.
 
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Review: June/July Holiday Camps

Our June/July holiday camps at Sugar Bay were absolutely incredible! We were host to a total of 208 cool campers during the winter break. “Winter break”, hahaha, not sure why they call it a winter break on the warm KZN coast. The season didn't stop us from having as much Sugar Bay fun as we usually do in summer. We were fortunate enough to have sunshine throughout our holiday camps with a mild chill in the air during the evenings. If anything, we had a sunny



Angry Birds week: 26 June – 3 July


We took off with the Angry Birds as our first theme for our June/July holiday camps. Our camp was transformed into the life-size version of the popular mobile game and our campers were given the opportunity to spread their wings and have some extraordinary feather flocking fun! We even went on an excursion to the Umgeni Bird Park in Durban, keeping with the theme and learning more about the spectacular bird species that South Africa has to offer. 

Check out the pictures from The Jungle Book week!
 

All American Bash week: 3 – 10 July

 



Before we knew it, June turned into July and it was time to celebrate with America as they celebrated their annual Independence day on the 4th of July. We celebrated with America all week long during All American Bash week. From Independence day, all the way to Halloween – we certainly had a bash all round. We even went on an excursion to the Barnyard Theatre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, where we watched a popular production called 90's Mania. The American Dream became a reality for all of our campers during this themed holiday camp. 

Check out the pictures from the All American Bash week!
 

Jungle Book week: 10 – 17 July 

 



We heard a human cry in our Sugar Bay Jungle, and that's when we knew Mowgli was here and it was time for The Jungle Book week at Sugar Bay. Camp was turned into a Jungle with twirling snakes hanging from the ceiling and roaring tigers heard from a distance. All our campers were brave enough to bring out their inner man cub spirit and face the wild the same way Mowgli did. We also headed out on a wild, jungle-inspired excursion to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve in Umfolozi where our campers got to experience the Big Five right before their eyes. We went wild during The Jungle Book week and made many memorable memories. 

Check out the pictures from the Jungle Book week!

So much fun and yet so little time... This is exactly how we felt about our June/July holiday camps. However, we can all rest assured knowing we have a superb line-up for our upcoming August holiday camp. Stay in touch and we'll keep you posted. 

You can’t miss any of these holiday camps this August! Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for a memorable Sugar Bay holiday camp that you will treasure forever. Check out this playlist featuring all the highlights  of our holiday camps. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.
 


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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Upcoming August Holiday Camps

 

We’re already in the second half of the year, and that means we can say goodbye to the winter chills and splash into the warmer climate!

A new season means another school vacation, and more spectacular Sugar Bay holiday camps!


Check out our amazing August line-up and book now to secure your space at another incredibly themed holiday camp.

Ghostbusters week: 7 – 14 August


 

Things are getting a little “spooky” at Sugar Bay, but no worries…
Who ya gonna call?
GHOSTBUSTERS!

It’s time for another spooky expedition with the Ghostbusters at Sugar Bay as we search for all forms of paranormal activity, to prove to the world that ghosts really do exist.

Highlights:


•    Specialized spooky classes: Slime-making and Ghost foam-making

•    Ghost Busting Flash Mob
•    Ghost Buster Slime Fest
•    Spooky camp out with ghosts
•    Ghost costume creation

How much will this spooky scenario cost?


Book now to get Ghost-Busting!

Japan week: 14 – 21 August


 

Join us as we bring the Japanese island nation, situated in the Pacific Ocean, all the way to our Sugar Bay shores. Enjoy the full Japan experience; from the cultural cuisine to the spiritual sumo wrestling by joining us for this country-themed camp.

Highlights:


•    Sushi-making classes

•    Origami classes
•    Anime’ drawing classes
•    Martial Arts classes
•    Sumo Wrestling

Excursion:


Campers will be taken on a Japanese-inspired excursion to the arcade for gaming and bowling at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Durban. 


What will the Japanese experience cost?

Book now to get a taste of Japan!

Nitro Circus week: 21 – 28 August


 

Get your daredevil spirit on and join us for Nitro Circus week at Sugar Bay. Nitro Circus is an "action sport collective" led by a troupe of talented and daring individuals who specialise in extreme sports. We’re bringing our campers our very own version of this popular feature with extreme bmx-ing, skating, base jumping, and stunt performing.

Highlights:


•    Extreme Sports

•    Adrenaline Meter
•    Extreme BMX and Skating ramps for level 3 campers
•    Cheerleading classes
•    Awards for the best in each category

Excursion:


Our adrenaline junky campers will be taken to Jump for Joy in Durban, an indoor trampoline arena where they can indulge in some extreme jumping.


How much will it be for my adrenaline junky to attend?


Book now for some extreme sports action!


Splash Birthday week: 28 August – 4 September


Sugar Bay is celebrating their 15th birthday by making a big splash during our Splash Birthday week themed holiday camp. We’re celebrating this milestone with our very own gift to our camp and campers…


A Waterslide! 



 

We have asked all our campers what they would like to have at Sugar Bay and now we’ve brought what they wanted to the house.

Highlights:


•    Waterslide initiating ceremony

•    Birthday cake-making
•    Splash of Colour – Colour Festival
•    Water balloon activities
•    Splashing galore with:
-    Water
-    Paint

Excursion:

Our campers will be heading over to Ushaka Marine World’s Wet ‘n Wild Theme Park where they will be making their own splash in celebration of Sugar Bay’s birthday. 


How much will it cost to join in the splashing?

Book now and celebrate Sugar Bay's birthday with us!

You can’t miss any of these holiday camps this August! Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for a memorable Sugar Bay holiday camp that you will treasure forever. Wondering what our holiday camps are all about? Check out this playlist featuring all the highlights. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.


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5 Steps to grow Confidence in Kids

Bullying in schools in this day and age is rife. As parents, whether our child is the victim or the perpetrator, we have every right to be concerned. The common ground for bullying, involving both the victim and perpetrator is the lack of confidence.

Confident kids are less likely to bully others, be bullied, and are more likely to befriend those who are bullied. When a child is confident, and knows their strengths and weaknesses, him/her know and are aware that they can learn from other people, rather than feeling threatened by them. This is why, at Sugar Bay, we believe in placing great emphasis on building children’s confidence.

Here are 5 steps to growing confident kids:


 

1. Teach your kids acceptance

Teach your child that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Once he/she establishes this, teach them that just because someone else doesn’t feel the same way they do about a certain situation, this is no reason to feel bad about anything. They need to accept their differences and be proud of it.

2. Practice good manners


Teaching your child good manners will result in them knowing how to act around and treat others with respect. Having good manners will definitely make your child feel good about him/her. Etiquette helps children develop the qualities of a leader.

Start small and work on the simple basics like posture, eye contact, giving people their undivided attention whilst communicating, etcetera. Good manners aren’t a once off lesson, you need to practice good manners every day and while doing so, inform your child that this is how they should treat people. 

3. Give credit where it’s due

 
You are entitled to give your child compliments; however, you do not have to “sugar coat” everything. You need to get specific about their accolades. Instead of saying to your child; “Your grades are good” when you are well aware that they can improve, try a different approach. Say something like: “Well done. I am proud of your achievement; continue working hard and I am positive you will get even higher grades”. This type of approach reinforces the child’s confidence by praising them while motivating him/her to work harder.

4. Reinforce independence


Grooming your kids to be independent is a very important. As much as you want your kids to be aware that they have your support and that your presence is always felt in their lives, teaching them to be independent is one of the key factors to confidence. 
When your child is in trouble and you constantly run to the rescue, you are showing your child that you think he or she is not a capable person. Part of building confidence is learning how to cope with all types of situations- independently.

5. Implement social skills

 
Many children are very confident and comfortable in their own environment. However, outside of home is where most of the “lack of confidence” problems are born. If you do not expose your children to being around other people who are not family, you will never allow them the opportunity to express themselves confidently in public. This will result in a low self-esteem when they are around others. Once your child succeeds at interacting with others at home, you can be rest assured they will do just fine anywhere else.
When you have applied these five principles in your kid's everyday lives, there is no doubt we will have 1 less bully, 1 less being bullied and 1 more friend to someone who has been bullied. Oh, and we forgot to mention…

Confident, courageous, admirable kids!

It’s a win-win situation all round!  


 

You can’t miss any of these holiday camps this August! Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for a memorable Sugar Bay holiday camp that you will treasure forever. Check out this playlist featuring all the highlights  of our holiday camps. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.


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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

DIY: Kaa Bracelets – Jungle Book

Not everyone are fans of slimy, slithering, snakes… But here at Sugar Bay, we adore them! They are really such beautiful creatures. Have you noticed how inspired we are by Kaa from The Jungle Book this week? 

So, much so, that we have found a great, creative way of turning the concept into a beautiful handmade bracelet. 

DIY: Kaa Bracelets

 
You will need: 

•    Pipe Cleaners in a variety of colors
•    Red pipe cleaner
•    Pony beads
•    Googly eyes
•    Hot glue gun

Directions: 

1. Bend the end of a pipe cleaner to prevent the beads from slipping off, then thread the beads onto the pipe cleaner. 

2.    The last six beads on each pipe cleaner should be the same color. 

3.    Fold the pipe cleaner back on itself to create a triangular-shape - this is your snake’s head.

4.    Cut the red pipe cleaner into small pieces, and then fold the end to create a thick tongue. 

5.    Use the hot glue to attach this piece to the bottom of your snake’s head. 

6.    Glue on the eyes, and then bend the body into an “s” shape. 

 

Now bend your bracelet to fit your wrist and show off your slithering Kaa bracelet!


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Check out some of the pictures from our Jungle Book themed holiday camp.  
Let there be no excuses for you to miss camp. Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another cool themed camp these Winter holidays. Wondering what our holiday camps are all about? Check out this playlist featuring all the highlights. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.

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DIY: Kaa – The Jungle Book

 

Trust in me,
Just in me,
Shut your eyes
and Trust in Me.


You can sleep…


Safe and sound,
Knowing I,
Am around. 

We all were certainly creped out and almost hypnotized by the dramatic scene where Kaa does a performance of his very own number “Trust in me” in The Jungle Book. 

As much as he can be creepy, The Jungle Book could never be the same without Kaa, the Indian Rock Python. 

In celebration of the Jungle Book week at Sugar Bay, we’re inspired to create a Kaa paper craft. It’s so simple, and oh so easy. Oh, and not as creepy as Kaa himself.

DIY: Kaa Craft - The Jungle Book

 

You will need: 

•    Dark Brown Card Paper
•    Crème Card Paper
•    A pair of Scissors
•    Glue
•    A Pencil
•    Brown Koki Pen
•    Pink Koki Pen
•    Googly Eyes


Directions:

1.    Draw a spiral on the crème coloured card paper.
2.    Using a pair of scissors, cut out the shape.
3.    With your pencil, make spots like Kaa’s on the dark brown card paper and cut them out.
4.    Stick the spots on the crème spiral card with the glue.
5.    Now draw Kaa’s face on the extra bits of your crème card paper.
6.    Use your brown koki pen to draw his lips.
7.    Use the pink koki pen to draw Kaa’s tongue.
8.    Stick the googly eyes on Kaa’s face as his eyes.
9.    Stick the completed face to the spiral body. 

Cool Tip:

•    Attach a piece of string to Kaa’s head and hang him from your ceiling. It will appear as if Kaa is spiraling down to you. 

Now you may hiss away and sing Kaa’s song! 

Love our Sugar Bay creativity activities? Check out more in this video

Check out some of the pictures from our Jungle Book themed holiday camp.  
Let there be no excuses for you to miss camp. Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another cool themed camp these Winter holidays. Wondering what our holiday camps are all about? Check out this playlist featuring all the highlights. To view the finer details for each of our themed holiday camps and prices, check out our rates and dates.

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