Friday, 26 August 2016

Nitro Circus week – Xtreme Motorcycle Exhibit

 

 

Our campers are having an adrenaline-filled experience this Nitro Circus week at Sugar Bay.
On 26 August 2016 (Thursday), our campers were treated to an extreme sports expedition complete with 360 degree bike rollovers and 3.5 meter high undercut ledges, from the Le Riche brothers. 

 

Brent, also known as “One-Wheel-le-Riche”, and Bruce, also known as “One-Hip-Wonder”, never ceased to entertain the crowd. The audience were at the edge of their seats and full of fascination as the brothers exhibited some enthralling tricks with their motorcycles. 

 

The setup and atmosphere was absolutely incredible and had our whole camp embracing the outdoors on a sunshine-filled afternoon. Campers received an in depth breakdown on body position, techniques, approach, line reading and the theory behind the science of extreme motorcycling. The kids were also allowed a question and answer session that the Le Riche brothers handled marvelously.

 

Ranked second and fourth in the United States of America, and holder of 13 South African Trials Championships, we were truly blessed to have these extreme motorcycle showstoppers bless our Sugar Bay parking lot with their stunts. 

 

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Monday, 22 August 2016

5 Fun Facts – Nitro Circus


It's Nitro Circus Week at Sugar Bay and we've gone all out and extravagant to bring an all extreme sports event to camp!

For those of you wondering what Nitro Circus is about…

Nitro Circus is an "action sport collective" led by Travis Pastrana, featuring his friends and him traveling around the world riding dirt bikes, base jumping, and performing stunts. It has spawned a tour, a second television series based on the tour, and a 3D feature film.

Here are 5 fun facts about Nitro Circus: 


1. Nitro Circus started off as a television show


Nitro Circus started off in 2006 as a miniseries on FUEL TV. It soon grew into a reality television show on MTV that featured people performing various dangerous stunts in 2009. 

2. Nitro Circus was transformed into a 3D motion picture 


 
Due to the popular demand, the television show was turned into a 3D motion picture for maximum enjoyment of stunts and effects. Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D was released in August 2012. 

3. Nitro Circus has also been turned into a reality television show 


 
Following the leader of Nitro Circus, Travis Pastrana, a reality television show called Nitro Circus Live was created. The show also follows the Nitro Circus crew as they perform live all around the world.

4. Travis Pastrana is usually the first to attempt any stunt



Travis Pastrana, who is the Ringleader of the Nitro Circus Crew, is usually the first to attempt any stunt involving dirt bikes or BMX bikes. Travis is a pro FMX rider, rally car driver, and former NASCAR driver.

5. Jolene Van Vugt holds many Guinness World Records



Female star of Nitro Circus, Jolene Van Vugt, aka “Nitro Girl”, is the first CMRC Women’s Canadian Motocross National Champion, first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike, holder of multiple Guinness World Records, and co-star of many motocross/stunt videos.

Now that you know more about Nitro Circus... It's time for us to get back to being eXtreme!

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

DIY: Origami Heart Bookmark

 
Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with the Japanese culture. And because we are hosting Japan week at Sugar Bay, and having a few specialized Arts & Crafts classes based on origami, we have decided to share a very simple start to the art of paper folding with you. 
 
Try out this quick and easy DIY Origami Heart Bookmark, and find another fun craft to create, as well as a hobby to keep you busy when you're bored. 
 
DIY: Origami Heart Bookmark



You will need:
  • A4 sheet of pattern/coloured paper
Instructions:

 
1. Divide an A4 sheet of paper into 4, by folding it into 2 halves, twice.
2. Cut out one square. Use this square to trace the shape on your printed pattern paper.
3. Now, divide this square into 2 halves, twice.
 
4. Fold a triangle against the middle fold of the paper when placed horizontally.
5. Repeat the above step, only with the opposite side. You now have a mini, almost triangle shape.
 
6. Turn the shape around. Now, fold the 2 flaps down, to meet with the inverted triangle base.
7. Fold it back up again.
 
8. Fold both the outer edges in to meet with the inverted triangle base.
9. Now fold the inner edges in to meet with the first horizontal fold.


Terrific Tip: 

 
Use textured paper in bright colours for a more attractive origami heart bookmark.


And now you have your very own origami heart bookmark! 

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DIY: Scrumptious Sushi Rolls

We are loving Japan week at Sugar Bay. Especially the Japanese culture which comes alive with their unique and creative cuisine. 
 
One of the greatest Japanese delicacies are indeed sushi. And keeping with the theme and taking this delightful dish into thought, we held a Sushi Masterclass at Sugar Bay last night. 
 
Our campers are going sushi crazy after they were given an opportunity to make their own, as well as taste the different flavours and textures that sushi possesses. 
 
So we thought why not share the sushi spirit?

Try out this delectable, DIY Scrumptious Sushi Roll Recipe, and take your tongue on a roller coaster ride of flavour & textures! 
 
DIY: Scrumptious Sushi Rolls

  
Preparation time: 30 minutes  
Cooking time: 1 hour
Makes: 40 Sushi Rolls

Ingredients:

For the Sushi:

  • 255g Sushi Rice (store bought)
  • 55ml Mirin (Rice Wine)
  • 340g Tuna, cut into long thin strips
  • 5 Sushi sheets (store bought)
  • 1 Cucumber, cut into 5 long pieces
  • 5 Spring Onions
  • 3 Teaspoons Wasabi Paste (store bought)
  • Seaweed
  • Bamboo Mat
  • Cling Wrap

To Serve:

  • Light Soy Sauce (store bought)
  • Japanese Pickled Ginger (store bought)

Method:


  1. Rinse the rice very well under cold water. Drain thoroughly and put into a large saucepan that has a lid. Pour over 1 pint of water. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for about 25 minutes or until nearly all the water has been absorbed. Remove from the heat, cover with a lid and allow to stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Then, tip the rice onto a large flat clean tray. A metallic is probably best as it will help the rice cool down quicker. Dress the rice with the Mirin (Rice Wine), turning frequently as this helps the rice to cool. 
     
  3. To make the Sushi, take a Japanese Bamboo Sushi Mat, and place a sheet of seaweed on top. Have a small bowl of water to hand. Dip your fingers in the water before you touch the rice. Spread the rice over three quarters of the seaweed, take a little rice at a time and push it to the edges leaving a layer about ½ cm thick. 
     
  4. Next smear a little Wasabi in a line, a little off centre. Follow with a layer of Tuna, a Spring Onion and a piece of Cucumber. Roll up the Bamboo Mat slowly, tucking in the closer end of the sushi roll. Then roll and press lightly with both hands. Remove the roll from the mat and leave to sit with the joining edges downwards. You can wrap in cling wrap and keep in a cool place until you are ready to serve. 
     
    N.B. Don't place in the fridge as this dries out the rice! 
     
  5. To serve, using a lightly moistened sharp knife to trim the ends, then cut into 6-8 pieces. Serve with the pickled ginger and little bowls of soy sauce.

And there you have it, your very own, Scrumptious Sushi Rolls! 

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10 Fun Facts - Japan


We switched continents for the week and we've brought Japan to Sugar Bay! We got out our funky fans, our daring dragons and our scrumptious sushi, and now all that's left is to enjoy every moment of the Japanese cultural experience.

Inspired by our Japan themed holiday camp, we've decided to help you broaden your knowledge and share 10 fun facts about the fascinating country - Japan.


10 Fun Facts - Japan:


Fact #1:




The Japanese name for Japan is “Nihon” or “Nippon” which means “sun origin”.

Fact #2:



Japan belongs to the continent of Asia. Japan is an island nation surrounded by the Sea of Japan to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.

Fact #3:



Tokyo is the capital city of Japan and also the largest city. Other major cities include Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo.

Fact #4:



Japan sits along the “Pacific Ring of Fire”, so has many volcanoes and experiences many earthquakes.

Fact #5:



Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsmen. Their main weapon was the Katana, a sharp sword with a slight curve to it.

Fact #6:



Due to gases produced by power plants, Japan sometimes suffers from acid rain.


Fact #7:


 


Japan is an industrialized nation, producing some of the most technologically advanced motor vehicles, electronics, and machine tools.

Fact #8:



Japan is a world leader in robotics. Japanese engineers are known for producing a range of human-like robots.

Fact #9:



Some of the most well-known companies in the world are Japanese such as Toyota, Honda, Sony, Nintendo, Canon, Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp.

Fact #10:



Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts. Karate, Judo, Sumo, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Jujutsu, and Aikido to name a few.

We really hope you've learnt a thing, or two about the world leader in robotics. Japan is truly an extraordinary country, with a charismatic culture.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

DIY: Delicious Slime Cupcakes

Ghostbusters week at Sugar Bay is going on spectacularly. 

Our Ghostbusters have been ghost-busting all week long and we must admit, things really have been spooky at the Bay these past few days.

We've had so many fun, slime-making and slime-shaming activities, and we've noticed how many of our campers think that slime is a bad thing.

Who said?

Slime doesn't have to be a bad thing at all!

We've gotten so creative with slime that we've decided to turn it into a delicacy.

Take a look at this Delicious Slime Cupcake Recipe and change the way you think aboutv slime forever!

DIY: Delicious Slime Cupcakes

 



















 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 Packet White Frosting
  • Green Food Colouring
  • Yellow Food Colouring
  • 1 Cup Lime Juice
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Butter (cubed)

Method:

  1. Start by following the instructions on the vanilla cake mix box and mix in a large bowl.
  2. Add in 2-3 drops of green food coloring while still mixing.
  3. Add 2 drops of yellow food coloring until you have the desired color.
  4. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.

     






















  5. Allow to cool while you make the “slime”.
  6. Follow the instructions on your frosting packet to make the frosting.
  7. Dye your frosting with the green and yellow food colouring (as desired).
  8. Fill your icing gun with the frosting.
  9. Place the icing in the refrigerator so it is firm when it's time to decorate the cupcakes.
  10. When your cupcakes and your slime-like filling are cool, you can start by cutting out a hole in the cupcake by tilting your knife inward. This will be the perfect place to fill your cupcake. 

     





















     
  11. Fill your cupcakes to the top and cover with the lid you cut off.
  12. Decorate the top of your cupcakes as desired with your frosting gun.

There you have it! Your own Del-icious-DIY-Slime-Cupcakes that are anything but slimy! 

 
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DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

Slimer is back and slimier than ever in the new Ghostbusters movie. 

Although a villain, slimer is actually quite a popular and much loved spooky character in both the Ghostbusters installments. 
 
Inspired by our Ghostbuster themed holiday camp, and by slimer of course, we have decided to share this super slimy glow-in-the-dark slime recipe.

Hopefully many of you will be creating your own Slimers at home. 
 
DIY: Glow-in-the-Dark Slime

You will need (for 2 small jars of slime):

  • 1 Bottle of Clear or Blue Gel Glue
  • 1 Cup of Warm water
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Glow-in-the-dark Paint
  • Neon Green Food Coloring
  • 2 Teaspoons of Detergent Booster or Liquid Starch
  • 1/3 Cup of Warm water
Step 1:

Mix together the glue and the 1 cup of warm water. 
 
Step 2:

Stir in the paint and food coloring. 
 
Step 3:

In a separate small bowl mix together the 1/3 cup warm water and 2 teaspoons of detergent booster or liquid starch. Stir until the detergent booster or liquid starch is dissolved. 
 
Step 4:

Now add about 2 tablespoons of the detergent booster or liquid starch solution to the glue solution. Stir continuously while adding the solution. 
 
N.B. The more detergent booster or liquid starch solution you add, the stiffer the slime will be. So if you want the slim to be more runny, then don't add too much. 
 
Step 5:

You can add more green food coloring while stirring these solutions together to get your desired color of slime. 
 
By now, your slime should start sticking together, and that's when you know…
You have created your own Glow-in-the-dark slime and can go ahead and create Slimer! 
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5 Fun Facts - Ghostbusters

It's Ghosbusters week at Sugar Bay, and things have gotten Spooky on our Sugar Bay shores.

Our camp was transformed into the Ghostbusters Headquarters and our campers all geared up and ready to go ghost-busting.

Now, we are all aware that the new Ghostbusters motion picture has arrived and ushered in a new era of paranormal pest control!

In celebration of the paranormal comedy that inspired this themed holiday camp, we've decided to share a few facts about the all new Ghostbusters movie.

Here are 5 Fun Facts about the all new Ghostbusters: 

 
Fact #1: It's NOT Ghostbusters 3 


A third Ghostbusters film was long in development until script issues came about and the death of a significant character in 2014. This led the project to being stuck in development. This new Ghostbusters movie isn't Ghostbusters 3.

Fact #2: It's a Reboot 


Although the new Ghostbusters follows a lot of the same beats of the original film, it is indeed a reboot. This is so as the roles are gender-swapped, although many of the same personality types for the team of the main characters remain.

Fact #3: The Original Ghostbusters Cast make Special Appearances


Many familiar faces from the original Ghostbusters movie make their appearance, several in fact, including Murray, Hudson and Akyroyd. However, they won't be appearing as their original characters.

Fact #4: Slimer & the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man are Back! 


The first ghost who the original team caught in the 1984 film is back. Yes, Slimer is back and is disgusting as ever in the Ghostbusters reboot. And… so is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man! Trailers have revealed Stay Puft will cause havoc once again in a scene during which New York City is being flooded with ghosts.

Fact #5: A Main Character Will Get Possessed 


 
It happened in the original film, and it looks like it will happen again. Yes, one of the main characters will be possessed by the ghosts and turn evil. Only, this time with the very handsome Chris Hemsworth's character.

Now that you know all there is to know about the new installment of Ghostbusters… Let's get ghost-busting! 


Check out some of the  pictures from our Ghostbusters themed holiday camp.  
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