Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sugar Bay Campfire S'mores Recipe

 

At Sugar Bay we don't put out any of our campfires without making s'mores first. S'mores are a tradition and an absolute necessity at our camp during final campfire; not only because they are so delicious, but also because they are so easy and fun to make.
We use specific ingredients to create our Sugar Bay Campfire and we're about to share the secret to our delicious s'mores with you. 
 
How to make: Sugar Bay Camp S'mores

 

You will need:

 
  • 1 Packet of Baker's Tennis Biscuits
  • 1 Packet of Manhattan Pink & White Marshmallows
  • 1 Bar of Cadbury Flake Milk Chocolate
  • A pack of Sosati Sticks
  • A Warm Campfire Supervised by Adults and surrounded by people you love
Method: 

 
  1. Place two individual Baker's Tennis Biscuits next to one another. One will be your base, and the other will be your cover.
  2. On one Baker's Tennis Biscuit (the base), sprinkle, by crumpling with your fingers, thick chunks of Cadbury Flake Milk Chocolate.
  3. Grab a Sosati Stick and attach one Manhattan Marshmallow (colour of you choice) to the tip of the stick.
  4. Hold the stick with the Marshmallow over the campfire until the marshmallow begins to roast and turn slightly brown in colour. Be careful not to burn the marshmallows.
  5. Now, using your other individual Baker's Tennis Biscuit (the top), push the hot marshmallow onto the base biscuit which is covered in chocolate.
  6. Add more crumpled chunks of chocolate to the top of your roasted marshmallow which is now gooey and stuck to your base biscuit.
  7. Seal your s'more with your top biscuit until both biscuits (top and base) stick together, to almost form a sandwich.

    Tasty Tip: 

     
      
    Top your s'more with more chocolate flakes and decorate the top with mini marshmallows for an even chocolaty taste and gourmet presentation!
And there you have it! You've made your very own delicious Sugar Bay Camp Fire S'mores!

We cannot wait for you to come back to camp and make some more spectacular s'mores with us during final campfire!

Camp space is running out fast for our December holiday camps. Book now to avoid disappointment and so that we can share “S'more" summer campfire moments with you these upcoming holidays.

Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another fun holiday camp during the December 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
 
Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, be inspired by our Pinterest picture collections, Review us on our GooglePlus page, be apart of our experiences by becoming a subscriber to our YouTube Channel and keep commenting on all our blogs!
 

3 Reasons why you shouldn't fear Sharks

Since the movie Jaws and its sequels were released, sharks have acquired the reputation as “Monsters” to mankind. Sharks are magnificent creatures and certainly not blood-thirsty man-eaters. Take a look at some of these facts below that will change your opinion towards sharks and realize that there is so much more to these species than their bite.

Here are 3 Reasons why you shouldn't fear those big fish with sharp teeth:
 
1. Humans are not part of a shark's preferred diet


Sharks have six highly refined senses, namely; smell, hearing, touch, taste, sight, and electromagnetism. These finely honed senses, along with a sleek, torpedo-shaped body, make most sharks highly skilled hunters. They often serve as top predators—keeping populations of prey species in check. However, sharks do not like how human beings taste. Instead, they prefer fish. sharks don't like the boniness of humans. So, given a choice, they'd rather eat a fat, plump seal than a scrawny, bony human — even if the taste of our flesh is palatable to them. Sharks tend to bite humans once and then swim away because their intention is not to eat us, but rather to investigate what we are. 
 
2. Only a few sharks have the potential to be dangerous

 
Sharks are wild animals that must be respected when encountered. While shark encounters do occur, they are actually extremely rare. When they do occur, they receive an exorbitant amount of media coverage which gets people paranoid. There are around 440 known species of sharks. Out of these 440 species, only 5 species of sharks actually have the potential to be dangerous. 
 
Here are  5/440 species of sharks that have actually been proven to have attacked humans: 


  • The White Shark, more commonly referred to as the "Great White," has been reported to be involved in more attacks on humans than any other shark. 
  • The Tiger Shark, which has a large size and voraciousness qualify is a formidable ocean predator. Surfers and swimmers need to know that Tiger sharks tend to be both curious and aggressive when they spot humans in the water. 

  • The Shortfin Mako Shark is powerful, fast and aggressive, the Shortfin Mako has been blamed for many reported shark attacks on humans.

  • The Oceanic Whitetip Shark is described as opportunistic, bold and unpredictable around divers, and thus should be treated with extreme caution. 

  • Bull Sharks may be the most dangerous shark of them all. It has been recorded in 69 unprovoked attacks on humans but researchers believe the numbers may be higher because of the lack of easily identifiable markings. And unlike most other sharks, it is also known to swim in freshwater. 
3. The odds of being attacked by a shark are very, very low 

 
Things we encounter everyday, through common tasks often pose much greater danger than sharks. For example, you are much more likely to be killed by a car accident, a fall, or even a bad case of the flu than by a shark attack. In actual fact, your chances of being the victim of an unprovoked shark encounter are lower than your chances of being struck by lightning, attacked by a domestic dog or involved in a car accident. Sharks aren't trying to hurt people, they are just curious. 
 
Every year, the finds of between 26 and 73 million sharks are traded in markets worldwide. Far more are likely killed at sea, though we will never know just how many.

Sharks are killed at sea in the following ways by human beings:
  • By-Catch: The accidental killing of sharks in fishing gear intended for other species.
  • Illegal Poaching and Hunting: Selling shark fins for soup and sport-fishing for shark-jaw trophies.
  • Nets: That are placed along coastlines to keep sharks away from beaches.
It turns out that sharks have more reason to fear humans than the other way around. Recently, even shark encounter survivors have started speaking up in defense of sharks in order to preserve the lives of these fascinating species. 

Now that you know a little more about sharks, will you think about learning to love and appreciate them before referring to them as the "Monster" as depicted by many movies and advertsing campaigns? Let's appreciate and preserve nature and marine life together! 

Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another fun holiday camp during the December 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
 
Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, be inspired by our Pinterest picture collections, Review us on our GooglePlus page, be apart of our experiences by becoming a subscriber to our YouTube Channel and keep commenting on all our blogs!
 
 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Experiential Education – Education via Experience

 

Simple, yet essential life skills like appreciation, courage, trust, etcetera, cannot be studied out the pages of a book. These lessons require direct participation and are best learned from purposeful reflection. 
 
A holiday camp which encourages spontaneous opportunities for learning seemed to be a great start for laying the foundation for experiential education.

Experiential Education is a process through which a learner constructs knowledge, skill, and value from direct experience. 

 

At Sugar Bay holiday camp, four metres elevated from the ground, was not only where a new crate building record was achieved, but also courage. Motivated by a bunch of campers, a little boy conquered his fear of heights. This was where he discovered that he was indeed a courageous young man.

 

A few metres away, a group of girls were sitting under a tree, braiding friendship bracelets. After the class, they exchanged bracelets with a stranger, who had now become a friend. Friendships were built. 

 
 
At the theatre, youngsters who were inspired by screenplay gained the self-confidence to produce an extraordinary stage production to an audience of two hundred campers. Campers were engaged intellectually, emotionally, socially and soulfully.

 

During a beach treasure hunt, the grainy texture of the sand was felt, the crashing of the waves was heard and the salty sea breeze was relished, acquiring a great appreciation for nature. 

 
 
At the lagoon, camp counselors were teaching the kids level one surfing with the aim of getting campers standing on their surfboards by the end of the lesson. Trust needed to be developed to achieve this. The trust eliminated fear and created many brave surfers by the end of the week.


At the final campfire, sincerity fuelled the flames as kids began reflecting on their experiences to discover how much they have learned and how much they have developed. 
 
Not everything we do needs a textbook and a certificate to prove that we’ve been properly schooled. Ever heard of the popular aphorism, ‘experience is the best teacher’?

This is proof that anyone can learn through experience, it challenges us and forces us to reflect on our achievements and failures, which in turn helps us to learn and grow. And what better way is there to experientially educate oneself rather than at camp?

Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another fun holiday camp during the December 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
 
Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, be inspired by our Pinterest picture collections, Review us on our GooglePlus page, be apart of our experiences by becoming a subscriber to our YouTube Channel and keep commenting on all our blogs!
 

What inspires youngsters to work as camp counselors?

 

At Sugar Bay Resort, we're lucky enough to have an abundance of simply amazing camp counselors. A camp counselor is an assistant at a children's camp, and often a high-school or college student, who supervises a group of children. A camp counselor directs a particular activity, for example: arts & crafts, kayaking, etc. Our Sugar Bay counselors are given special “camp names” which becomes their new identity. 
 
Chaplin, Aurora, Veggie, Paris, Tape, Nikon, Bounce, Fives...

If you've been to camp before, then surely you're familiar with these counselors and their crazy camp names. 
 
The idea behind these camp names are for our staff to become the best versions of themselves while at camp. 

 
 
Here's an example:
There's a girl named Jane Doe. 
 
Jane Doe's Background:
Jane Doe grew up in an abusive neighborhood where drugs and alcohol were easily available. The only thing Jane Doe loved about home is her pet dog Max, who is now unfortunately late. Jane misses Max and is still sad about her loss. 
 
Jane Doe at Camp:
Jane Doe comes to camp during our Finding Dory week themed holiday camp. She participates in our staff training program for a week and passes her first aid and other practical and theory tests. Jane is now given a camp name and can work as a Sugar Bay counselor. Jane Doe is no longer Jane Doe, she is Swordfish. 
 
Swordfish's Background:
Swordfish is a happy, caring and friendly young girl who works at Sugar Bay as a counselor to pursue her love for children. Swordfish never lived in an abusive neighborhood. Swordfish doesn't have any reason to be sad. Swordfish isn't Jane Doe. Swordfish is a brand new person who was given the opportunity to become the best version of herself in an environment where everyone thrives to be the best version of themselves. 

 
 
Below are some reasons many youngsters gave us regarding what inspired them to become Sugar Bay counselors: 
 
I found myself in a constant battle with my mind, trying to achieve a certain happiness. A happiness that I found at Sugar Bay. It was at Sugar Bay where I met the friendly campers, life-changing counselors, the never-ending activities, the glorious sun and not forgetting all the wonderful friends I made. I won’t forget the tears of joy I shed at Sugar Bay and the sadness I felt when I left. I reached a point where every tune or song I heard that was from Sugar Bay made me smile and feel a relief. Sugar Bay is home.”

-Nuru Scholastica Kimaryo (Tikka)

Growing up, I had to face a multitude of trials, which caused me to grow inside a shell. I firmly believe that Sugar Bay is a place that would have been a safe haven for me. I began to stay away from social interactions with other children. At a later stage in my life, I was blessed with amazing friends who introduced me to fun, which ended up transforming me. Thinking back, now I realize that Sugar Bay is extremely similar to that environment, with all the loving counsellors who go out of their way to let you have the most fun possible.

-Jed Oosthuis (Hurley)

I did not have the best childhood. I was bullied and never had the best friendships. I was almost against coming to Sugar Bay camp 5 years ago as I didn’t know what to expect and if the people were going to be the same as they are back home. Little did I realize it would turn out to be the best week of my life. I have never felt so much love and belonging from so many people; both campers and counselors. I did not want to go home. Two years later, I returned to camp and had an even better experience. I made so many friends and memories that will remain with me for a lifetime. The counselors made the greatest impact on my life. They taught me so many things and were amazing role models in general. I wanted to be just like them. When I turned 17, being a CIT was the first thing I wanted to do. I wanted to be the one a camper looks up to. I love kids and making them smile, laugh and have a great time. My ultimate goal is to make children happy.”

-Kirsten Drake (Iris)

“I am certain that if I had been to a camp, such as Sugar Bay, it would have helped me so much. It would have helped me to grow, feel safe and just be myself without having to pretend I am someone I’m not. I want to help children find a place where they can feel safe, a sanctuary from any troubles they may have. And, if I could, I would help them get through it. I’d hate for children to think that they are all alone in this world. I would always help a child who is feeling lonely. It’s always good to have a place where you can feel safe, a place that can help you come out of your shell.”

-Kyle Gordon Davis (Atom)

This is just one of the many inspirational stories that some of our counselors shared with us. 
 
Being a camp counselor certainly has great benefits, the most important, being a chance to start over, and the motivation to become the best possible version of yourself that you can ever be. 
 
For more information about staff training and counselor applications, please contact Tape on (032) 485 3097 or email staff@sugarbay.co.za. Alternatively, you can read the information about these opportunities on our website at www.sugarbay.co.za .
 
 Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, be inspired by our Pinterest picture collections, Review us on our GooglePlus page, be a part of our experiences by becoming a subscriber to our YouTube Channel and keep commenting on all our blogs!
 

Friday, 14 October 2016

5 Easy Ways to Pack for Camp

Packing for camp can really become a strenuous and complicating task for any parent whose child hasn’t had the experience before. Yes, it’s an informal setting, but that doesn’t mean that our kids can survive out there like the layman. And yes, it’s in the outdoors, but that doesn’t mean your child needs to take their entire household with them either. Packing correctly for camp is actually one of the most significant steps that will determine whether the camping experience is either fulfilling or unpleasant. It’s all about getting the essentials right that will ensure comfort and complete gratification. 
 
Here are some packing essentials that you should never exclude from your child’s luggage before they head over to camp:

1. Medication: 

 
 
One of the most important things you need to send with your child to camp is definitely their emergency/chronic medication. This would include Asthma pumps, Cortisone, Epipens, etc. This medication needs to be carefully packed, in an easily accessible, zip lock bag with clear dosage information. 
 
2. Day Bag & Essentials:

 

A backpack with the essentials is compulsory for everyday activities at camp. This backpack needs to have the following absolutely necessary items in it:

• Water bottle
• Sun Stick/Sun block lotion
• Bathing Costume
• Beach Towel
• Peak Cap/Sun Hat
• Flip Flops
• Takkies/Trainers
• Raincoat/Waterproof jacket
• Insect Repellent

3. Clothing:

 

Old, inexpensive, casual clothing is the best type of clothing for camp. Every camper should have the following items packed in their bags, in the quantity relating to the number of days that they will be spending at camp:

• Shorts
• Track pants
• T-shirts
• Long-sleeved shirts
• Underwear and Sleepwear
• Beanie
• Laundry Bag (To separate the clean stuff from the dirty)

Note: Skirts and dresses aren’t recommended for camp. 
 
4. Personal/Toiletry Items:

 

Even at camp, feeling fresh and clean makes you feel good. Personal hygiene is essential to enjoy the outdoors experience and keep all campers feeling confident throughout the day. The following items should be packed in a toiletry bag:

• Toothbrush & Toothpaste
• Hairbrush & Shampoo
• Shower Gel
• Deodorant
• Bath Towel (In addition to a beach towel)
• Shaving Gear/Feminine Products/Hairdryer (If applicable) 
 
5. Other Camping Essentials:

 

The primary purpose of camping is to relish the leisure of the outdoors and get in touch with nature in the company of spontaneous people. Below are a few other camping essentials you are required to take to camp:

• Sleeping Bag
• Torch
• Pen & Paper
• Snacks
• An item of something that you enjoy doing
(Example: Books if you enjoy reading/Skateboard, Helmet & Protective Gear if you enjoy skateboarding).

And that’s how we simplify packing for camp, which is very important since most camps impose restrictions on the sizes of campers’ luggage. Another important task when packing for camp is ensuring that all your child’s clothing/personal items are clearly labeled with your child’s full name. Sugar Bay Resort provides a detailed packing list for campers which make it so much easier for parents and kiddies to be fully prepared for camp well in advance. 

Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another fun holiday camp during the December 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
 
Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, be inspired by our Pinterest picture collections, Review us on our GooglePlus page, be apart of our experiences by becoming a subscriber to our YouTube Channel and keep commenting on all our blogs!
  

 




5 Benefits of Working as a Camp Counselor

Not all people were made to sit behind a desk, in front of a computer screen all day. Some people actually prefer being hands on in a casual and dynamic environment. For these non-corporate souls, one of the most suited job options would be to work as a camp counselor. A camp counselor is usually an adult supervisor assigned to a group of campers at a holiday camp. The roles of a camp counselor include leadership, supervision, and ensuring campers' well-being, as well as making their camp experience as fun and rewarding as possible. 
 
Besides allowing people to earn an income in a casual and fun environment, there are many other long-term benefits that being a camp counselor has to offer. 
 
Here are five benefits of working as a camp counselor: 
 
1. You gain and improve on leadership skills

 

Camp counselors are always leading; physically, in day-to-day activities, and mentally, through strategies implemented to ensure the smooth running of camp. Being a camp counselor provides the opportunity for individuals to gain and improve on their leadership skills as both campers and counselors are constantly looking up to one another for support in this aspect. 
 
2. You get the opportunity to become a role model

 

Being a camp counselor means that you spend twenty-four hours a day surrounded by, interacting with, and in the company of kids. This creates the opportunity to form bonds; impact lives and have a great influence on the kids. Essentially becoming their role model, this is indeed a great pleasure for any individual. 
 
3. A journey to self-discovery 

 
 
Camp is a technology-free zone, which allows campers and counselors to go on a journey of self-discovery without any distractions of the modern-day world. Face-to-face relationships and interactions are practiced which generates a healthy social lifestyle. Therefore assisting greatly in the process of an individual finding out about him or herself, and deciding what they want from their lives. 
 
4. The chance to make a difference

 

Many people often leave their everyday corporate jobs to pursue one simple, yet significant desire; “the chance to make a difference”. Whether it’s in the lives of people or just in the world as a whole, which is why most people who are passionate about children choose to become camp counselors. Walnut, (Creed Fouchee), a counselor from Sugar Bay Resort, which is a holiday camp for kids and teens, describes this notion; 
 
Coming to camp as a kid changed me from being a shy, introverted child to a highly energetic and friendly person. Sugar Bay had turned into my second home and family. I was given the chance to be a role model to many kids who need the motivation to be better and make them happier and more confident. This itself fills me with joy.”

5. Build & boost your resume

 

Through the experiences one gains from working as a camp counselor, you will be able to compose a resume that you will be proud of. Employers often seek employees who are great communicators, life-long learners, leaders, team players, and creative thinkers. Luckily for you, these are indeed the primary roles and qualities of camp counselors. 
 
The above mentioned are merely a few benefits of working as a camp counselor. There are plenty more from where that came from, just you ask a current camp counselor and he or she will tell you blissfully. 
 
If you’re unemployed, passionate about kids or just wondering what to do with your life, give Sugar Bay Resort a call on 032 485 3097 and ask to speak to their Head Counselor Tape, who will tell you more about how you can make a difference and become a camp counselor, earn an income while having fun and thrive in the career opportunity as well.

Head over to our website and book online to secure your place for another fun holiday camp during the December 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
 
Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, be inspired by our Pinterest picture collections, Review us on our GooglePlus page, be apart of our experiences by becoming a subscriber to our YouTube Channel and keep commenting on all our blogs!