Wednesday, 13 December 2017

How to make loom band bracelets in 5 simple steps

These beautiful elastic bracelets are always catching our eyes, however, on close inspection, may seem rather difficult to make. 
 
Surprisingly, they are really simple to create and a pretty cool version of the usual string friendship bracelets we make at camp.

Create a loom band bracelet in 5 simple steps:
 
You will need:

  • C-Clip (Which usually comes with a loom band kit)
  • 20 – 30 bands in your choice of colour(s)
Step 1:

Pick your colour sequence. We noted that most of our campers love creating rainbow-themed loom bands. 
 
Step 2:

Twist one band into a figure "8" and fold it over so it forms a circle. Slide this circle inside the C-clip. This is the beginning of your bracelet. We'll call this band #1. 
 
Step 3: 
 
Pinch one band between your fingers. Slide this band (#2) halfway through the circle you made in Step 2. Pull the ends up and hold them together. 
 
Step 4: 
 
Pinch another band and slide it through the loops formed by band #2. Make sure you keep holding the ends of band #2 together while you do this or the chain will undo itself and all your effort will be gone to waste. Now band #2 is securely part of the chain, and band #3 looks just like band #2 in the previous step. Repeat the pinch and slide until bracelet is long enough. 
 
Step 5:

Slip one loop of the final band through the other loop and pull tightly. Slide the last band's remaining loop into the C-clip from Step 2.

Important Tip:
 
Make sure your loom band bracelet is not tight and fits you loose. Wearing a bracelet that's too tight might disturb blood circulation and cause swelling.

And that’s how you create beautiful loom band bracelets quickly and conveniently! 

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Friday, 8 December 2017

How to play the Sugar Bay Shoe Game

Ever experienced those moments when you had to patiently wait for something without being bored? We all have those moments, especially at camp. Some things can go a little off-schedule like the time lunch is served or how long we may have to wait before the excursion bus arrives. This is why, the Sugar Bay Shoe Game is the perfect game to get campers energized and pass time with lots of fun.

You can play this game by following these 5 simple steps:


Step 1:

Line up 4 chairs to form a plus sign with a two meter space between each pair.

Step 2:


Place a water bottle in the middle of the plus sign.

Step 3:

Place a shoe on each of the chairs.

Step 4:

Divide the campers into 4 equal groups. Each group would have to represent 1 chair. Give each camper a number according to the number of participants in each group.

Step 5:

Call up each number individually. These participants representing the numbers would have to hop onto their chair and use the shoe to try and knock over the bottle in the centre. Whichever team member knocks over the bottle first will gain a point for their team. The team with the most points will win.

Playing the shoe game will have you all entertained and in stitches!


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Thursday, 7 December 2017

How to create Sugar Bay Sherbet Straws


 
Life at Sugar Bay is just as the name describes it, sweet and sunshine filled all by the sea. We love creating camp crafts and tasty treats as part of our Arts & Crafts program run almost daily at camp. 
 
One of our favourite DIY camp tasty treats has to be Sherbet Straws. They’re so simple to create and will give you a quick pop of sweetness whenever you’re feeling a little down. 
 
Here’s how to create:


Sugar Bay Sherbet Straws


You will need:

Ingredients:

Candle, Matches or Lighter
Plastic straws
Sheet of paper
Tablespoon
Small round empty jar
Citric acid (for sour sherbet)
Icing sugar (for sweet sherbet)
Super C candy

Method:

Step 1: Seal one end of your straw
 
Light up your candle using matches under adult supervision. Place a sheet of paper on a hard surface to avoid making a mess and make cleaning up easy. Heat up the tablespoon by placing it over the candle. Use the heated spoon to seal one end of the straw so that no sherbet may fall out.

Step 2: Create your Sherbet
 
Take 2 Super C candies and crush them by using the sides of your round-shaped, empty jar. You will need to roll the jar back and forth over the Super C candies until they are finely crushed. Decide whether you would prefer a sweet or sour sherbet flavour. Add half a tablespoon of either citric acid, for a sour flavour, or icing sugar, for a sweet flavour to your crushed Super C candies. Mix them all together well. 
 
Step 3: Fill up your straw with sherbet
 
Start filling up your straw with the sherbet using the tablespoon until there is a 5mm space at the end of the straw. 
 
Step 4: Seal the end of your sherbet straw
 
Now that your sherbet straw is full, you need to seal it up again. Heat up the tablespoon once again by placing it over the candle and use it to melt the straw and seal it. 
 
Special Tip: Tie a bow on it with a ribbon for a special finishing touch. 
 
And there you have it, sweet and sour sherbet straws in 4 simple steps!
These camp crafts would be the perfect gift to give any of your fellow campers who love sweet treats. 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Upcoming December 2017/January 2018 Holiday Camps

We know our campers have been working hard all year round to achieve great results in their academics and be rewarded with a holiday at Sugar Bay. This is why we’re giving you even greater discounts and have chosen the very best themes for these upcoming summer holidays. We have scheduled a total of five holiday camps for the upcoming December/January vacation and can’t wait to spend it with you! 
 
The Justice League week – 9-16 December 2017
 
The DC Superheroes; Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg are coming to Sugar Bay this week. Help them save the world from the villains and become a Sugar Bay hero too. 
 
Highlights:

  • Each group of the Justice League has a special privilege for the week
  • We will be learning how to do more "at home/DIY" Science experiments in honor of all the nerdy super heroes
  • A Super Hero Story/Show night
  • All camp game - Super Hero Battle
  • Special VIP Party night for the seniors
  • Excursion to the Gaming Arcade & Bowling
How much would it cost to join the Justice League?
Book now & become a superhero! 
 
Squishy week – 16-23 December 2017
 

This week’s theme is about all things squishy. We will be experimenting with different kinds of squishy substances and just having fun with things that will get you down and dirty. 
 
Highlights:

  • Marshmallow Squishy Fight
  • Full moon Beach Bonfire
  • The sweetest Party Night in the history of camp
  • Squishy Water Balloon Wars
  • Bouncy ball prizes for kids who challenge themselves/conquer their fears
  • Excursion to Ushaka Marine World Aquarium & Themed Water Park
What would the Squishy experience cost?
Book now & get ready to get down, dirty & squishy! 
 
Brave week – 27 December 20172 January 2018
 
Scotland comes to life in this theme, just as it does in the Brave Disney movie. We will be encouraging campers to be courageous and conquer their fears this week at camp just as the Brave Princess Merida did. 
 
Highlights:

  • All camp Clash of the Clans - Winners get a VIP Party
  • New Year's Eve Ball
  • Highland Games (Scottish Traditional Games)
  • Themed Evening Programs like "Stalk the Bear"
  • Surprise on New Year's Eve
  • Excursion to the Durban Harbour & Boat Cruise
How much for the Scottish experience?
Book now & be Brave! 
 
Jumanji week – 2-8 January 2018
 
If you want an adventure in the jungle, then this board game is the perfect one for you to participate in. Join us in the quest to escape the jungle and get back to reality during Jumanji week. 

Highlights:

  • The week is structured like a Board Game
  • Real-life Treasure boxes
  • One winner of the whole game
  • All camp Board Game  
  • Jungle-themed meal times
  • Excursion to Hluhluwe Game Reserve
What would this jungle adventure cost?
Book now and become a contestant in this board game!

Once Upon a Time week – 8-14 January 2018

Based on the popular television series where fairytale characters are brought into the real world… Once upon a time week at Sugar Bay promises to be magical. Join us to see your favourite fairytale characters come to life. 

Highlights:
  • We are turning camp into a Fairy Tale
  • Enchanted Ball for Party Night
  • Night under the Stars - Themed Dinner
  • Prince & Princess Themed Dinner
  • Themed Art Classes
  • Camp Out 
How much would it cost to experience this fairytale fantasy?
Book now & create your own fairytale! 
 
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Sports at Summer Camp

Summer camp isn’t just a holiday destination for kids where they sit around campfires and make s’mores. Sugar Bay Resort, a holiday camp specifically designed for kids and teens believes that sport is a vital part of camp and should be implemented in every camping program. 
 
Their interest in sport is evident as they recently renovated a storage area into a beautiful indoor sports hall. The sports hall at the camp is twenty-five by fifteen meters in length and can accommodate two-hundred campers. It was also fitted with marked, sprung flooring which plays an essential role in protecting the growing bodies of young children from lifelong injuries caused by the energy generated over time by participation in sports. These injuries include shin splints, fractures, an array of knee problems, tendonitis, and ankle sprains. 
 
It is estimated that there are more than thirty million obese children in developing countries, and, since Sugar Bay is located in South Africa, which is a developing country, they are doing all they can to promote sports at camp. With the sports hall built and in use, they are promoting more sports tours for school camps. Some of the sports offered in the sports hall at Sugar Bay include; indoor soccer, indoor basketball, indoor volleyball and indoor climbing wall. 
 
One of the most costly sports venues created at camp, according to the Camp Director, Zoe Ellender, is the sports field. “Costly earth-moving equipment was hired to ensure perfection in this area during the construction stage of camp,” she shared. The sports field has become an integral part of every camp with a variety of sports being played there, such as; cricket, golf, hockey, rugby, and soccer.

On land at camp there are a variety of hiking trails, biking trails, skating ramps and designated areas for certain sports which include; BMX biking, basketball, netball, skateboarding and table tennis. 
 
Sugar Bay Resort has private access to the beach and lagoon in the area of its location, Zinkwazi beach. At this location, they offer a variety of water sports such as; kayaking, stand-up-paddle-boarding, surfing and water polo. There is also a variety of field sports which they host at the beach, such as beach football, beach volleyball and much more. 
 
There is no better exercise that works all your muscles better than swimming. This is a sport the camp is best known for. Sugar Bay has one of the largest pools in the village, boasting a twenty-five by twenty-five-meter length. Upon campers’ arrival, they are taken for a swim test which is compulsory in order to determine their swimming strengths and hence, the bodies of water they are capable of swimming in. 
 
With all these sporting options and facilities, fitness at Sugar Bay is definitely given top priority. Send your kids to Sugar Bay and watch them staying fit whilst still having the time of their lives. 

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Monday, 30 October 2017

How camp helps children let go of their problems



The summer camp environment is very different from a schooling environment. Children usually attend summer camp during their school breaks, as a relaxing and fun retreat. 

Here are 3 elements that play a major role in how children let go of their problems at summer camp:
 
1. Atmosphere
 
At summer camp, the environment is very casual; there is no pressure to wear uniforms or to be strictly guided by a set of rules, as it is in the schooling environment. This allows children to be themselves without any restrictions, hence, they do not feel pressurized to live up to any standards. This atmosphere allows them to let go of their usual tension and enjoy the liberty which they do not have at school. Most summer camps are located in natural serene settings, near lakes and lagoons which are very relaxing and calming to the body, mind, and soul. This atmosphere is certainly a break away from the hustle and bustle of the polluted urban jungles and is great to set anyone free of their problems.

2. Communication
 
As much as the setting is casual at summer camps, the staff are professionally trained. Camp counselors, who are responsible for caring and the supervision of children, are trained in child psychology, which is a vital part of their training. Their passion for kids, patience, free spirits and incredible understanding, makes it easier for children to reach out to them. Children find it easier to approach camp counselors rather than their parents concerning distressing issues, because they feel that young adults, which are usually the age group that counselors fall under, can easily relate to their problems. Camp counselors are also experts at creating individual bonds with children, which allows them to trust them with even the most intimate issues. Being able to communicate with someone who cares about you and whom you can trust makes letting go of your problems much easier.

3. Participation
 
The best way to forget about what’s worrying you, is by engaging in an interesting and fun activity. Summer camps have plenty of these integrated in their daily program in the form of games and challenges which demand children’s undivided attention and complete participation. Most of these games require children to team up, which allows them to mingle with one another and make new friends. This form of participation, be it in games, sport or general activities and challenges, is a great psychological strategy to take the mind off issues that bother you and help you focus on something else. This helps to de-stress troubled minds and help them focus on the positives. 
 
The atmosphere, communication, and participation play a crucial role in assisting children to let go of their problems. The best retreat for a child with a troubled mind is definitely a summer camp.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

DIY Sun Catchers Camp Style

 
Here at Sugar Bay, we love soaking up the sun and live for sunshine-filled days when we can head down to the beach and catch some waves or cool down by splashing through our waterslides. 
 
Most of all, we love the sunshine because they light up our beautiful sun catchers! 
 
One of our favourite crafts to make during Arts & Crafts classes are sun catchers, which is why we decided to show you how we do it, camp style. 

DIY Sun Catchers
 
You will need:
  • Transparent plastic sheet
  • Black Liquid Lead
  • Paint (All colours)
  • Paint Brushes
Method:

1. Pick an image you want to duplicate 
 
Depending on the theme at camp, we have a variety of simple pictures printed out which campers get to choose from and decide which one they would like to turn into a sun catcher. You can search the internet for pictures or make copies from colouring books. These images need to be easy to trace. 
 
2. Trace the image 
 
Carefully place the transparent plastic sheet on top of the picture you want to duplicate. Use your black liquid lead to trace the image onto the transparent plastic sheet. Make sure that you do a thin outline of the image to avoid smudging and for it to dry quickly. Leave the sheet to dry for 15 minutes. 
 
3. Add colour to your sun catcher 
 
Get your paint brushes and paint out and add colour to your sun catcher. Always paint a thin layer of less concentrated paint so that the sun can actually pass through the sun catcher.
And there you have it, beautiful sun catchers in three, simple steps. 
 
Have you tried it yet? Tell us more about the sun catchers you made at camp? 
 
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Monday, 23 October 2017

Review: October Holiday Camps 2017

 
We kicked off the spring break in the first week of October by hosting one holiday camp with a fresh and exciting theme. 
 
Upside Down week: 1-8 October
 
This week, our theme was “Upside Down” and the main focus of the theme was getting campers to see the world from another perspective, which was highlighted by an activity, implemented daily called “Thunk of the day”. We hosted a total of 57 campers this week and had the most fun turning everything upside down. The campers participated in and enjoyed many activities integrated around the theme, such as; Upside Down activities, Upside Down meals, Upside Down programs and Upside Down set-up. They were also taken on a themed excursion to 22 Jump Street, indoor trampoline arena in Ballito, where they had fun flipping upside down and bouncing around on the trampolines. The highlight of this week was certainly having lunch for breakfast and breakfast for lunch towards the middle of camp. Turning the menu upside down really brought the theme alive and created a trend that our campers found very thrilling and were very fond of.  
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

5 Reasons to send kids to summer camp solo

Children are always stressing their parents about whether or not their friends will be attending summer camp with them. Most kids actually miss out on this incredible experience if they cannot be in the company of their buddies. This is unfortunate since there are so many benefits and opportunities that come with attending summer camp solo. 
 
Here are 5 reasons why you should send your kids to summer camp solo:

1. Learn new skills solo

The opportunity to learn new skills is always gaping at summer camp. However, it’s greater when you send your child to camp by himself/herself. When you send your children to camp solo, they are forced to try out multiple new things by themselves, without the influence of a friend. This opens a new door, allowing them to try things they never had before and possibly discover new skills and talents. 
 
2. Shatter limitations

When your child goes camping with a friend, they know that they always have someone to depend on. This sometimes sets limitations for them. For example; knowing that you’ve got a partner to help you during a task would mean you share the duties, therefore, setting a limitation. However, participating in this task by yourself and realizing that you can do so much on your own, instantly shatters that limitation and will most certainly build up self-confidence and independence in your child. 
 
3. Leave worries behind

Coming to camp solo gives your child the opportunity to leave their worries behind. Often our friends know too much about us and we are always sharing our troubles with them. Having to meet someone for the very first time creates the curiosity to focus on getting to know them better, rather than focusing on their problems or your own. If your child is going through a difficult stage, it would be better to help them focus on getting to know a new face better, instead of rekindling their problems with someone they’re familiar with. 
 
4. Discover the kindness of strangers

With the media thriving on bad news and focusing solely on how people hurt one another, trust has become a significant issue amongst young adults and children, hindering the opportunity to create new friendships and pursue relationships. Sending your child to camp solo will allow them to be exposed to a bunch of strangers and realize that not everyone out there has bad intentions. They will discover that strangers can actually be very kind and are worth giving a chance to. 
 
5. Making new friends 
 
After realizing that strangers are kind, your children will open up their hearts to making new friends at camp. This will be great, rather than them having a small circle of friends which can limit the opportunity of being socially involved. There is nothing better than making a summer camp friendship in an environment where the worries of the world are left behind and happiness and fun are the rule of the day, every day. 
 
The next time you decide to send your kids to summer camp, your decision shouldn’t be based on their friend’s attendance, but, the benefits and opportunities that going to camp solo have to offer them. 

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What are your children eating at sleepover camp?

One of the greatest concerns parents have, is based on what their kids are being fed at sleepover camp. Summer camp requires kids to be energetic and on-the-go all day long, therefore, kids need to be well-fed and eating fresh, healthy and balanced meals every day.
Having been running successfully as a holiday camp for kids and teens for the past sixteen years, Sugar Bay Resort has specially designed their camp menu to serve fresh, healthy, balanced and hearty meals on a daily basis. 
 
After some research, we have compared Sugar Bay Resort’s menu with other summer camps in the area and here are some interesting things that were noted; 
 
Breakfast Menus:

Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day, and, at Sugar Bay Resort, campers are spoiled for choice. The camp works on a three-course system for breakfast and dinner. For example, there would be a starter option of cereal/yogurt/porridge/oats, the main course would be a warm meal such as bacon and whole eggs, and the sweet snack option would be light and on-the-go, such as a fruit. The menu breakfast menu at Sugar Bay boasts a variety. Some of the meals prepared as a main for breakfast include; French toast, breakfast pie, pork sausages and whole eggs, croissants with bacon and cheese, pancakes and boiled eggs and poached eggs with hash browns. 
 
Other camps offered a very limited breakfast option of just cereals, toast, eggs and porridge as a warm meal every morning. Their breakfast menu did not include any meat. Their menus were not divided into three courses, nor were they balanced or offered any variety. The only varieties offered were amongst the choice of only three cereals.

Lunch Menus: 
 
A midday break and a wholesome lunch is what boosts camper’s energy levels and prepares them for another afternoon session full of activities. Most camps offer a very simple lunch based on the usual hot dog and chips meal, however, with a small twist, for example; chicken strips on a roll or beef strips on a roll with chips and salad. Having a bread roll for lunch everyday isn’t very healthy, nor is it filling. Once again, these lunch menus offered at other camps are rather limited. 
 
At Sugar Bay Resort, every meal prepared for lunch is served with a variety of salads, healthy vegetables and fruit. Salads include beetroot salad, coleslaw, salsa salad and lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers served separately. Some of the meals prepared for lunch at the camp include; chicken strips with mash, hot dogs with chips, cottage pie, macaroni and cheese, beef stir-fry with rice and fish and chips. All these lunch-time meals are served with a sweet snack at least two hours after lunch in order to keep campers going until dinner time. Some of the snacks prepared are; rice crispy treats, oat crunchies, brownies, cupcakes, ice-lollies, chips and fresh, cut up fruit. 
 
Dinner Menus: 
 
After a day full of action, campers deserve a wholesome meal for dinner that would keep their tummies satisfied all night until breakfast the next morning. Sugar Bay Resort’s three-course menu for dinner is again, quite delightful. There is a range of salads and roasted vegetables served as a starter, a hearty warm meal for the main and, a sweet treat for dessert to give the campers some hype before the evening programs commence. Some of the main meals include; spaghetti bolognese, beef lasagna, chicken curry with rice, beef stew with rice, chicken a-la-king, sweet and sour chicken with noodles and hamburgers and chips. The desserts served include; ice-cream with chocolate sauce, chocolate mousse, brownies with whipped cream, cheesecake, malva pudding, and traditional South African peppermint tart. 
 
Other camps in the area only offered dinner served with rice or pasta. There were no variations. Some options included; spaghetti bolognese, chicken a-la-king with rice and pasta. The dessert options were either ice-cream with peaches or chocolate sauce. It’s very unlikely that campers would be satisfied until the next morning with such a limited menu for dinner. Also, having processed carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, and bread on a daily basis is considered unhealthy, since they strip away beneficial fiber. 
 
The next time you consider sending your child to sleepover camp, you should most certainly put Sugar Bay Resort at the top of your list. Besides knowing that your kids are being given exceptional care, you can rest assured that the quality of food being served is just as good. It’s been proven that kids are more focused and happier once they’ve eaten healthy, balanced meals, and Sugar Bay Resort strives to maintain this. 

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