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Staff Feature: New Captain Steers our Ship

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After half a decade of steadily steering our Sugar Bay ship, we bid farewell to a darling duo; Sugar Bay's Tape & Paris. Thus, we announce the name of the new Captain who will be steering our ship.

Our affectionate and gentle Aurora was promoted to Camp Programmer & acting Head Counselor. The Camp Programmer is responsible for the planning and organization of daily programs in all areas of camp (activities, meals, décor, etc). The Programmer also works alongside other staff members in the planning and facilitation of general camp functions. She had been under Paris's wing for almost a year and was finally given the opportunity to spread her wings and fly. And flying high is exactly what she's been doing as she carefully plans and programmes the activities scheduled at camp every week so meticulously. With big shoes to fill in her newly appointed positions, we are very confident that “Rory”will do a sterling job.


“Tape” (Kieren Horner), has been a part of the Sugar Ba…

Upcoming April Holiday Camps

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The first school break of 2017 is right around the corner and with 35% off all April camps, we're ready to make them a memorable one here at Sugar Bay. We have planned three magical themes for the upcoming April school holidays. Watch the trailer video above and you'll be as excited for April as we are!
Hipster Week: 9-16 April
Dazzle those nerd glasses and rock that moustache! It's time to be the coolest kid on the block during Hipster week at Sugar Bay. 
Highlights:
Hipster Hunt Games Beach Bonfires “Trashion” Fashion Show Hipster Board-Games Epic Excursion – Durban Beach Front Throwback Thursday Theme Fun Starlight Movie Night on the Field The Trendiest Party in Town Celebration Mainstream Market Activities
How much will it cost to be a trendsetter? Book now and begin trending!

Hogwarts Week: 16-23 April
We're calling all lovers of the Harry Potter series to join us at the school of witchcraft and wizardry for some magic and mysteries during Hogwarts week at Sugar Bay.

Highlights:
C…

Get to Know – Paris

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Named after the city of love and beauty…
is our lover-of-pink and pretty camp Programmer, Paris! 
Paris has been at Sugar Bay for 5 years.  Yes! That's half a decade! 
She started of as a counselor in August 2011, worked her way up to become the first ever Arts & Crafts Instructor and then got promoted to Camp Programmer a year later. 

Paris's favourite Sugar Bay activity is sea swim. She enjoys sea swim because it doesn't require any specialized equipment. “All you need is your costume and to head down to the beach. It's so much fun splashing around in the waves!” she said.  Our “pretty in pink” programmer's favourite camp food is fish and chips.  We asked Paris “What's the one thing people don't know about you?”


She replied:
“I may look like a Princess, but I love getting down and dirty playing soccer and riding quad bikes.”
Paris described herself in three words as “Happy, loving and spontaneous”, and that she is!

Review: December 2016/January 2017 Holiday Camps

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We had four awesome holiday camps these past December/January school holidays at Sugar Bay Resort. From underwater adventures, to a trip back in time, we did it all!
Finding Dory Week: 9 - 16 December 2016
We went on an extraordinary underwater adventure this week with 171 campers, all in pursuit to find Dory. Our camp portrayed the “under the sea” and “California Beach” theme fantastically with floating fish, colourful coral and blue waves decorated all over our main hall. Some of the highlights of this week were the “Beach Party Night” and “A School of Fish Talent Show”. The campers also went on an exciting excursion to Ushaka Marine World, an aquarium and water park where they got to see the special “Finding Nemo/Finding Dory” tank.  Have a look at our album on Facebook featuring more pictures from Finding Dory week.  Candy Land Week: 16 – 23 December 2016
Sugar Bay got super sweet during Candy Land week and the camp was turned into the Candy Kingdom. We had 140 sweet-toothed campers w…

8 Great tips for responding to camper mail

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These days, putting pen to paper and writing a letter has become a rare and daunting task.

People have become so conformed to sending emails and texting from their mobile devices, that writing a letter the good old-fashioned way seems to have become too time-consuming and complicated. 

At Sugar Bay Resort, a holiday camp for kids and teens, we challenge both parents and campers to write letters to one another the traditional way. 

We allow our campers to write a letter to their parents on the third day of camp. These letters are then scanned and emailed to parents, opening the door of communication between parents and their children at camp. We distribute the replies to our campers on the fourth day of camp, which gives parents a day to compose a reputable letter to their little ones. 

However, the replies are often very formal and lack the gist of a meaningful letter.
Although you’re receiving these letters via email, it would be very exciting for your kids to receive a hand-written lett…

Safety at Camp

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Sending your kids to overnight camp can be nerve-racking if you’re going to be stressing about their safety. It’s important that you choose a camp that has trustworthy staff and counselors as well as safe facilities. 

To put your mind at ease, here are some suggested questions that you should ask concerning the safety policy of a summer camp: 

1. What is the ratio of staff to children?
Staff ratios are very important. The higher the number of counselors to campers, the more supervised your children will be. A higher staff to child ratio means a more controlled environment and will ensure that your kids are getting the quality supervision and attention they require. 

2. How has the staff been trained?


Your children should be in the care of staff that are at least qualified to render basic first aid, also known as Emergency First Response. You need to also question their psychological training in terms of how they would handle a case of bullying or homesickness at camp.

3. What is the camp&#…