Wednesday, 19 July 2017

5 Most-loved camp desserts

Nothing beats a sweet treat after a delicious dinner. At Sugar Bay Resort, a holiday camp for kids and teens between the ages of seven and seventeen, the chef and his kitchen team love treating their campers to tantalizing, traditional camp desserts.

Often kids dislike eating all their veggies and having a proper meal for dinner. The trick is to reward them for eating healthily. If you spare at least thirty minutes in your day to prepare one of these decadent camp desserts, you will surely have their plates cleaned out. 

Sugar Bay’s camp chef, Joy, shared a few recipes of the camper’s most-loved desserts;

1. Peppermint Tart

This dessert is a traditional South African dessert and the camper’s favourite.

Quantities of ingredients are not included since they differ according to the number of servings being prepared.

All you need is a Peppermint Crisp chocolate, dessert cream, Tennis biscuits and canned caramel.

Begin by laying a baking tray with the Tennis Biscuits. Combine the dessert cream and the canned caramel. Apply the dessert cream and caramel combination over the layer of biscuits. Add another layer of Tennis biscuits over the caramel and dessert cream combination. Grate the Peppermint Crisp chocolate and generously sprinkle over the top biscuit layer. Leave to set in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

2. Cheese Cake

 

An irresistibly creamy cheese cake is the second best dessert at Sugar Bay Resort.

Quantities of ingredients are not included since they differ according to the number of servings being prepared.

You will need cream cheese, cream, butter, Tennis biscuits, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Melt the butter and crush the Tennis biscuits. Combine the two and pat down on a tray to form a biscuit base for the cheese cake. Combine the cream cheese and the cream with lemon juice. Spread the mixture over the biscuit base and bake at 150 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes. Allow to cool, grate lemon zest over the cheese cake and then refrigerate.

3. Malva Pudding

 

Stickiness and moisture could never be better anywhere else than in a malva pudding. This heart-warming dessert leaves campers licking their dessert bowls all the time.

Quantities of ingredients are not included since they differ according to the number of servings being prepared.

You need cream, milk, vanilla essence, butter, jam, white vinegar, salt, sugar, cake flour and bicarbonate soda to whip up this delight.

Mix the wet ingredients; cream, milk, vanilla essence, butter, jam and white vinegar together in a bowl. In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients; salt, sugar, cake flour and bicarbonate soda. Combine the wet and dry mixture and bake at 180 degrees Celcius for 30 minutes. Serve with chilled vanilla custard.

4. Brownies and Ice-Cream

 

Holiday camps at Sugar Bay aren’t festive without brownies and ice-cream.

Quantities of ingredients are not included since they differ according to the number of servings being prepared.

Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, 2 eggs, and salted butter is all you need.

Combine all the dry ingredients; flour, sugar and cocoa powder in one bowl. In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients; the eggs and salted butter and add to the dry ingredients. Combine the wet and dry mixtures and beat until smooth and lump-free. Bake in the oven at 150 degrees Celcius for 25-35 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

5. Chocolate Mousse

For all those chocolate-loving campers, chocolate mousse is certainly a dessert that gets their mouths watering hours before it’s even served.

Quantities of ingredients are not included since they differ according to the number of servings being prepared.

Simple and common ingredients are required; dark chocolate, egg whites, water, and cream.

Melt the dark chocolate over a boiler, then add water and cream and combine mixture. Fold in egg whites and leave the combination to set in the refrigerator for 3o minutes. Serve with chilled whipped cream.

All Sugar Bay's camp desserts are so traditional and comforting in the sense that, campers feel like they’re at home every time dessert is being served. With all these delicious dessert recipes, you can make your kids feel like they’re at camp, even when you’re just encouraging them to finish their veggies at home. 

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Top 5 characteristics of a good camp counselor

The best summer camp isn’t necessarily a summer camp with the most facilities or the best equipment. The best summer camp has the best counselors. Everyone wants to be a good camp counselor, and in order to do so, you would need to possess characteristics that contribute positively to the needs of the camping environment and the campers.

Here are the top 5 characteristics of a good camp counselor;

1. Initiative

 
Taking the initiative of doing something before someone asks you to, is one of the most significant characteristics that a good counselor will need to possess. For example, if you see something on your path that someone could possibly trip on and therefore get injured by, you should take the initiative to remove this object, even if you didn’t trip on it. That’s what initiative is about. This characteristic is always needed at camp.

2. Selflessness

 
At camp, the campers always come first. What would you do if you’re really tired, and a camper cannot go to bed because they’re feeling homesick? You would need to sacrifice your desire to go to bed early and firstly, ensure that your camper is made comfortable. Tell them jokes or a funny story or two, to get their minds away from what they’re missing at home and rather focus on what’s happening at camp. This is a perfect example of an act of selflessness. 
 
3. Positive Role Modeling

 
As a camp counselor, it’s important to note that your behavior can be emulated by others, especially by the younger campers. You will need to lead by example. You cannot tell your campers that technology isn’t allowed at camp, and thereafter, get caught using your mobile phone to text when you think everyone is asleep. You will need to practice what you preach in order to be a positive role model to your campers and fellow counselors.

4. Creativity

 
The extensive use of your imagination in terms of originality plays a big role in being a good camp counselor. In order to be victorious in certain challenges at camp, you will need to be innovative and think outside the box. Boredom is unacceptable at camp, and, if you see a group of kids bored, it’s up to you to quickly come up with an exciting game or activity to keep them entertained. Whether it’s to do with programming activities or setting up camp in general, camp counselors have to be creative in order to thrive in the summer camp environment.

5. Resilience 
 
There will always be difficulties and unpleasant situations that you will experience as a camp counselor. However, it does not matter how difficult or how unpleasant a situation is, rather, how quickly you recover from it. A camp has an ongoing cycle which you, as a camp counselor should respect and not interrupt, no matter the circumstances. In order for camp to run smoothly, you will need to grow a thick skin when it comes to difficult and unpleasant situations. There is no time to dwell on these things. You need to possess the capacity to recover quickly and move on.

A good camp counselor takes initiative, is selfless, a positive role model, creative and resilient. If you have these characteristics, there’s a camp out there that needs someone like you. Get out there and make someone’s summer camp experience unforgettable.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Review: June/July 2017 Holiday Camps

Sugar Bay’s June/July holiday camps certainly warmed up these winter school holidays. We hosted four fantastic themed holiday camps and accomodated a total of 231 kids at camp. 
 
Smurf’s – The Lost Village week: 25 June-2 July

 
We began warming up for the winter holidays by going on an adventure with the adorable blue little creatures, the Smurfs. Twenty-two campers explored the Lost Village with us this week. The kids enjoyed many fun activities integrated around the theme such as; Smurf Speed-Dating Date Night, Blue Carnival Night, Smurf Spa & Sports Day, Smurf Party Night and Papa Smurf Show Night. They also went on an adventurous camp out in The Smurf’s Lost Village, where they camped around a warm bonfire and played exciting games.

Browse through our Facebook Album to see more pictures from the Smurf’s – The Lost week themed holiday camp.

Bay Watch week: 2-9 July

 
Our campers got out their bathing suits, hit the shore and got bay watching this week. One hundred and two campers were having fun at the bay during Bay Watch week. The kids enjoyed many fun activities integrated around the theme such as; a Beach Festival, Ultimate Bay Watch Championship, Mister/Miss Bay Watch Show, Beach Party Night and a Pool Party. They also went on an exciting excursion to Ushaka Marine World Aquarium and Themed Water Park, where they went water sliding and viewed the beautiful marine life on display.

Browse through our Facebook Album to see more pictures from the Bay Watch week themed holiday camp.

Pizza week: 9-16 July

 
Camp was mouthwatering this week and we had seventy-eight pizza-loving campers who helped us share and celebrate our love for pizza. The kids enjoyed many fun activities integrated around the theme such as; Pizza-making classes, fantastic food fights, taste bud testing sessions, pizza parties and a Master-Chef themed pizza class. They also went on an exciting excursion to the Durban Beachfront and Harbour, where they went on a boat cruise, viewed the beautiful marine life and ate lots of pizza.

Browse through our Facebook Album to see more pictures from the Pizza week themed holiday camp.

Colour week: 2-9 July

 
A rainbow of colour surrounded Sugar Bay this week and we had thirty campers ready to get colourful with us. The kids enjoyed many fun activities integrated around the theme such as; colourful Twister & board games, colourful ultimate balloon frisbee, colour war, creating colourful flag classes, colourful glow in the dark party and capturing the colourful flag. They also went on an exciting excursion to the Jump for Joy indoor trampoline arena in Durban, where they had a blast jumping away.

Browse through our Facebook Album to see more pictures from the Colour week themed holiday camp.

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Specialized Classes at Sugar Bay

Sugar Bay is proud to announce that over and above the more than one hundred activities offered at camp, we’ve got our counselors to turn their talents and passions into specialized classes for our campers. 
 
Three new and exciting activities were introduced by our counselors; Yoga, Spoken-word poetry and Beat-boxing. 
 
Techno’s Funny Yoga Sessions

 
We’ve had yoga at camp before, but this class was given a whole new hilarious and enjoyable twist by Sugar Bay counselor, Techno. 
 
My yoga class is a fun little meditation exercise, in which I invite kids to join me in a judgment-free yoga session, where we go through a couple of cycles and have a few laughs along the way,” he said. 
 
The aim of Techno’s yoga class is to show kids new ways in which they can have fun whilst exercising and encourage healthy, active, living. 
 
Techno encourages kids to join his class by making it known to them that it’s going to be exciting and promoting the idea of yoga being a great start to every day. 
 
Techno went on to explain his passion for this class; Yoga is really an amazing way to align yourself into everyday life by relaxing your mind and exercising your body. It is also great in terms of flexibility, which helps in injury prevention and speeds up the recovery process of injuries.”

I want the campers who join my class to leave feeling relaxed and in a brighter mood,” said Techno. 
 
Grimm’s Spoken-Word Poetry 

 
Another extremely creative addition introduced by Sugar Bay counselor, Grimm, was spoken-word poetry. 
 
Grimm explained the concept of his class as; Simply to enthrall the idea of being able to describe almost anything using colourful and figurative languages.” 
 
The main focus of Grimm’s spoken-word poetry class is to enhance one’s ability to think creatively when speaking or writing. 
 
Grimm encourages campers to join his class by demonstrating with pieces he has written or thought of on the spot.

I am passionate about my class because I am in love with poetry and even more, literature. I consider myself a ‘word-nerd’ because I really do appreciate the art of spoken-word,” he shared. 
 
Grimm added; I want to create a bunch of confident, creative thinkers, with the will to recite and describe where their imagination takes them.”

Stance’s Beat-Boxing Classes

 
Having been hired for beat-boxing on a professional level, Sugar Bay counselor, Stance, couldn’t help but share his talent with everyone at camp. 
 
Stance’s beat-boxing class teachers campers the art of beat-boxing and how to creatively make music with the human mouth and vocals. 
 
The main focus of this class is to find new talent in this skill amongst youngsters and open their doors to the world of beat-boxing. 
 
Stance explains how he encourages campers to join his class; I show them my demo of beat-boxing and amp up the vibes so that they are excited to learn how to perform this skill,” he said. 
 
Beat-boxing is my passion, I’ve been doing it for 9 years now, and everyday, I learn new things and enjoy it more and more. To see what the human mouth can produce in terms of beat-boxing is incredible. Beat-boxing is an art on its own,” Stance shared passionately.

I want kids to be inspired to try out this form of art, just like I was, when I was first exposed to it. I want to teach them how to challenge themselves, set goals and see the results. I believe hard work pays off. Practice is key,” he added.

We’re so excited about these passionate instructors sharing their skills at camp and can’t wait for you to learn a thing or two from them. 
 
Call us on 032 485 3778 to book your spot for our August holiday camps. You can also book online. Visit our website for more information, and also to view the camp rates and dates.