Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Upcoming August Camps

These August holidays, we're exploring Greek mythology on Mount Olympus, breaking it down for our Step Up tournament and James Bond will show us his poker face during Casino Royale week. The holiday season will end on a sweet note, as we celebrate our 17th birthday with S'mores galore! With a discount of R1900 on our first three camps and a whopping R2200 saving on our birthday celebration, you have every reason to join us for our August holiday camps!

Mount Olympus week: 5-12 August 2018

Who's ready to become a Greek God? As we hang out with Zeus and Poseidon, come enjoy a week of bravery and legacies.


  • Mount Olympus quiz night.
  • Camp half blood (campers will learn how to be warriors). 
  • Shaka land excursion or camp in.
  • Camp will be hosting it's very own Olympics. 
  • Explore classes in honour of Odysseus. 

How much will it cost to become a Greek God?

Book now to conquer Mount Olympus with us!

Step Up Week: 12 - 19 August 2018 

We're hosting our very own dance tournament as we break it down with a week filled with breakdancing, stepping, and pop-locks. We're bringing the step to the Bay!


  • Flash mobs every day of the week. 
  • "So You Think You Can Dance" competition. The winner wins a free week at camp.
  • Step Up dance classes.
  • Graffiti art classes. 
  • Different dance moves themed for each day.

How much will it cost to break it down at the Bay?

Book now to become our next dance superstar!

Casino Royale week: 19 - 26 August 2018

With cool gadgets, spy missions and casino nights, come join James Bond on his mission during our Casino Royale week at the Bay, Sugar Bay!


  • Casino night.
  • Senior VIP areas. 
  • Exciting spy missions.
  • Arcade and bowling excursion. 
  • James Bond party night. 

How much will it cost to be a spy?

Book now to be a part of the secret mission!

S'mores Birthday Week 21 August - 1 September 2018 

We end off our holiday camp season with a sweet sizzle for our 17th birthday celebration! Come join us for a week of fire-roasted marshmallows and chocolate sandwiches for our S'mores themed week.


  • Camp out excursion.
  • Camp fire every night.
  • S'mores birthday cake.
  • Pool party.
  • Camp in movie night. 

How much will it cost to join us for our celebration?

Book now and celebrate our birthday with us!

Check out our Facebook Events to stay updated on what we have planned for all our upcoming holiday camps.

If you have any questions about our sleepover camps, please contact us via our website, call (032) 485 3778 or email holidays@sugarbay.co.za.

Friday, 13 July 2018

How to make Wonka bars with Fondant

Moulding fondant has become a sensation in our arts and crafts section at Sugar Bay. We have our campers thinking out of the box and inventing original pieces of art. During our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed week, we made Wonka bars in tribute to our chocolate master, Mr Willy Wonka.

If you have a sweet tooth and you love the 1964 classic, here's how to make a Wonka bar.

What you will need: 

  • Fondant 
  • Icing sugar
  • Chopsticks (long and short)
  • Medium sized jar
  • Food colouring (colours of your choice) 
  • Flat board
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks 


Step 1: Separate fondant into 3 pieces. 1 fistful piece (for the wrapper) and 2 smaller pieces (for the
            chocolate bar and Wonka wording).

Step 2: Mix the icing sugar into the pieces until smooth.

Step 3: Squirt the red food colouring (or any colour of your choice for the wrapper) into the bigger
         piece. Then add the brown for the chocolate bar and the third piece to be left white.

Step 4: Work the colour in with your hands until fondant is completely that colour.

Step 5: Place the pieces on the flat board and flatten with the jar.

Step 6: Shape the pieces into the shape of the chocolate bar using the chopsticks.

Step 7: Place the toothpicks on the brown piece to shape the chocolate bars.

Step 8: Shape 'Wonka' letters with the white fondant using the toothpicks.

Step 9: Put the chocolate and wrapper piece together

Step 10: Place the 'Wonka' letters on the wrapper part of your chocolate bar.

There you have it! A Wonka bar in 10 easy steps.

We're always creating amazing crafts at Sugar Bay, follow our Pinterest channel for more art and camp crafts inspiration. 

Surfing with Smiles

We sat down with the Sugar Bay surfing PC (Pro Counselor), Smiles, on his surfing journey and who he thinks would win in a fight between Steven Seagal and Jean Claude van Damme.

Real name Grant Anderson, was born in Johannesburg, Gauteng and went to North Cliff primary school before the Anderson tribe moved to sunny Durban in 2009. The surfing bug bit him at just 10 years old and he has never looked back.

As a past camper at the Bay, he loved the positive influence the counselors had on him.

"I felt like I could be myself, I was exposed to the one thing I love most in the world and I was surrounded by the most amazing people."

Wanting to shine that light on someone else, in 2016, he joined our C.I.T (Counselors in Training) course where he had goals to become the surfing PC and the counselor he had always wanted to be.

 What's your favourite part about teaching children how to surf? 

"Just being able to share my passion with someone, who either have been surfing or wants to learn how to surf. It allows me to be a part of their journey and to see them grow is such a privilege." 

What childhood memory do you have of surfing? 

"Standing on a board I still have today and catching a wave on my own for the very first time." 

What type of kid do you think your teachers would say you were at school? 

"Definitely a leader, I was also a good example and a role model to the younger pupils."

What's the one thing people don't know about you? 

(Shrugs) " hahahahaha. I honestly don't know."

Between Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude van Damme, who do you think would win the fight?

"Steven Seagal any day!" 

If you would like to become a counselor at the Bay, book a C.I.T course or visit our website for more information on our C.I.T course.  

Friday, 6 July 2018

The big question: should cellphones be at camp?

Do you find yourself constantly asking your child to get off their phone? Or delayed responses because they need to answer a text? Welcome to a world where toddlers have tablets and teenagers are iMessaging on the latest iPhone. A break from the digital world is the goal of our camp, to be able to revel in adventure, friendships, and personal growth. Most camps do not include cellphones on their packing list, and the reason is simple: cellphones take away from the camp experience. 

Many children and alarmingly numerous parents will argue that things are different and we need to move with the times. The most popular excuse is the reassurance of their children's safety if they are always contactable. Besides being an obvious distraction from enjoying the moment, cellphones could prevent them from focusing on important safety protocols. Imagine a child more focused on capturing the perfect selfie, than remembering to put a helmet on!

Here are 3 ways having a cellphone at camp could be detrimental.  

Forming of surface-level relationships 

Camp offers the opportunity to meet new people and form genuine relationships. Someone who shares your interests, carries an extra fruit for you or laughs at the crazy faces you make, that's the power of camp culture! A study by Tamyra Pierce, professor in communication and electronic media, showed a relation between social anxiety and constant cyberspace interaction. In the findings, there was more diminished face-to-face communication skills and interpersonal intelligence with the increase in online communication. It's hard to cultivate authentic relationships while you are updating your Instagram page or perfecting that selfie.

Children can't unplug, literally.

When children come to camp, one of our main goals is to have our campers delve into a reality of acceptance, being yourself, surrounded by smiles and support. When a cellphone is brought to camp, they're still attached to their life digitally. Social pressures are still in play; who gossiped about whom, how many people double tapped their last post, their minds are in digital mode. A Stanford researcher (Abuojaude) found in a 2006 study, that between 4 -14% of campers in various American camps, admitted that preoccupation with being online was interfering in their lives in various ways, but while at camp, couldn't have been more relaxed. There is time to bask in the sun, enjoy a scary campfire story or watch the stars.

Hinders growth in social skills 

We could name endless benefits of camp for your child, but social skills are priceless. When you are constantly reminded of your life through social media, you tend to stick to what you know, which doesn't give room for growth. There needs to be a conscious decision to experience the moment to engage in the social habits of others. With a cellphone in a camper's hand, what would they be more focused on?

So the next time you are thinking of sending your child to camp with a cellphone, remind yourself why you are sending them to camp.

What was your child's experience of camp without their device? Do you think cellphones should be allowed at camps? If you have a story or any thoughts you'd like to share, leave a comment below.

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