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Tips before you start your henna tattoo

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Our body art class, one of our arts and crafts activities at Sugar Bay, has become a hit with our campers creating some original and innovative designs. From different textures, styles and colours; the art of henna has definitely become a sensation amongst our campers.

Henna is a fun and exciting way for bonding and relaxing with your kids. Here are some tips on how to get started :


1. Wash the area you plan to tattoo.

Removing oils and grime from the concentrated area will ensure the henna stains correctly.

2. Practice on paper first. 

Because henna will last between one and two weeks, it's best to develop a technique before                      applying the paste on someone's skin.

3. Don't get lost in the grand scale of things. 

   Start small, too big a project might uninspire you.



Fun facts about Henna : 
Henna (calledmehndiin Hindi and Uduru) has been practiced for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East. The art of henna has since been carried down t…

Meet Lilo: 20 camps later

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Laila Mackay, popularly known as Lilo, is celebrating her 20th-holiday camp at the Bay. From Jurassic World week to Japan week, Lilo has vast experience on our themed holiday camps. On her 20th visit, she explains how camp has made her bolder and much more comfortable with herself.

"Camp boosts your confidence, you're accepted for who you are. I remember during Peanuts week, I was doing sumo wrestling, and Jack (a fellow camper) tackled me so hard that I started rolling back and forth! It was the funniest thing ever and it was all caught on camera! I was comfortable with being silly and everyone around me was amazing." 


Describing herself as fun, caring and arty, Lilo explains how she would love to become a counselor at Sugar Bay. Spending most of her time at the arts and crafts section during her stay on her holiday camps, she tells us how being an Arts and Crafts PC (Pro Counselor) would be a box ticked on her life to-do list.

"I love the feeling of independence fr…

Breaking it down with Cashmere

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We sat down with our former dancing instructor, Cashmere, on why Tina Turner is her spirit animal and how Sugar Bay has given her a global perspective.

With 18 years worth of dancing under her belt, she's performed all over the country and admits to how much she loves the limelight from her craft.

"Oh! the standing ovations and flowers after the show! I love it. It just reassures me that I was born to dance."

The 21-year-old, who's originally from East Rand Johannesburg, explained to us how she's on a dancing hiatus, and how the sky is the limit.

" I'm currently studying French and working for my dad; just learning new things. I want to grow in other parts of my being." 



1. Describe yourself in 3 words:

"Passionate, compassionate, gwitty (gangster/ghetto/witty). 

2. Hahaha, which counselor , past or present, inspires you and why?

"Afro, he used to tell me that everything you do, should be done with a purpose." 

3. How would you describe you…

When your teen wants out of summer camp

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"I don't want to go, it's just not fun anymore, I'm not a kid anymore." This statement is usually followed by a well-prepped speech on why your teen doesn't want to go camping anymore, accompanied by a list of alternative activities that can preoccupy them during the school holidays.

Teenagers have different reasons for not wanting to go to camp anymore, from feeling like they have grown out of the annual excursion to wanting to invest time in things that interest them outside of camp.


When teenagers grow out of their adolescence, they want to create an identity for this new stage of their life. This is when you cue in the "I don't want to go anymore" talk.

In a 2014 survey done by Sarah- Jayne Blackmore, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, found that teens between the ages of 14-17, were more likely to shift away from the things they loved as children. Creating new habits, hobbies and social presenc…