Monday, 17 September 2018

Tea-making with Teaspoon

"Tea- making is a form of meditation for me, nothing is on my mind except the smell of the herbs, the different textures and the outcome of the different herb combinations."

His love for tea began with a birthday tradition his mom started, where he found himself receiving a cup of tea on the night before and the morning of his birthday.

"My mom always wanted to make me the last cup of tea of the age I was, and the first cup of the age I was turning. I can safely say my mom is my inspiration when it comes to tea-making." He shared.

When introducing his tea-making at Sugar Bay as a specialized class, he was inflicted with doubts of whether campers would want to take part. 

"When I first advertised my class, no-one came and I was so bummed about it. About twenty minutes later, three kids came up to me and asked if we could make some tea. That's when I knew my tea-making class was not just about teaching kids how to make tea; but it was also about teaching myself life- skills, such as patience in this instance." 

The future tea sommelier gave us a glimpse of his magic by revealing one of his recipe's.

Champion chai:

What you will need : 

  • Cinnamon quills
  • Peppercorns
  • Pinch of nutmeg 
  • Honey 
  • 1 part water 
  • 2 parts milk 
  • Pot 
  • Tea sieve 
  • Love 
  • Peace in your heart 
  • Tea bags 

Method : 

Step 1: Add all the ingredients, except the tea bags and honey, into a pot. Place on a stove and set it                     on medium heat.

Step 2: Stir all the ingredients for 2 minutes. Tear open the tea bags and empty the loose tea into 
            the mix.
Step 3: Bring the ingredients to a slow boil while stirring (do not let it boil over).

Step 4: After 10 minutes of stirring, pour the tea into mugs through the tea sieve. 

Step 5: Add honey (or sugar) to each cup for taste. 

Step 5: Sip with calm indulgence and be prepared to have your mind blown and your heart warmed.  

We're always creating innovating and exciting specialized classes at the Bay. Follow our Pinterest channel for more art and camp crafts inspiration. 


Upcoming October Camp

Spring is here and we're on the brink of another school holiday. We have one holiday camp for the upcoming October holidays and we're feeling the need for speed! With a discount of R1900, don't get left behind as we race our way into a week of drifting and car mania.

Need For Speed week: 30 September - 7 October 2018 

With camp turning into Ventura Bay, we're unlocking all the summertime fun with horsepower and Formula1 knowledge! Don't get caught missing out on being number 1.

Highlights : 

  • Soapbox derby (campers build and race their own go-carts).
  • Senior boat cruise.
  • Wacky races evening program.
  • Formula 1 quiz night.
  • Trump card classes and Pitt crew games throughout the week.

How much does it cost to become Sean “Mac” McAlister? 

Book now to unlock your potential.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to view our holiday camp highlights, alternatively 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

Friday, 14 September 2018

Get to know TGIF (Fresh)

"I came to Sugar Bay as a fresh young kid at 19, I had to grow up very quickly and camp was the right place to be because it taught me responsibility. I also gained skill sets that would help me in my future endeavours."

Working as a radio host on 5fm on the afternoon drive (weekdays 3-6pm) and presenting a T.V game show, Msizi James explains how his time at Sugar Bay has helped in growing his character and preparing him for his career.

We caught up with Msizi, popularly known as TGIF, on his humble beginnings at the Bay and how he had a hand in the building of the climbing wall at Sugar Bay.

1. What's the craziest, messiest, most mind-boggling thing have you have ever done or been done to you at the Bay?

"The messiest thing that ever happened at the bay always involved special loans and a legendary counselor named Chana. If it was your birthday, he would make you a toxic cocktail of whatever was around and you had to drink it to get the (staff) party started."

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

"Well besides the fact that I had a hand in the building of the climbing wall haha, people don't know that Tape (the old head counselor) is the one who FORCED me to audition for my first ever radio job, so I owe a lot to him."

3. What is your most memorable Sugar Bay camp and why?

"I met my little brother for the time at Sugar Bay. He was here for a school camp, a complete chance meeting that changed my life forever."

4. What's your spirit animal?

 "Seth Rogan......"

5. How has being at Sugar Bay influenced your life?

"Oh my goodness, I always tell people how Sugar Bay was the most life-changing time of my life. One of the most valuable lessons I learnt was MCing and being able to talk to people, which is a big part of my job now."

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.  

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

What is your camp name?

Ever wondered why our counselors have super cool nicknames? Well besides it being exciting having a name that suits your personality, campers also love it; even parents think it's quite neat! After all, it's easier to distinguish between Moonwalk and Spook than Josh and Josh.

We have 5 popular types of counselor personalities we get to see around camp, what category do you fall under?


If the name isn't already a hint that this type of counselor is the life of the party, you will definitely feel it on your first encounter with them. Besides illuminating a room with just their presence, they're also Mr. Funny Guy, throwing in banter and playing on words. Campers love these counselors; from the random fun facts on Marvel movies to the grand speeches on ocean life.


This counselor is the designated fairy godmother at camp. Usually creative, they inspire and cultivate talents around camp with their nurturing personality. Bringing out the best in people is their most natural flair. It's inevitable that the kids leave camp with their confidence boosted and doubts about whether fairytales are indeed fiction.

Ben 10: 

You'll most-likely find Ben 10 either covered in mud or sumo wrestling with a camper half their size. Juniors love Ben 10, they're basically playing with their age mate who just happens to be in an adult body (which campers love!) This type of counselor is warm-hearted and can put a smile on your face on the most dreadful day. We love our Ben 10's, everything from being a best friend to junior campers with their child-like personality, to making the senior campers feel like they're care-free 10 year-olds again.


Quirky, fun and alternative. Campers are anything their imagination tells them to be with this counselor around. From being rock stars to making plans to spend time with aliens, they're up for anything. This counselor is anything but ordinary; the sky is purple and the floor is oozing lava. Don't box a Gumball, they'll surprise you with blue hair and pink eyebrows.


Man of Steel is this counselor's middle name. Campers are convinced that this counselor can paddle up Victoria falls; they're the ultimate hero. Rangers are great at putting on a show-and-tell of all the cool activities campers will achieve by enticing them with their superman voice and elaborate moves. All they need now is a  red cape and an "S" on their chest.

Tell us what your camp name is by leaving a comment below! 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.