Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Importance of Camper-Counselor Relationships

Camp is a great place for children to get some much-needed time out from mom and dad and form relationships with other authoritative, yet not as threatening, figures: camp counselors.

The role of a counselor is not only being of a guardian and caretaker, but a friend as well. Camper- counselor relationships provide long-lasting values for both parties; camp allows children the freedom to grow into independent individuals and teaches counselors teamwork, communication and responsibility.

Let's take a look at the benefits of camper-counselor relationships.

Counselors show campers that being an adult can be fun. 

Children have many adults in their life: mom and dad, the family doctor, their teachers; they're constantly surrounded by someone who either always has something to do, stressed out from work or giving them instructions. A counselor is an adult that is also a peer to the camper. When they see an authoritative figure playing in the mud, it changes their perspective on what being an adult is like and allows them to be open-minded about growing up.

Campers open up more to counselors.

Since counselors are looked at as peers, campers will often open up to counselors in ways that they might not do with their parents. This allows them to speak about issues they're not completely comfortable with speaking to their friends nor their parents. From careers goals, to trauma they went through and how they believed in the toothfairy till the age of 12; a counselor lends an ear from a friends perspective and gives advice like a parent.

Campers see counselors as role models.

The relationship between a camper and a counselor is so important because it is a chance for children to be inspired by someone who is an authoritative figure and also a friend. When a camper sees their counselor making their bed every morning, they will make their bed without being asked.

"The coolest person the world is making their bed, let me make mine," will probably be their first thought.

If your child is inspired to make their bed by a counselor, the list is endless on how a counselor can positively influence your child. 

If your child dreams of being a counselor one day, you should consider enrolling them for our Counselor-in-Training course. For more information on our upcoming holiday camps, view our events section on our Facebook page. To book a holiday camp, visit our website

Make Poi in 5 Easy Steps

Fire-spinning has become a sensation at the Bay with our campers delighting in performances put on by our counselors every final camp night.

The tradition has become so popular, our campers have joined in the shows and have brought new tricks to the game.

Before you start spinning with fire, you use poi to practice your routine. Poi originates from the Maori people of New Zealand and has spread across the globe. Poi is the Maori word for 'ball' on a cord. Maori women used Poi to keep their hands flexible for weaving and men for strength and coordination during battle. The practice was also seen in beautiful dance ceremonies where the poi was put on fire and phenomenal images emerged as they swung rhythmically.

Here are 5 easy steps to make poi

What you will need: 

  • String or shoelaces
  • Black plastic bags 
  • Scissors 
  • Ruler
  • A4 paper or rice 
  • Rubber bands 
  • Sellotape


Step 1: Pour the rice into the plastic bag until it is the size of your fist and tie the ball with a 
            rubber band at the top. 

Step 2: Cut the plastic bag into an A6 size, cover the ball and tie at the top with sellotape. 

Step 3: Take the braided string or shoelace and sellotape it on top of your poi. 

Step 4: Swing the poi around to make sure the string is tied tightly to the ball. 

Step 5: With your wildest imagination, decorate your poi! 

And there you have it; with these easy steps, you're on your way to becoming the best fire-spinner you could possibly be.

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

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Bringing Art To Life: 3 Traits Every Art Teacher Should Have.

It's not easy being a kid today; facing chunks of homework and a seemingly never-ending quest for achievement, it appears to be harder being a kid than a CEO of a large corporate company.

It's even harder for creative children; to discover and nurture their talent with different social pressures and numerous inconsistent daily requirements. How do we create the next generation of innovative artists? Through all our art teachers across the globe!

Listed below are 3 key qualities every art teacher should have. Cultivating these principles assists our aspiring Picassos, aka your students, in finding their role in the creative world and how to play it.


Curiosity builds a desire for a greater understanding and learning more. Besides innovating your student's creative talent by gaining more intel, curiosity develops awareness and attention to detail for their craft. It is of utmost importance to motivate them to consistently ask questions and to dig deeper. This fosters growth and matures their expertise.


Tony Wagner, a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, states that one of the key principles to strengthen a student's innovative framework, is the passion passed from the teacher to student. Wagner further explains how the best teachers always support what the student's natural passion is, and make an effort to connect what needs to be learnt to satisfy the passion. This creates a sense of purpose with their craft and longing to better themselves. 


Having a purpose is imperative for any human being. Great art teachers know the importance of creating art that will add value to the world, rather than creating for the sake of creating. When students pick up this sentiment, it develops their creative problem-solving skills. Finding solutions is more urgent and pushes the student to take greater risks and look for new ways of solving challenging issues to fulfil their purpose. 

With these 3 principles implemented into your art classes, who knows, you could be grooming the next Da Vinci. 

Tell us how you run your art classes by leaving a comment below! Follow our Pinterest channel for more arts and crafts fun.

Out of his League

Being our in-house emergency response CPR trainer for our camp staff and counselors, a self-defence class instructor and a superhero to our planet; we caught up with League on being a mountain guide and how the rhino is his spirit animal. 

From rock-climbing in Maine, leading a hike in Vietnam to being a mountain guide in upstate New York, League is definitely living up to his name by being in a league of his own. 

We first set our eyes on the great adventurer in 2017 when he was a C.I.T (counselor in training). This is where we watched him transform into the great counselor he is today. 

"I was extremely shy, I couldn't look people in the eye when I was speaking to them, it was really bad! Let's not even talk about public speaking!"  He exclaimed.

League runs a specialized self-defence class at the Bay where he teaches campers basic moves to protect themselves.

"I have been doing karate since I was 3 years old, I then developed my skills into self-defence as the years went by. It first started out as a hobby but knowing I could be helping a little girl protect themselves from immediate danger, that was a beautiful thing for me." 

Just when you thought he couldn't get any cooler, he recently added being a warrior for rhinos to his long list of accomplishments when he joined the anti-rhino-poaching unit; protecting rhinos from extinction, one poacher at a time.

With the rhino being his spirit animal, he explains how he relates to the majestic creature. 

"The rhino is peaceful and protective: that's exactly how I would describe myself, except that I am more family-oriented than the rhino I suppose. It just felt like a natural step in joining the unit."

What Batman is to Gotham city, that is what League is to our precious earth; a wildlife conservationist and making society a better place. 

If you also dream of being a counselor one day, you should consider enrolling for our Counselor-in-Training course. You can visit our website for more information on what it takes to be a Sugar Bay counselor.