Monday, 19 November 2018

The Power Of Selfless Acts

Throughout our lives, from childhood to adulthood, community is an essential part of everyday existence. The beauty behind selfless acts lies not only in the party receiving the act of service, but the shared experience between the giver and the receiver.

Community Service Learning is one way that Sugar Bay gives back to the local community and Bongimfundo Primary School is one of the schools that benefit from our Service Learning initiative. We are always happy to host the school at Sugar Bay and we delight in seeing bright smiles from the learners.  

Service Learning is a far-reaching and life-altering experience for students, where they undergo incredible growth in their emotional maturity and learn a great deal about themselves and as a part of a greater society.

On their visit to the Bay, the American International School of Johannesburg shared a day of their school camp with the learners, where they relished in foursquare, space jump, chalking, body art and sumo wrestling. AISJ also provided lunch and sponsored stationary towards the school. We would like to thank AISJ for showing us the real meaning of Ubuntu.

We would also like to thank Powafix for donating paint and building supplies towards the school.

When students come to Sugar Bay, we want them to leave with a greater sense of personal efficiency, a broader outlook on life with reduced stereotyping and greater inter-cultural understanding.

"If we are to teach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children"

-Mahatma Gandhi 

Tell us ways in which we can help each other as a community or share a community service story close to your heart by leaving a comment below!

Learn more about the Service Learning program at Sugar Bay, or in what other ways we give back

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Life After Camp: 3 tips for a smoother re-entry home.

There are a gazillion articles with tricks and tips on sending your child to camp; how to pack for your child like a pro, how to choose the correct camp for your child, the benefits of camp and so forth. But what about when they come home from camp? What can you expect?  All children are different and the re-entry home from camp can range from never wanting to go back  to instant talks about plans for the next trip. Here are 3 tips for a smoother re-entry back home from camp.


You may need to prepare yourself for an eventful ride home. They'll sing every camp song, tell you all about the new friends they made and mimic their favourite counselors. This is their way of processing and reliving their camp experience and they essentially want to share their adventures with you.On the other hand, you may get one-word answers and periods of silence. Don't push for more information, sometimes kids just need to settle down in order to get comfortable to tell you about their adventures. Whatever the circumstance, the key is to listen. 

Let them sleep 

You may be graciously well-rested from flying solo or with less kids while your children were at camp, but your campers may be a  different story. With physical exhaustion from all the activities coupled with the emotional exhaustion of dealing with less personal space, excitement and constant human interaction; expect them to be walking zombies. Whether they have been away for one week or four, your little camper will need all the rest they can get. 

Don't be too grossed out

Oh they will be dirty, things will be missing and clothes will be muddy. Believe it or not, these are signs of a good holiday camp. Don't give them a hard time for coming home with brown socks that were formerly white, or 2 sweaters when you packed 3. Don't expect that your perfectly packed bag will return home as you had packed it or they used soap every time when they took a shower while at camp. Let it go. Recover what you can and move on.

What was your experience of your child coming home from camp? If you have a story or any tips you'd like like to share on how to handle your child coming home from camp; leave a comment below. 

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Upcoming December Camps

Are you ready for magical adventures and a swashbuckling good time? This festive season we'll be delighting in a world where imagination and animation take over Sugar Bay these upcoming holidays! Devouring in a land of mystical creatures on our DreamWorks week and Jack Sparrow visiting us on Pirates of the Caribbean week, don't get caught missing out on the magic!

DreamWorks week: 7 - 14 December 2018 

DreamWorks week promises to be magical with creativity and mythical creatures coming to life! Join us as we explore alien life and monsters under our beds. 


  • Movie-making / drama classes. 
  • DreamWorks bingo.
  • V.I.P tuckshop session. 
  • Monster treasure hunt. 
  • DreamWorks show night. 
  • Monsters vs. Aliens auction. 

How much does it cost for a trip into outer space? 

Book now for a trip to Mars. 

Pirates of the Caribbean week: 14 - 21 December 2018 

Sugar Bay will be turning into a dead sea as Jack Sparrow takes a trip down to the Bay. Who's ready for a week filled with mystery and a treasure hunt to the Black Pearl?


  • Noodle sword fights.
  • Boat cruise excursion.
  • Each section will have a weekly game based on the different movies.
  • Zinkwazi quest for the fountain of chocolate.
  • All camp treasure hunt. 

How much does it cost for a Caribbean adventure? 

Book your spot in the voyage. 

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If you have any questions about our sleepover camps, please contact us via our website, call (032) 485 3778 or email