Friday, 14 December 2018

Raising kids with 21st Century skills

Going to camp is more than just an adventure away from home. Camp is an investment in your child's character, personal growth, skill sets and future. In our time of rapid development of artificial intelligence and a booming digital world, it has become of utmost importance to teach and implement 21st-century skills in our children.

The outcome of putting 21st-century skills into practice results in key competencies that are preparation for workforce training programs, careers and socializing, just to name a few. With the development of critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical skills, our next generation is will be well equipped for the new age of flying cars.

When children come to Sugar Bay, we want them to leave with a greater sense of personal efficiency, a broader outlook on life and skills to succeed in the world.

Here are some of the 21st-century skills we practice at Sugar Bay.
  • Critical thinking 
  • Creativity 
  • Communication 
  • Social skills 
  • Flexibility 
  • Productivity 
  • Accountability 
With these skills, kids should be conditioned to constant learning and approach life as self-sufficient human being.

Let's take a look at the benefits of practising some of our 21st-century skills.

Relating to others 

Children need to grow into social beings. When they relate to others, they have the capacity to form and maintain relationships resulting in them building a foundation of how they function in society. It is a key component in being mentally healthy and having a positive sense of wellbeing. As the old adage goes: the quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life.


The world is capable of changing at a moment's notice, moreso in different careers and industries. Proving that flexibility is important as nothing is guaranteed. Children need to gradually learn how to manoeuvre through the change that will be constant throughout their lives. Or know how to react to it at the very least. With this skill, your child will have adaptive qualities they need to keep up in the ever-changing world.

Critical thinking

This skill empowers children to see different concepts in different light, leading to innovation and growth. From their academia to baking a birthaday cake, critical thinking is essential to improvement. It's the mechanism that weeds out problems and finds solutions, assisting kids to 'figure things out for themselves' without a teacher or parent.

What 21st-century skill is your child developing? Tell us by leaving a comment below! Visit our website to view our upcoming themed holiday camps. 

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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Feel The Beat: Drumming at Sugar Bay

Do you want an African drum beat master at your next party? Well our campers should be on your speed dial! Drumming has become a phenomenon at the Bay where we see our campers create extraordinary rhythm and beats with the djembe drum.

The djembe drum is said to have been invented in the 12th century by the Mandinke tribe in what is now Mali, West Africa. The djembe has a great cultural heritage in Africa and still has a weighty presence in African rituals.

The body of the drum is made from a single piece of tree trunk and topped with goatskin, providing the djembe with a piercing high-pitched tone. The Mandinke people believed that the Lenge trees held great spiritual importance while also lending its trunk to make the drum. It is said that the drum consists of three spirits: the spirit of the tree from which it was made, the spirit of the animal which covers the head and the spirit of the drum-maker.

The term djembe originates from the Bambara saying "Anke dje, anke be" which translates to "everyone gather in peace", creating a sacredness around the drum. Traditionally, the djembe was only played by men during ritual ceremonies like weddings, courtship, hunting, circumcision and passing into adulthood.

The drum has a very unique and distinctive design, which is fundamental to its versatile sound. There are 3 main sounds that can be played by the djembe, here are a few steps to get you started on playing.


Hit the center of the drum with your open hand. You want to bounce your whole hand against the skin to get that deep, low pitch. By bouncing your hand off the drum, the tones are left to resonate. The bass is the core of playing the drum. 


For a tone, you'll be using your fingers and the edge of the palm. Move your hand towards you until your knuckles are just off the edge of the drum. Your fingers should be over the drumhead. Strike the drumhead, slide your fingers off the head and follow with the edge of your palm striking the drum. Repeat. 


Slap sounds are played similarly to the tone. You put your hand on the edge of the drum, but instead of playing with a flat hand, you'll slightly curve your fingers. Contact between the drum and your hand should be the fingertips and the edge of the palm. The slap produces crack and a bright sound. The pocket of space under the palm gives it a hollow sound.

And there you have it, you're on your way to becoming an African beat master.

Tell us how you play your drum by leaving a comment below! We're always creating innovating and exciting specialized classes at the Bay. Follow our Pinterest channel for more art and camp crafts inspiration.