Wednesday, 4 December 2019

How to Survive Your Child’s First Sleepover Camp

You will find many online tips to help children manage homesickness, but parents often experience separation anxiety as much as their kids.

You may have already imagined your child’s first sleepover camp, and everything you could get done. A week or two without your child may sound like a dream come true. However, when you finally get the solitude you have been craving, the house seems dreadfully empty and too quiet.

You may find that the only thing refreshing in their absence is the camp’s website, as you frantically search for the latest photo of your child. That looks like my baby’s knee in the background. Does her knee look happy? Is that a new graze or an old scab? Does her knee miss me? You may continuously read a ten-word letter from your child, over-analysing every word. The good news is that it gets easier every time they go to camp.

Here are 4 ways to overcome the void when your child is away from home:

1. Use this time productively.

See it as an opportunity to give more attention to the people or tasks you have been neglecting. Go on a date with your significant other. Spend quality time with your younger children. Finish that DIY project you’ve been postponing.

2. Trust the camp you chose.

Research the best holiday camp for your child. Read reviews and articles, like this one. Once you have made an informed decision, rest assured that they will do their best to ensure your child’s safety and happiness.

3. Focus on the benefits.

Remind yourself of how valuable this experience will be for your child. They will make new friends and learn how to become their own person. If you choose a tech-free camp, your child will have a break from social media, which will do wonders for their communication skills and creativity.

4. Keep in touch.

Fight off the urge to ask to speak to your child. Most children will feel homesick if they hear their parent’s voice. Write emails to your child. Ask them questions about the camp, the food they’ve eaten, the activities they’ve enjoyed and about the new friends they’ve made. For their sake, don’t say anything negative. This includes telling them how much you miss them, or asking if they miss you. Remember that your child is likely to be very busy having fun. Don’t feel disheartened if you receive no response, or if their response is very brief. If you are still worried, you can call the camp and ask them how your child is doing.

You pay a lot of money for your child to go to a sleepover camp - try to enjoy the time alone while it lasts. Before you know it, your child will be back at home with a bag full of dirty laundry, complaining about missing the camp food and pestering you with every detail about the camp for days on end. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Upcoming December Camps

Our last three holiday camps of 2019 are almost fully booked. The nostalgic themes guarantee tons of good old-fashioned fun for our campers. If you want your child to have an incredible experience that they will never forget, call us now to reserve a spot.

We’re going back to the early 2000s, when MTV (Music Television) lived up to its name and played music videos. Campers will have a chance to get in tune with their musical creativity by directing their own music videos, which will be filmed and edited by Sugar Bay’s Videographer.

  • Laser Tag Excursion
  • Gala Dinner
  • Music Video Premier Night

We’ll be going even further back in time by commemorating classic comic book characters like Asterix and Obelix. We will also be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the launch date of Popeye the Sailor Man, which falls on the Thursday of this camp. Campers will be able to create their own comic books; we may even discover the next Stan Lee!

  • Comic Book Design
  • Camp Olympics
  • Camp Out

In the new year, the 20s will officially start again. What better way to bring in this New Year than with all the glitz and the glamour of the 1920s? Don’t forget to pack bowties and pinstripe suites.

  • Excursion to 22 Jump Street
  • The enchantment of the 1920s
  • New Years Party!

For prices, click here. If you have any questions about our holiday camps, please call us on 032 485 3778 or send an email to

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Special Effects Classes at Sugar Bay: How to create a severed finger

Want to have a more realistic trick or treat this Halloween? Or do you dream of working on a blockbuster film creating believable cuts and burns? At Sugar Bay we run weekly prosthetics classes where we see vampire bites, severed fingers and slit throats come to life

Here's a step by step to create the perfect scare with a severed finger!

What you will need: 

  • Skin tone make-up 
  • Piece of soft bubblegum 
  • Blue, red and black make-up 
  • Butter knife 

Step 1: 

Roll bubblegum and apply right in the middle on the second joint of your finger. Spread out and smooth out to make a clean edge. 

Step 2: 

Put some make-up (according to your skin tone) on the bubblegum and all over the finger to make it realistic. 

Step 3: 

Now make a cut in the bubblegum with a butter knife. Apply the blue, red, and black make-up to add a more dramatic effect and 

Who's ready to scare mom and dad when they come from work this afternoon? 

What other special effects can you do on your body? Tell us by leaving a comment below! Follow us on our Sugar Bay Pinterest channel and have a look at our Camp Crafts Board for more arts and crafts we create at camp! 

Upcoming August Camps

As we say goodbye to frostbites and Mr sniffles, we'll be putting the spring back in your step these upcoming holidays! With the first half of the year done and dusted, we're diving right into summertime fun. We have four magnificent themed holiday camps and with a discount of R2000 on each camp, Sugar Bay is the place to be these August holidays. Are you ready for an epic adventure?

Grease Week: 11 - 18 August 2019 

Get your dancing shoes on as we're heading into the 70's for a week of singalong and boogie! Come join Sandy and Danny as they turn Sugar Bay into a musical paradise!


  • Lipsync battle. 
  • Grease dancing classes. 
  • Slumber party (girls).
  • Mechanics-themed camp out (boys). 
  • Prom-themed party night.



X Games week: 18 - 25 August 2019 

Where are all our adrenaline junkies? From skating to BMX, it's about to get extreme at Sugar Bay on our X-Games week!


  • Advanced level classes (skating, BMX, rollerblading, sandboarding).
  • Personal achievement awards for everyone who meets their goals.
  • Free week at sugar bay for the camper with the most PAA's (personal achievement awards). 
  • X-games finale showdown.



Coachella week: 25 August - 1 September 2019 

Music, fashion, the arts - what more can we say, Sugar Bay will be transformed into the biggest music fest! Join us for a week of music and culture on our Coachella week.


  • Boho music festival. 
  • Open mic performances. 
  • Different music stages every night.
  • Colour fest. 


Carnival Birthday week: 1 - 7 September 2019 

It's our birthday and you know we always go big or go home! Come join us as we celebrate our 18th birthday carnival style. 


  • Different themes for each carnival night.
  • uShaka Marine excursion. 
  • Celebratory cupcakes every day. 
  • American carnival-themed skits and stunts. 



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

3 basic fire-spinning moves for beginners.

Fire spirals, spitting dragons, and rhythmic dancing - no wonder the art of fire-spinning has spread like wildfire at the Bay.

The Sugar Bay fire-show tradition first saw light when Bear, aka Elan Stark, and Hoova, aka Baden Dowie, two of our very first counselors, started showing the kids a few cool poi tricks when Sugar Bay opened in 2001.

Poi is the physical objects used by the dancers and the choreography itself of fire-spinning. Poi originates from the Maori people and is still being practiced today.

In our previous post, we teach you how to make poi in 5 easy steps, the history of poi and the different Maori traditions poi is used for.

Before you start spinning with fire, you use poi to practice your routine. We have 3 basic moves to get you started on your fire-spinning journey.


  • Hold your arms at a 90° angle with your palms facing up 
  • Spin poi in mini circles while seperating your arms and come back in. 


  • Start with the butterfly 
  • Bring in your right arm towards your chest and rotate with the left. 
  • Repeat. 


  • Hold your arms in a 90° angle with your palms facing each other
  • Use your wrists to make small circular motions. 

And there you have it! You'll be on your way to becoming the next great fire spinner.

Do you know any other moves we can add to the list for beginners? Tell us 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. 

Friday, 14 June 2019

Why Kids Need Camp Now More Than Ever

We hear it all the time - "This generation has lost all hope". They can't communicate, veg in front of the T.V and they're quite the self-centered bunch. The question we should be asking is: how are we enabling them and how are we going to help our kids find another route in living their lives?

Stop what you're doing and take a look around, whether you're at home, the supermarket or a park, you will find one constant - a tech device.

While technology plays a part in millennials heading to zombie land, kids are missing simple essentials in their daily lives to living a full life.

Kids need an environment away from their over-caring parents, tech devices and hectic schedules; an environment that allows room for interaction, enjoying the great outdoors and self-reliance.

Traditional summer camp: outdoor, hot, sweaty, buggy, muddy; sounds about right. This is the antidote for the societal black hole children dig for themselves, day in day out. Simply put - camp is like a vitamin supplement of the vital things children are missing for healthy, organic childhoods.

Camp is also a place where kind and caring people (other than yourself, the parent) can influence the moral compass of your children; by using intergrity, self-regulation and independence. This is why kids need camp now more than ever. Camp offers kids a 7-day experience they will never forget. They'll have the space and freedom to be their authentic self and all digital and social pressures lifted off them. 

In one holiday camp, concrete memories are made and life-long skills are acquired. Time spent outside in the fresh air with genuine friends will open up a different world and teaches children to appreciate the outdoors and the joy of unplugging. 

At Sugar Bay, we want our campers to leave with a magical utopia - the confidence to be their authentic selves, a sense of adventure and always spreading kindness. 

What difference did you see in your child when they got home from camp? Tell us your story by leaving a comment below!  Alternatively, you can share your teens experience of Sugar Bay by writing a review, or posting on our Facebook page and we'll share your story.  

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Upcoming June/July camps

For our June holidays, we’ll be globetrotting on our Amazing Race week, heading to an island filled with musical mania for Mamma Mia and ending off the holiday season on a high note as we race through the Mushroom Kingdom on our Mario Kart week! With these incredible themes and a discount of R2000 on each camp, Sugar Bay is the best way to spend your winter holidays.

The Amazing Race Week 

Who's ready for a trip around the world? Get your running shoes and backpacks ready for a worldwide adventure at the Bay!


  • Amazing Race treasure hunt 
  • Camp out 
  • Amazing (funny) Race 
  • Country Carnival 
  • Foreign auction 



Mammia Mia  

We'll be heading to the Greek Islands and exploring a timeless musical act. Where are our Abba fans? 


  • Talent show  
  • Mamma Mia skits and stunts 
  • Karaoke night 
  • Grecian themed party night
  • Ushaka excursion 



Mario Kart 

Join Mario and his brothers as we go into a racing mania! Who's going to reign King of the Mushroom Kingdom? Get ready, set, go! 


  • Go-karting excursion
  • Campers vs Counselors races throughout the week 
  • Ultimate all-camp race 
  • Mario Kart quiz night 



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, 5 April 2019

Keeping Up with Nifty Natalija

In 2015, we saw Natalija walk through our gates on our Thailand week, and as we celebrate her 20th camp anniversary, she shares her journey at Sugar Bay and how camp has become her second home.

"I always felt like a little bit of an outcast at school, but when I came to camp I just blended in; I was welcomed by the warmest and kindest counselors that I still hold close to my heart to this day.

With Walnut being one of the counselors that helped her push through her insecurities, Natalijila dreams of being a counselor so she can help other kids come out of their shell.

"I already have a counselor name! That's how serious I am. In 2 years I will be doing my C.I.T course and I'm pretty excited about it."

Quick Q&A 

1. What has been your favourite themed holiday camp and why? 

"Definitely Thailand week! It was the start of me finding my voice. I found a place where I could be myself fully." 

2. If you could travel anywhere in the in the world where would it be and why? 

"This is going to sound a little cliche, but it would have to be Hawaii. I mean who wouldn't want to go there? The beaches are so gorgeous." 

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

"I'm into science. I won first place in a science fair, and I went on to compete nationally where I got a silver medal. My experiment was on how fruit juices and soft drinks affect your teeth. I think I changed a lot of perceptions on fruit juices and soft drinks. Hahahahahaha." 

4. What's your favourite party-starter song for the weekend? 

Believe it or not, I am into Abba. So Dancing Queen by Abba. Mama Mia put me on! 

If your teen also 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

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Upcoming March / April camps

With a discount of R3000, don’t miss out on our blockbuster themed March / April holiday camps. Got two left feet? Don’t sweat it, with Ariel’s’shimmy, we’ll have you ready for a night out where fries and milkshakes fill your tummy and musical acts are the order of the day! If you think that’s the only trick we have up our sleeve, think again! We’ve got Genie dropping in, diverging realities; where we’ll be flying on carpets and making wishes come true! Who knows, we might end up travelling through time to a world of robots and flying cars.

Footloose Week: 24 - 31 March 2019

Get your dancing shoes on because Sugar Bay will be going back in time and turning into a music and dance showdown!


  • Footloose fashion show 
  • Rock music classes 
  • Gumboot dance classes 
  • Dancing with the stars competition 
  • Themed flashmobs 



Aladdin Week: 14 -21 April 2019

We're going to be dancing on a magic carpet and making wishes come true with Abu! Join us as we enter a mystic wonderland. 


  • Magic classes 
  • Morocan themed carnival night 
  • Aladdin skits and stunts 
  • Genie in the bottle themed Fear Factor 



Fries and Milkshake week: 21 -28 April 2019

Who's ready for a week of food mish-mash and a whole lot of crazy? Fries and Milkshake anyone?


  • Senior food fights 
  • Fear Factor night
  • Little Chefs competition 
  • Beach bonfire  



Like us on our official Sugar Bay Facebook Page and stay updated on what's happening at the Bay. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

3 brisk activities that you and your child can enjoy together

"Come have some tea with Miss Bubbles and me" - said by your 7-year-old, as they pull you in to sit on a miniature chair. It's 9:30PM, you're bushed and you're about to have tea with a teddy bear and the Queen of England herself.

Spending uninterrupted time with your child has its infinite benefits and rewards, so what happens when you're swallowed by your work and life responsibilities that quality time with the Queen of England is unintentionally put on the back burner?

Let's face it - life is busy, finding moments in your life to spend intentional quality time with your child is definitely a hard task as a working parent. And if not having enough time wasn't hindrance enough, you have to find something that you'd both like to do. Doubling the guilt for our poor parents.

Creating childhood memories, formulating the idea of love with your child and getting to know each other a little better, are only a few of the amazing benefits of quality time with your offspring.

Don't despair, at Sugar Bay we have over 100 free-choice activities and we have given you 3 of our best time- effective activities that both you and your child can enjoy.

Adventure / Explore 

Our campers go on adventures on the beach and around camp, where they're always discovering and learning something new about the environment around them. The beauty in this activity lies in how it's physically active and educational simultaneously. Whether you're going on an adventure in your back yard or looking for things to recycle around your neighbourhood, you'll always find out something new about each other and maybe lose half a kilo in the same breath.

Splatter painting

In our arts and crafts classes, campers discover that something can always be made out of nothing. All you need is a blank wall or a large piece of white cloth. This is where you let loose! You both get to get as dirty as possible and laugh at how you became Picassos' overnight. This activity allows your child to see your free-spirit, fun side; a side that shows that you're not only their parent, but you can also be their friend. Who knows: you could create the 21st century Mona Lisa.

Skits and Stunts 

Lights, camera, action! Costumes, mom acting silly, dad mimicking mom after taking a dose of helium and a whole lot of laughter; this is the memory that can be created with your child with this activity. Skits and stunts allow your child to build their self-esteem and gives them the confidence to be themselves in the world.

What activity will you be trying out first?

Tell us what which activity you'll be trying out first by leaving a comment below! Visit our Parenting Board on our Pinterest channel for more camp-inspired activities to do with your child. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Screen addiction: Parenting in the age of a digital era

No other topic could create a catastrophe of opinions, judgements, beliefs and arguments as parenting. Add technology in the mix and you've created world war 3.

According to a survey conducted by internet security company AVG in the US, 92% of children have an online presence by the time they are 2 years old. These days children learn to swipe a screen before they are able to hold crayons. The digital revolution of the past 2 decades has induced a moral panic in parenting.

When a child goes on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, parents have certain unanswered questions such as:
  • Are our kids aware of the privacy settings on social networking sites? Do they adhere to them?
  • What kind of online games are our kids playing? Are they playing the right ones or ones that are not suitable for their age/ taste/ social-cultural backgrounds?
  • How much digital engagement is enough and how much is too much?

Though a child's online presence allows young people access to invaluable resources and learning opportunities, it also brings about parenting challenges such as cyberbullying and filtering age-appropriate content. Parents play a vital role in teaching the children practice of “netiquette” outside of the classroom, all these require that the parent themselves be digitally literate.

A digitally illiterate parent poses a risk to the privacy and safety of children. A tech naive parent may in a moment of some parental pride, post content(pictures, videos, information) of their child exposing them to the bad world of cybercrime. So we often ask ourselves which of these 2 parents is the perfect parent?

Is there such a thing as correct parenting? Especially in this technologically advanced era we live in? And how much technology is too much technology? What happened to the good old days when kids played outside instead of staring into their phones and the television during their school holidays?

Being a parent is hard and raising children in a digital era is even harder. Gone are the days of kids just being kids, playing hopscotch in the backyard, catching a ball in the garden or planning how they are going to build that tree house. These days playing involves Fifa and a ps4 or perhaps and X Box or candy crush. What happened to good old fashion childhood games our parents used to play?

At Sugar Bay we encourage children to hold on to their childhood as much as possible, kids get to be outdoors the whole day engaging in activities such as kayaking, bmxing, rock climbing or they can choose to spend a relaxing day beading or baking amongst other things. These activities encourage kids to show their creative side, help them discover their hidden talents and passion and leaving a small room to be thinking about their phones.

Like our saying goes: "What we learn in fun we never forget". Sugar Bay is much more than a luxury holiday resort. Sugar Bay ensures the personal development and growth of a child, increase self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.

Allowing campers to pick and choose from over 100 activities allows them to make decisions for themselves which encourages independence.

We understand the constant need kids have of always being on their phone, but which parent wouldn't want their child to enjoy being a child and being outdoors in the garden like they did in their good old days.

Tell us how you parent in the age of a digital era by leaving a comment below! Keep up to date with all camp activities on our Facebook and Instagram page.