By Thys Basson
SAHETI School in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Gauteng, has selected Sugar Bay on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast as the preferred option for the Grade 6 leadership camp for several years.
The Sugar Bay experience is an integral part of our “Education Beyond the Classroom” programme and provides opportunities for the children to develop leadership skills. It is an ideal place to promote character development and deepen friendships.
Multiple water activities
After a friendly welcome, which included tea and muffins, the learners were divided into groups and taken to their spacious wooden cabins, situated under a canopy of large trees. Within their groups, and assigned to counsellors, they felt confident to start exploring and enjoying the various activities.
There was something for every learner. Among the favourites were, of course, the water activities in the sea and lagoon: canoeing, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddling and beach volleyball, to name but a few. The children were completely safe at all times, and their Sugar Bay rash vests protected them against the sun during the many outdoor activities. A new attraction this year was the series of waterslides adjacent to the tuckshop, which proved extremely popular.
Rock climbing and party nights
The land activities were challenging and took the learners out of their comfort zones. Rock climbing and crate climbing tested their coordination and skills. All the equipment was top-notch and in good working order. Every night after supper, themed entertainment was provided, including theatre, games and the much-anticipated “party night”.
The food was scrumptious and the counsellors were firm but fair. Second helpings were allowed after a visit to the salad table. Three balanced meals were provided, with a pudding treat in the evenings. The chef prepared special food if it was required and religious diets were accommodated.
Sugar Bay a firm favourite
Among the group was a new learner from overseas, who had joined SAHETI the previous week and hardly knew anyone. After the week spent at Sugar Bay, he came back as part of the group, having made good friends. Our teachers report that the pupils cry twice during this trip: when saying goodbye to their parents, and again when they need to return home!