Youth military summer camp benefits HK’s future: Stephen Chow
Hong Kong would have a better future if more young people took part in the summer camp organized by the People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, world-renowned comedian and director Stephen Chow Sing-chi said.
“I would like to thank those (young people) for spending their summer in the camp as the training in the camp is painstaking. It is rare that they are willing to spend time to experience hardship in the camp rather than playing around,” Chow said in an exclusive interview with China Daily.
The Military Summer Camp for Hong Kong Youth opened at the San Wai Barracks on July 16. This year about 500 students from 126 high schools in Hong Kong joined the camp.
More than 3,200 teenagers from Hong Kong have joined the annual summer camp, which began in 2005.
During the two-week camp participants receive training which they could not pick up elsewhere, including physical training, formation drill, basic combat readiness training and map reading.
On a visit to the garrison, his third, Chow had a close talk with the students.
He said the PLA Hong Kong Garrison comprises highly disciplined and powerful troops, committed to protecting the people and the country.
He hoped more and more Hong Kong students can join the camp to exercise their bodies and train themselves in self-discipline.
In one and a half hours’ candid sharing with the young people, Chow encouraged the youth to realize their dreams despite difficulties.
Student Cheung Ping, 18, told Chow that the camp training, such as military posture and boxing training, made him experience the kind of perseverance soldiers acquired.
Cheung, who is proud of hav- ing the opportunity to be trained in the camp, said he can feel the power of unity when he marched toward the national flag podium as a team.
Cheung said he would like to join the army and safeguard the country in future. Chow encouraged Cheung to pursue his dream and grow into a real man.
Cheng Yuen-yee, 15, said the camp changed her views of soldiers. She previously thought soldiers were serious all the time, living a monotonous life. Coming to the camp, she found that the leisure life of soldiers was as colorful as normal people’s.
Comedian and director Stephen Chow Sing-chi and a young trainee create a heart as they pose along with the other trainees at the Military Summer Camp for Hong Kong Youth at the San Wai Barracks.