Youth mil­i­tary sum­mer camp ben­e­fits HK’s fu­ture: Stephen Chow

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By DARA WANG and CAR­RIE QIU in Hong Kong Con­tact the writ­ers at dara@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

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.

NORA ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

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.

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