Fun all summer
A variety of educational programmes is on offer during the summer holidays to enable children to develop their leadership skills - and have a great time doing it.
ESF Educational Services (www.esf.org.hk) offers summer sports programmes for children designed to enhance physical abilities, social development and self-confidence.
The Young Children's Camp (ages three to four) aims to improve children's skills of co-ordination, control and movement, as well as a range of other elementary skills. Trampolining, gymnastics and martial arts will also be on offer.
The Junior Sports Camps (ages five to six and seven to 10) expose children to a range of different sports so they can explore their individual talents and improve their physical and cognitive abilities. It aims to encourage social and emotional development, foster leadership skills through effective teamwork and help children overcome personal challenges.
All courses will be run on a weekly basis and cost HK$2,500 to HK$3,000, depending on location. A 10 per cent discount is available on payments made by June 13.
The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (www.hkrugby.com) is holding a children's summer programme, starting on July 7, at various locations around Hong Kong. The aim is to introduce the sport of rugby to children with limited or no previous experience. Children will learn the basic theories behind the game as well as teamwork skills, and take part in fitness training activities.
Two courses are being offered, Mini-Rugby (ages four to 11), which is non-contact, and Youth Rugby (ages 12 to 17), with a full rugby format including contact.
Twice-weekly training sessions run for 90 minutes, and all participants will be put in teams to play in a competition at the end of the programme. The cost is HK$300.
Dragonfly Outdoor Adventure-Based Learning (www.dragonfly-outdoors.com) offers a number of summer programmes in Hong Kong, Malaysia and mainland China. The Hong Kong programme, based at a deserted Hakka village in Sai Kung, includes challenge-based activities such as kayaking, abseiling, Great Race orienteering, and photography.
Programmes have been designed for children aged eight to 13 and 13 to 18, and run for five days. The cost is HK$3,700, including all transport, meals and drinks, accommodation, activities, instruction, safety equipment, T-shirts, and insurance.
Meanwhile, Treasure Island (www.treasureislandhk.com) is running an outdoor adventure programme at Pui O Beach, on Lantau. Aimed at experienced outdoor adventurers, it will be run by professional instructors from New Zealand.
The programme includes abseiling, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, camping, a waterfall jump, and leadership skills tuition.