Camping out in leadership style
LEADERSHIP was the quality that brought together a select group of 54 students, all from Form Four, to attend a special camp designed by the Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders.
The leadership training camp, held at the Lei Yue Mun Holiday Village early this month, was attended by students from around the territory.
The 1994 Hong Kong Youth Leadership Seminar was the union's major activity to identify and cultivate leadership potential in secondary students.
The event, covering four days and three nights, was also an excellent opportunity for the participants to meet and share common interests, and also gain exposure to new ideas and creative thinking. A similar seminar was held last year.
Two boys and two girls would be chosen according to their performance at the camp and also at a social service project held a few months ago, said Barbara Yu Fa, chairperson of the Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders.
The four selected students will represent Hong Kong at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation World Leadership Congress, to be held in the United States this summer.
The camp participants enjoyed a host of programmes, ranging from inter-personal skills to culture and politics.
Topics in the educational seminars included ''How to Win Friends and Influence People'', ''Analytical and Thinking Skills'', ''Party Politics and Elections'' and ''The Impact of Hong Kong Culture on Hong Kong Youths''.
In addition, the campers took part in English and Chinese debates to improve their skills in logical thinking and public speaking.
A variety of games provided entertainment and helped bring the students together as a close-knit group.
Sunnie Kwong Chi-yeung of Kowloon Wah Yan College, said he joined the leadership seminar to ''learn how to get along with others''.
''I am excited to be part of this meaningful event,'' the 16-year-old said.
''I liked all the programmes, especially the second seminar on analytical and thinking skills, and also the one on Hong Kong culture.'' Chi-yeung believed the camp experience had taught him a lot about caring for and working with people.
Johnson Ho Yiu-shun, also of Kowloon Wah Yan College, said he was happy and honoured to be one of the two students picked from his school to attend the camp.
''I've learnt a lot of things about leadership and friendship, which you cannot get from textbooks,'' said the 15-year-old, who described himself as a ''very straightforward'' type.
He said he had many friends, but felt his direct, ''no nonsense'' manner could also be a disadvantage, and that it had alienated people. He hoped the speaking skills he had picked up at the camp would help him develop a more ''appealing'' personality.
''This has been a golden opportunity to learn from others, to train my thinking ability, and to widen my knowledge of current affairs.''