Fun and lasting friendships await youngsters lucky enough to attend a summer camp this year. The YMCA of Hong Kong will take in about 2,000 young people aged five to 17 at its Adventure and Sports Skills camps in July and August. The camps will be held at various locations in the SAR. YMCA Camping and Community Programmes manager Manoj Moorjani said: 'Our camps seek to strengthen each child's self-confidence while developing their character, enabling them to bring out the very best in themselves.' He added that the theme for this year's camps was 'Our Home is Hong Kong - International City of the PRC'. 'We hope that this theme will allow us to explore and appreciate the richness of the diverse cultures and heritage of the people in our unique city as we participate together in exciting learning activities this summer,' he said. The adventure camps will feature excursion trips to a dairy farm, Po Lin monastery and other places of interest around Hong Kong. Students will also take part in a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, mass games, cookery and sports, which combine leadership and character development exercises. Mr Moorjani said ice hockey and gymnastics were new additions to the sports camps this year. And the Super Stars Basketball Camp would invite coaches from the United States to train the enthusiastic young players. 'Hong Kong is becoming more internationally diverse. 'Children these days are heavily influenced by American sports,' said Mr Moorjani. Other sports featured include badminton, tennis, ice-skating and volleyball. He also said campers would benefit from interaction with the bilingual counsellors. The YMCA-trained counsellors (around 150 of them) are Grade 11 to 12 international school students and overseas university students, who are keen to work with children and enjoy seeing them develop their confidence and abilities. The Adventure and Sports camps run from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday, except for two weekend overnight camps. The fee for each five-day camp is $1,500 for YMCA members and $1,600 for non-members, while the overnight camps cost members $700 and non-members $750. For enquiries, call the YMCA's Member Services Department on 2369 2211, extension 1744 or 1745. Registration began on April 20.