Students from the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) gave lectures and demonstrations on basic outdoor training to participants at the Duke of Edinburgh Training Camp. The event was part of the Expedition Instructor Training Course, which the HKIEd students were taking to fulfil their Hong Kong Award for Young People (HKAYP) Expeditions Section requirements. The camp participants were members of the HKYAP scheme, formerly known as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. Canto-pop singer Eason Chan Yick-shun and Commercial Radio DJ Inti also joined in the fun. Activities included tent-building, outdoor cooking and compass and map reading. HKAYP chief executive officer Lai Pui-wing said the award scheme aimed to 'provide an opportunity for young people to face challenges, discover their hidden abilities and gain a sense of satisfaction by overcoming the challenges'. The scheme is divided into three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold. Members are required to take part in five sections - Service, Skills, Expeditions, Physical Recreation and Residential Projects. Badges and certificates are awarded to members who reach the required standards. 'Activities in the five sections enable young people to achieve balanced development, understand society, strengthen their will and bodies, and acquire interpersonal skills,' Mr Lai said. Tang Kit-ling, 23, a Silver Award holder from the HKIEd, has been a member of the scheme for two years. Ms Tang said activities organised by the HKAYP were challenging and helped her build up confidence. Youths aged between 14 and 25 can join the scheme through more than 400 operating units, including secondary schools, tertiary institutes, government departments, uniformed groups and youth centres. HKAYP instructor Fong Wing- kwai said the activities aimed to help youths discover their strengths. 'We became tougher after taking part in the scheme,' said Emily Kwok Shuk-man, a Form Four student at Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School. She said she had learned to take care of herself and had become much more independent. Another member, Mandy Chu Man-ting, said: 'It's a lot of fun! And we have made many new friends.' HKYAP will be the beneficiary of this month's McCharity Day, McDonald's fund-raising programme.