AFTER FIERCE competition in online games designed to promote health awareness among young people, the top 100 scorers were given a chance to take part in the recent CLP Young Power Leadership Camp 2002. The event, held at Silvermine Bay Outdoor Recreational Camp on Lantau this summer, was part of CLP Power's 'Wellness' programme for youth. Two campers, Elaine Lau Yin-lan, 17, and Gloria Lam Wing-shan, 19, spoke about their new awareness of being healthy in the physical, emotional, mental, social and environmental senses. 'Hong Kong youngsters are very unhealthy. I am often ill myself. Youngsters don't exercise. They are lazy and eat a lot. That's why so many are becoming fatter,' says Wing-shan. Yin-lan adds: 'Instead of sports, they spend all their time playing computer games or at the arcade.' The camp was physically demanding, with morning runs on the beach, followed by breakfast, the meal most Hong Kong people skip. Activities included crossing rocky streams and the most memorable event - hiking up Fung Wong Shan, Hong Kong's second tallest mountain. Wing-shan says: 'I have a weak spine, so I dislike hiking. 'We began the hike at 2.30am, in the dark, and we weren't allowed torches. All 80 of us walked in a line up that steep hill. It was the most poignant activity for me because it was physically very demanding and I wouldn't have made it without everyone's encouraging words. 'A boy in front of me almost stumbled on a rock, and then yelled out 'Watch out everyone, there's a rock here!' That made me think, wow, everyone's so considerate and trusting. Afterwards, we were much closer as a group.' Camp helper Chermaine Luk Ka-yan, 22, says: 'Most Hong Kong children are quite self-centred. It could be because they are the only child in the family or because their education doesn't allow them to interact with others. But their social and leadership potential is there.' Yin-lan says: 'We were separated into teams of eight, and every day there were two different leaders. The challenges required everyone to come up with ideas. Then a leader combined the ideas to guide the group. Even if you weren't usually a strong contributor, as a leader you were forced to be. 'I have always been a shy person, but after the camp I have more confidence to speak up.' Wing-shan adds: 'I'm a very passive person, but one leader told us something that has inspired me to be enthusiastic. He said, 'I have had success and I have had failure, but I have never, ever quit'.'