Camp Adventure™ Youth Services in Hong Kong: Toward an integrated model of leisure, health, physical activity, sport and generic skills in education

Christopher R. EDGINTON, Winnie Wing-Sze WONG, Ming-Kai CHIN, Chi Ching CHOW, Mei-Sin TANG

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Abstract

The Camp Adventure™ Youth Services program is a national award-winning model which provides a full range of innovative and dynamic age-appropriate leisure activities. The purpose of this study is to examine basic understanding of how Camp Adventure™ Youth Services uses an integrative cultural model joining leisure, health, physical activities, sport and generic skills in education. This study focuses specifically on applying these areas in Hong Kong primary school settings. A total of 112 Chinese children aged 8-12 year-old from Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School in Hong Kong, who completed the four and half days residential camp program, served as subjects for this study. The evaluation survey given to the participants used a Likert-type-5-points scale ranging from 1 (strong disagree) to 5 (strongly agree). The participants were asked their opinions on the linkage of a number of generic skills with various camp activities; as well as their understanding of the culture of the United States of America following their participation in the program. The generic skills domain mean score (±SD) and the mean (±SD) for the understanding of the culture of United States of America were 4.14 ± 0.60 and 4.14 ± 0.80, respectively. Participants tend to agree that they improve their generic skills and have a better understanding of the culture of the United States of America after participating the program. Participants were also asked in an open question format to identify the variables in the various learning areas that participants perceived as the most important. Variable responses are categorized into four groups: 1) sports (e.g. America football, baseball), 2) physical activity (e.g. games), 3) English Language learning, and 4) generic skills (e.g. time management, collaboration skill, creativity, self management, and independence). Physical activity was the most cited learning areas among the four categories. The implications for Camp Adventure™Youth Services and Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School in the Hong Kong Education Reform and an integrated model of leisure, health, physical activity, sport and generic skills in education are then discussed. Copyright © 2007 Hong Kong Baptist University.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-36
JournalJournal of Physical Education & Recreation (Hong Kong)
Volume13
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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primary school
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baptism
learning
time management
English language
creativity
reform
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evaluation
management
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Citation

Edginton, C. R., Wong, W. W.-S., Chin, M.-K., Chow, G. C.-C., & Tang, M.-S. (2007). Camp Adventure™ Youth Services in Hong Kong: Toward an integrated model of leisure, health, physical activity, sport and generic skills in education. Journal of Physical Education & Recreation (Hong Kong), 13(2), 21-36.

Keywords

  • Camp
  • Leisure
  • Health
  • Physical activity
  • Sport
  • Generic skills
  • Globalization
  • English language education