What is RYLA?
RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award. A RYLA participant is selected by his or her local Rotary Club to attend a camp designed to build character, leadership, personal development and good citizenship. The “Award” part of RYLA is the actual scholarship the Rotary Club provides so that a participant may attend camp free of charge. Past participants have had life-changing experiences by attending RYLA Camp, and YOU could be one of these people.
What others have said about their RYLA experience...
In RYLA, we give these kids a chance not only to learn about leadership skills but to practice leadership skills. It’s going to benefit them down the line, and it’s going to benefit our communities. So I think RYLA is probably one of the most important programs that Rotary International has.
RYLA really teaches kids about themselves and how to become tomorrow’s next leaders. It really shows them what it takes to be a leader and it shows them the correct skills with which to be an effective leader. It’s also a lot of fun, promotes team building and it is a great exercise for all the kids that come here.
I would definitely recommend RYLA camp to others because it shows who other people are and what your strengths are. You also get to work with a team and you build trust with each other, with people that you don’t know for that long. You really bond with new people and you learn so much about rotary.
I think I’ve changed a lot since coming to RYLA camp. I’ve definitely grown as a person because before I came here I only knew a few people, and over the last couple days, I’ve made connections with these people. We’ve learned to lean on each other and trust each other and communicate. By the end of it, we’ve made connections, we’ve made friendship that will last a long time and that have made me a better person.
What RYLA has taught me about teamwork is that with a team you need a leader and it’s also vice versa, you can’t have a leader without a team. And when you’re the leader you need to give commands to your team and your team has to also accept those commands.
Communication is very important because if you’re on a team and there’s leaders and you all have to be on the same page. If you’re not on the same page, then everything’s just going to fall apart and nothing’s going to work. It’s definitely a vital key in a team.
RYLA has definitely taught me a lot about having to branch outside of my comfort zone and learning to put my all into everything we do because it all ends up benefiting our team in the end.
RYLA is an amazing leadership camp that everyone should take into consideration. I went into camp knowing very little few people and not knowing what I was getting myself into. In the end, I met amazing new friends, learned new and exciting ways to be a better leader, and I’ve learned to get out of my comfort zone and take chances. I would recommend you take that leap of faith and join the fun
At RYLA, I was able to learn more about myself than I had ever imagined. When I first arrived at the camp I didn’t know if I was a leader, but by the end of the week I knew that I was a leader. I have always been a leader but I never realized it until I attended RYLA. RYLA also gave me the opportunity to meet new people from almost all over the state. They all touched my heart in one way or another and I hope that I have touched theirs.
Plan to attend Great Plains RYLA
SAVE the DATES July 9-13, 2023 | Maranatha Camp
Hosted by Rotary Districts 5630 & 5610
Applications will be accepted beginning February 1 through March 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM.