RYLA Staff Applications

Andrew Koehlmoos

Gender – Male

Position(s) Applying For – Junior Counselor (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper), Photographer (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper)

Year Participated in RYLA – 2021

Times You’ve Served as Junior Counselor – 0

Home Phone – 402.340.6777

Work Phone – [695]

Cell Phone – [683]

College Phone –

E-mail – drewkoehlmoos@gmail.com

City, State – O’Neill, NE

School City, State – ,

Why do you want serve in the positions you’ve selected?

I want to serve in the positions that I have selected since I want to help the next group of RYLA participants grow out of their shell just like my Junior Counselor did. My Junior Counselor showed me how to be myself and how to be a better leader than I ever could imagine. I want to help the next group of RYLA participants do this as well, and show that being a leader, taking charge, and being yourself is okay. I want to show the next group of RYLA members that though you maybe going through a rough time, or you don’t think that anyone is there for you. That there is other people going through what you are going through, and that there is people for you to talk to. I think wanna help show that you can also get out of those hard times too.

How has your experience as RYLA participante impacted you?

My experience at RYLA impacted my, in my eyes at least, hugely. At that time in my life I was trying to get through a rough time, and RYLA not only was a break from the hard times, but showed me that I can conquer those hard times. My Junior Counselor as well as the other Counselors helped me realized that as a leader I don’t have to pretend to be someone else. I can be myself when I am being a leader, and after RYLA I did that, I believe that since RYLA my leadership skills have grown hugely because of this. I became a leader on the football field and wrestling mat; I utilized the skills from RYLA to help teach my younger shooters in 4-H Shooting Sports. Also at RYLA I realized that not only one person goes through a hard time. When my aunt died, I felt that I was all alone and nobody realized what I was going through. When we had the “All Camp Activity” it showed me that I am not alone in my hardships, other people have their hardships too. During the activity everyone was sitting there crying, hugging, and just showing everyone so much support, and that really helped me blossom into the leader I became after RYLA.

How do you feel you can contribute and grow RYLA?

I feel that I can help contribute and grow Great Plains RYLA by bringing to the table my outgoing and friendly personality. I also like to help teach people how to be leaders, and the best ways was when I was shown the way to become a leader, not when I was just given the answer. When I help teach my older 4-H shooters, or wrestlers, even my own family, I do not give them answer but help point them to the answer. I think that with my own leadership skills from 4-H, 4-H Shooting Sports, School, and everything else I have learned from RYLA and my other events that I can help contribute and grow Great Plains RYLA.