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What is RYLA?

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a three-day Leadership Conference. It is a reward for outstanding youth to further develop their leadership skills. Sponsored by the 63 Rotary Clubs in Distinct 5330 (San Bernardino & Riverside Counties), RYLA combines learning in a casual, relaxed atmosphere with social and fun time to provide a fast paced and memorable leadership experience.  The RYLA Conference includes a variety of topics. It is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and district leadership where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections with other students your age.


What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills

  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community

  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors

  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action

  • Have fun and form lasting friendships


What’s involved?

  • RYLA events are organized locally by Rotary clubs and districts for participants who are high school juniors that are rising seniors in September. RYLA is a retreat, that lasts for 3-day, 2-night adventure and includes icebreakers, interactive group activities, teambuilding, and leadership sessions covering a variety of current topics.

  • Your counselors are educators that are trained to hone in on a students leadership potential, help students develop creative problem-solving strategies, and learn ethical business practices through…

    • Communication skills

    • Problem solving and conflict management and resolution

    • Community and global citizenship

and so much more.

When and where is RYLA?

RYLA  will be held over two weekends at the Thousand Pines camp, Crestline, California. Students will report to a designated bus pickup location on the Friday of their weekend. They will return Sunday afternoon of their selected weekend. Exact details will be sent in a letter to all award winners.

How many will attend RYLA?

Approximately 600 High School Juniors selected from all public and private high schools within District 5330 will attend, along with 60 Rotarians and additional camp staff.

What type of activities are conducted at the conference?

The program features several outstanding leadership speakers, Friday through Sunday. These presentations are followed by small group discussions with trained adult discussion leaders. Recreation activities are scheduled throughout the weekend, including sports, games and a Saturday carnival. Excellent food and snacks are also provided.

How is the conference supervised?

The conference is supervised by an all-volunteer Rotarian staff, headed by a Rotarian Camp Director. The staff consists of 14 staff members, 70 Discussion Group Leaders, 30 Alumni students and a camp nurse. Each Discussion Group Leader is assigned to a group of 8 students for the entire weekend. Participants are housed in separate dormitories for the men and women.

What are the costs to the participants?

There is no direct cost to the participants. The sponsoring Rotary Clubs pay the fee for each camper that they send.


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