Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA)

What is RYLA?

District 5510's Rotary Youth Leadership Academy will be held on April 6th to April 9th (Thursday through Sunday.) The camp is held at the Salvation Army facility, Camp Ponderosa, in Heber Arizona.

That sounds awesome! When and where?

Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide.

High School students are selected for their leadership abilities and experiences. Rotary Clubs conduct individual interviews and select award winners (delegates) to attend the four-day event. The Rotary clubs pay all expenses for the delegates weekend.

Those attending will reinforce their leadership abilities & skills, utilize new methods, learn about their inner selves through a well-rounded exciting,stimulating and busy program. Activities vary from rock climbing and going down a zip line to exploring your own personality while meeting new friends of all ages and backgrounds.

Rotary Youth Exchange students from around the world are in each group to share their culture, background and knowledge. Rotarians and invited presenters coordinate the day and evening sessions. This is an interactive experiential program with challenges,sharing and increasing individual knowledge.

Our RYLA weekend will give each delegate to expand their leadership capabilities. It encourages leadership of youth by youth. Delegates exceed their expectations through increased self confidence and group support. Delegates are leaders and followers and gain knowledge of how to apply their skills in each area.

How do I go?

First, you need to find a Rotary club to sponsor you. The cost is $350/person, which is covered by a sponsoring club.  Second, once you have been accepted by a club, please fill out the delegate registration forms on the right side of this page, and upload them as a .docx or .pdf with the 'Add File' button on the right under 'delegate forms'. Please read all documents first, fill out registration and medical forms completely, make sure parents or guardians sign the documents.

This is a life changing event!  Do not miss out on it!  Apply now!

Delegate/Volunteer Forms

Upload Delegate Forms Here

Upload Adult Volunteer Forms Here

I've gone as a delegate. How do I apply to be a counselor?

Counselor applications are now open! Click the button to the right of this text to be brought to the application page. Remember: to be a counselor, you must be available on March 12th for a phone interview (sometime between 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), March 26th (all day, for counselor training) and Wednesday, April 5th to Sunday, April 9th for RYLA (counselors go up a day early.)

Apply to be a counselor here