Youth Programs/ RYLA

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme

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What is RYLA?

RYLA is a Rotary International programme for young people which Easthampstead are proud to support. It offers young people a special opportunity to to take part in developing qualities of leadership, team working, initiative and problem solving at the start of their careers. Two days are spent team building followed by two days learning new skills, for example, orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing and slate mine exploration. These skills are applied in a 30 hour group exercise in locations around the Snowdonia National Park, including a night in the open. When they return,they join us on a club night to give a short presentation on their experiences and receive a certificate.

Where does it all happen?

The week long course takes place at Rhos-y-Gwaliau, a small hamlet near Lake Bala in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. One Rotarian works with each group to assist the staff instructor. Originally the village school, the Centre was adapted to become an outdoor educational base for Berkshire schools but is now privately owned and is the ideal site for this Rotary inspired course. The Centre is staffed by a small group of dedicated and talented course leaders, professionally qualified in the specialised field of outdoor leisure pursuits.