RYLA events are for young people aged 16 to 17 years, who are about to start their working lives or to enter higher education, and who have shown leadership potential and are likely, as adults, to become future leaders.  Students are put into mixed groups of complementary ability where they take part in outdoor activities.  They are placed in challenging situations to help develop leadership and team bonding skills
and to increase personal confidence.

Activities may include canoeing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling, hiking and camping overnight under canvas.  Students are closely supervised by specialist staff at all times. The students must be prepared for a range of tough physical and mental challenges, such as getting wet, problem solving and practical group leadership exercises where each student has the opportunity to develop key leadership skills.  Students also take part in a charity car wash to raise money for local causes.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 1

A Student’s View: “I am surprised at how much I have grown during the course. We worked as a team not a group.”

A Student’s View : “The experience of RYLA has truly been one of the most memorable and best things I have ever done in my life.  The staff are brilliant, the activities are very good, the food was great, but most importantly the people I met there are now true friends.”

Reigate Rotary Club is proud to have sponsored two young people from the Warwick School and one from the Royal Alexander and Albert School at this April’s RYLA course held for one week at High Ashurst Activity Centre, at Box Hill, Nr. Dorking.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2017