RYLA in District 5330 is the largest overnight RYLA in the Rotary world. With over 900 kids broken out over three weekends, we serve a two-county area in southern California made up of parts of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Below are some quick facts:
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 61 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.
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 900 High School Juniors selected from all public and private high schools within District 5330 will attend, along with 90 Rotarians and additional camp staff.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION?
High School Juniors are selected on the basis of leadership potential, personal values, intelligence, and potential for future success.
HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED?
The selection process may vary, but each school is asked to nominate outstanding juniors. The sponsoring Rotary club appoints a screening committee to make the final selections.
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.