What is RYLA? Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

RYLA students 2015Each year Rotary in South Africa organises various RYLA Camps for young people. This weekend is a time for personal growth and development and a whole lot of FUN for those who attend.

In 2017, we organised one in Parys on behalf of our Rotary District. Internationally acclaimed Annette Jahnel, the first woman to drive round the world, opened on the Thursday night with an inspirational video and talk: Energy, Environment, Economy, Evolution, Equality and Education. On Friday night, representatives from Youth forLions answered questions following a private screening of the full feature Blood Lions that sheds light on South African predator breeding, canned hunting and lion bone trade.

Other activities included swimming, hiking, leadership training, an educational game drive, finance management, orienteering, fly-fishing clinic, potjiekos competition and survival adventures.

The 2018 RYLA Camp is being organised by the Rotary Club of Ladybrand. It will be held from Thursday 1st March to Sunday 4th March 2018 at On Track Adventures, situated on a farm close to Hobhouse in the Free State.

2018 Cost: Charge from RC of Ladybrand R1200. This includes accommodation, all meals, a host of activities and guest speakers.

In addition, you are responsible for the transport arrangements and cost of transport to and from Hobhouse and pocket money. Please also note the list of things to bring, see below.

Once again, Rotary Club of Parys is donating scholarships to local learners with good references. If you have a potential young leader in mind whom you think would benefit from the experience but would otherwise be unable to go, please contact Renee on 071 448-4332.

Delegates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in Grade 10 or 11
  • Not have attended a RYLA camp previously

How to register.

Download and complete the 2018 application and other forms, pay by EFT and email forms directly to Len Cousins at RC of Ladybrand on megaworld@vodamail.co.za

Here is the application form. One to be completed for each student attending. RYLA Application Form

You will also need to complete an indemnity and medical information form for each student attending. RYLA Indemnity and Medical Information Form

How to pay: Cheques and EFT’S [No cash deposits please] should be made payable to Rotary club of Ladybrand and paid into the following account.

  • Bank:                          Standard Bank
  • Branch:                            Ladybrand 055633
  • Account No:                    04 203 1346

Reference: Please indicate the name of the student and RYLA 2018 on the deposit slip/EFT payment and email proof of payment to Len Cousins megaworld@vodamail.co.za

The list of things to bring is here. Please note this includes sleeping bag and pillow. RYLA What to bring

Contact information for further information or queries 

Either the Club Secretary on secretary.rotaryparys@gmail.com or Renee on 071 448 4332.




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