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 2015The Rotary Club of Parys has hosted a RYLA training camp for the last 3 years at Life Adventures Outdoor Education and Training Centre, on the Vaal Eden Road north of Parys. The weekend was a time for personal growth and development and a whole lot of fun for those who attended.

This four day adventure was a time for personal development, leadership training and a whole lot of FUN!

In 2017, 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.

We hope to run another RYLA Camp in 2018 but dates, costs and programme have yet to be finalised.

2018 Cost: To be confirmed to include all accommodation, bedding, food, presentations and activities. RC of Parys is donating limited scholarships to Ngwathe learners with good references.

Delegates must meet the following criteria:

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

How to register. This was the process for 2017. This will be updated for 2018.

Download and complete the 2017 application and other forms and pay by EFT.

Here is the application form RYLA Application Form 2017

You will also need to complete an indemnity and medical information form for each student attending. RYLA 2017 Indemnity and Medical Information Form

The payment advice form is here. Please put as reference RYLA and name of student if applying as an individual rather than from a school or Rotary Club. RYLA 2017 Payment Advice Form

The list of things to bring is the same as last year. RYLA List of things to bring 2016

Please note places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There is space for 120 delegates.

Contact information for further information or queries 

Your RYLA convener from the Rotary Club of Parys is Renee de Jong Hartslief   Renee.RotaryParys@gmail.com

The facilitator is: Coach Carl of Life Adventures. (082 817 8345 or email info@lifeadventures.co.za). All participants MUST please be provided with the contact details of the facilitator Coach Carl Cilliers.



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