WANTED! ARE YOU THE PERSON WE ARE LOOKING FOR?

By Jennifer Macdonald / February 7, 2023

STONEHAVEN ROTARY CLUB SEEKS YOUNG PERSON FOR RYLA CAMP

ARE YOU THE PERSON WE ARE LOOKING FOR?

Each year, the Stonehaven Rotary Club sponsors places on the RYLA weeklong, full-time residential leadership development course. There are 2 camps-one for boys and one for girls.

Because of Covid, like so many other events, RYLA Camps were cancelled but they were back in July 2022. The young people are selected by interview after presentations are made to S5 pupils at Mackie Academy and young people who are interested apply to be considered.

Unfortunately, last year , due to ongoing Covid restrictions, Rotarians were not permitted to go into school to speak to the young people and no young people came forward for selection.

Members were understandably very disappointed that we had no young people from Stonehaven at last summer’s camps but an opportunity to sponsor a young person from another area was offered and the club agreed to fund her place.

Hopefully, this year will see a return to more normality and we will be able to select a local young person for the 2023 camps. The cost of the place at RYLA Camp is funded entirely by Stonehaven Rotary Club. The young person has nothing to pay.
Like everything else, prices have risen and this year we plan to support one young person at either the Boys Camp or the Girls Camp.

RYLA camp is a leadership development course which takes place at Abernethy Outdoor Centre at Nethybridge. located in the Cairngorm National Park, which has been running RYLA courses with Rotary District 1010 for over 30 years.

Young people learn about working in a team but also about leading and supervising other people. These are the skills employers look for in the workplace. A variety of activities both outdoor and indoor help develop young people in a safe and enjoyable environment. While the course takes place at Abernethy’s Outdoor Centre, located in the Cairngorm National Park, it is not an activity holiday. While the activities are largely centred outdoors, which add a physical dimension to the problems, all are based on elements of problem solving, communication, organisation, delegation and teamwork.

Activities for all participants include hill walking, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, kayaking (river), raft building, swimming, mental and physical team challenges. Good communication and teamwork are key and all are mentored on these aspects, including daily talks from speakers with experience of various team challenges. It is not a pass or fail course. The aim is to help participants realise their leadership potential.

This is a rare opportunity for local youngsters from age 16 to under 18 to experience and learn things about themselves, about working in a team and about leading and supervising other people.
You can find out more about it by clicking on this link
https://ryla1010.com

If you are interested in applying for the sponsored place at this year’s RYLA camp, please email Rotarian Angus McIntosh: angus064@outlook.com