Rotary invites young adults to apply for leadership camp

The free and fun youth leadership camp will go July 1-6 at Selkirk College in Castlegar

Local Rotary Clubs are calling out young adults ages 18-25 to participate in an intensive leadership training session this summer at Selkirk College in Castlegar.

For more than 40 years, Rotary has funded and hosted RYLA, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp, to encourage young adults to grow their leadership skills and help in personal development.

The camp will run from July 1 to 6 and will include about 40 invested young adults. Even better, your local Rotary Club will cover expenses.

“This incredible opportunity is provided absolutely free through the generosity of sponsoring Rotary Clubs in your community,” read the release.

Similar Leadership training programs are generally around $2,000, and even greater when the costs of travel, food and accommodation are added.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to provide initial training for potential leaders or recognize top employees in your employ.”

Several excellent presenters from government, business, health and wellness, and recreation will attend, challenging both small and large groups through workshops and interaction.

“For me, RYLA was a fantastic experience!” said Rossland resident Libby Martin. “I was already a qualified teacher when I first went as a camper, so I was maybe a little on the ‘old’ side, and had already had a lot of Leadership experience.

“However, the week was one of intense learning, tons of fun interacting with youth from around the District and all kinds of great information to help me hone my leadership and teaching skills.”

Topics covered include: awareness of self and others, group dynamics, dealing with conflict and change, goal setting, styles of leadership, characteristics of effective leaders, effective communication, critical thinking and more.

“After my experience as a camper, I went back the next year as a counsellor, leading my own groups and working with the youth.”

The experience reinforced Martin’s commitment to the program, her chosen path, and the importance of the work done by local Rotarians.

“When I returned, it only took me a year to become a Rotary Club of Rossland member, another year to become president, and I have continued to be an active and vibrant member of the club,” added Martin.

“It has allowed me to contribute actively to my community, meet amazing people, and have so many opportunities that I would never had experienced. The RYLA camp played a big role in who I have become today.”

For those interested in attending RYLA, contact your local Rotary Club or RYLA contact Stacey Cassidy at stacey.a.cassidy@gmail.com.

Rossland residents can apply by emailing rylarossland@gmail.com.

The deadline to apply is May 15.

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