RYLA is short for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, which is hosted by the local Rotary District 7305. Rotary is an international organization of over 1.5 million community members working to make the world a better place through networking and service projects. Among the many areas of focus, Rotary is committed to youth and youth development. Students attend the program on a full scholarship from a local Rotary club. As part of this commitment, Rotary District 7305 offers two options for the summer RYLA program. RYLA is a week-long immersive camp which provides opportunities for team building, leadership development, service, moral and ethical identification, personal development, and problem solving. Both tracks are very different in approach but similar in outcome.
The Westminster track is set at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Utilizing the campus facilities, participants grow as a team, as well as critically challenge their strengths and skills through workshops, projects, service projects, and social activities. Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply to RYLA at Westminster.
The Outdoor Odyssey track is set in the beautiful mountains of Boswell, PA. Surrounded by nature, participants hone their decision making skills through practical applications while growing as a team. All high school aged students are welcome to apply to Outdoor Odyssey.
Please select which RYLA option you would like to be considered for and make your application. Applications are open for the summer 2024 program. Students will be contacted by the end of March as to whether or not they have been accepted for the program.