Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

(Ages 14 -16)

RYLA Lakelse is a Rotary sponsored leadership and personal development training camp for students aged 14-16 (Grade 8-10) who have a desire to make their school and community a better place. RYLA gives young people the opportunity to create and carry out projects that exemplify Rotary’s “Service Above Self”, while making new friends!

The 3-day camp teaches leadership and personal development skills, while instilling the Rotary ideal of high ethical standards. Leadership concepts and skills are explored through participatory activities that include:


● Trust and team-building exercises.
● Problem solving and conflict management activities.
● Self-confidence and self-esteem development.
● Group discussions, self-reflection and team debriefing sessions.
● Indoor / outdoor activities including Dragon Boating.
● Workshops on additional opportunities through other Rotary Youth Programs.


Are you a student interested in attending RYLA Lakelse? Please visit our FAQ page, and then email the RYLA Lakelse Director to learn more about sponsorship information.


Students who have expressed interest in leadership and community service are encouraged to apply.


Participant Eligibility:

● Reside in Rotary International District 5040 (British Columbia, Canada).
● Be selected for sponsorship by a participating Rotary Club.
● Be 14 to 16 years old at time of registration
● Express interest in leadership and community service.
● If selected, must attend all camp dates – no exceptions.




DATE: July 5th to July 8th, 2018


ACCOMMODATION: Participants are housed in tents outdoors

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM: Provided by sponsoring Rotary Club





Are you a Rotarian or Rotary Club interested in sponsoring a student to attend RYLA Lakelse? Please visit our FAQ page, and then email the RYLA Lakelse Director to learn more about sponsorship information.

Registration information will be sent to all clubs in early April via email.


Registration Opens:
April 1, 2018


Registration Closes:
June 15, 2018


RYLA Lakelse Director: Kirsten Riley, Rotary Club of Terrace Skeena Valley

Camp limited to 30 students.


  • “We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Squamish for giving us the amazing opportunity to attend RYLA Lakelse. It was such a great experience where we learned to solve problems, build leadership skills, and made new friendships. We will never forget the people, the experiences and it is something we will carry with us forever." - Larissa & Sammy

  • “It’s amazing to see the wonderful changes in these young people, the changes that happen in only three days and three nights together. My fellow Rotarians – it is truly amazing and hard to put into words. As I watch the students leave with their parents, I am thankful to be part of the Rotary family. I am thankful that their child is no longer shy, their quiet child is now sharing with others and has grown in a positive way." - Lesley, Rotarian