Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

(Grades 10-­12)

RYLA South is for grade 10-­12 students looking for an intensive leadership and personal development training program. RYLA South’s goal is to provide participants with the skills they need to navigate their way through the challenges teens encounter in their formative years.


The 4­-day camp consists of interactive workshops, team­building exercises, presentations from professional speakers, hands ­on service projects and many other fun activities!


RYLA South provides opportunities to:

● Build on leadership skills, as an individual and as a team player.
● Increase self­confidence and self­esteem.
● Learn about personal and professional responsibility.
● Understand the importance of effective communication skills.
● Develop problem solving and conflict management skills.
● Make new friends while having fun.
● Meet community leaders and mentors.
● Learn about other Rotary Youth Programs.


Participant Eligibility:

● Reside in Rotary International District 5040 (British Columbia, Canada).
● Be selected for sponsorship by a participating Rotary club.
● Be in grade 10, 11 or 12 at time of registration.
● Demonstrate leadership and community service.
● If selected, must be available to attend ALL camp dates.



RYLA South 2017 Camp Information:


Registration is open from December 1st, 2017 to March 1st, 2018. To register participants for RYLA South please contact your local District 5040 Rotary Club or the RYLA South Director at



YMCA’s Camp Elphinstone

1760 YMCA Road

Gibsons, BC V0N 1V6

To learn more about Camp Elphinstone, visit


Participant Start / End Times:
The camp begins on Friday, March 30th and concludes on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 (Easter Long Weekend). Participants must attend ALL camp dates and are not permitted to arrive late or leave early.


Transportation To / From The Camp:

Each participant is responsible for transportation to / from the camp arrival / departure location. If you need assistance, contact your sponsoring Rotary club or the RYLA South Director.

  • “There were many people that were shy and scared to make new friends. Through great presentations and positive attitudes, people quickly opened up. By the end of the weekend, everyone was friends and much more confident in their social skills.” ­- Brandon

  • “’Camp sounds simple ­friends, laughter, wilderness, and a bonfire... Who could have ever guessed how much RYLA would affect us all? The inspiring presentations empowered us to do something great with our lives.”­ - Dyana, New Westminster Secondary School, Interactor

  • “RYLA is the most amazing camp I have ever been to. It was a very positive environment - everyone was so friendly and loving! The experience gave me confidence and allowed me to embrace my leadership potential." - Qian, Killarney Secondary School, Interactor