COMMITTEE CHAIR: Mark Verhemme
District 5510 holds its
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp at the Salvation Army
Camp near HEBER, AZ, among the scenic pines in the White
Some 80-plus high school students and
Rotarians will attend.
Activities include dynamic
motivational speakers, seminars on leadership, teamwork, and
conflict resolution. Additionally, a variety of sports and
recreational activities, such as volleyball, horseshoes, rope
climbing, and horseback riding are included. The fun begins
with team assignments and an ice-breaking scavenger hunt.
Guided by Rotary's New Generation philosophy regarding
youth, the camp is structured to challenge the students to discuss
problems confronting today's youth and to give participating adults
the opportunity to listen to their suggestions and devise methods
and activities for resolving their concerns.
Any number of
sensitive subjects are raised by the students. Everything from
teenage pregnancy, to latchkey kids, to domestic violence, to
drug and alcohol use are addressed, and solutions sought.
A rich source of student participants are Interact Clubs.
Scottsdale Rotary Club sponsors the Interact Club at Saguaro
High School. Following their participation in the RYLA camp,
the students will be available to report back to their sponsoring
Rotary Club on their experiences.
Each club in the
district is encouraged to send two student participants at a cost of
$250 each. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale sends two young
leaders, for a total investment of $500.
Rotarians who wish
to participate in helping to run the camp or just attend as
observers, are welcome to do so free of charge. Scottsdale
Rotary's RYLA Chairman, Tom Tull, is participating this year for the