RYLA = Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Each year, thousands of young people take part in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program worldwide. Young people, ages 14-17, are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum. This Camp RYLA is sponsored by Rotary District 5170.

High school students from around the Bay Area are selected to attend RYLA for leadership demonstrated at school or in the community. Many, but not all, of our students are a part of their school Interact Clubs. These students receive scholarships to a week long leadership camp where they learn skills about how to become better leaders, build better friendships, and how to actively apply what they have learned at camp to their lives, schools, and communities.

RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth;
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders;
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth; and
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

RYLA was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, and is one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs. RYLA participants often go on to become Youth Exchange students or Ambassadorial Scholars.

More information about RYLA International 

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How are camper selected for Camp RYLA 5170?

RYLA 5170 campers are all selected and fully sponsored by District 5170 Rotary Clubs around the California Bay Area. Some clubs have slightly differing criteria for interviewing and selecting campers – so this can vary. However, all campers once selected to attend Camp RYLA receive a full scholarship to the weeklong camp program. Once selected, it is the responsibility of the student’s sponsoring Rotary Club Chair to reach out with a link to our online registration.

Note: You must be selected and sponsored by a District 5170 Rotary club to receive entry into Camp.

Camper Registration

Campers and their parents will be asked to fully complete the online registration process and will receive email confirmation of their completed submission. After submission, both Rotarians and Camp Support Staff may communicate via email or phone to clarify registration information or update campers on important camp related information.

Note: Online Registration is now open. If you’ve been invited to 2021 Camp RYLA 5170, you should have (or will be) receiving an invitation to register for camp from your Sponsoring Rotary Club. If you think you’ve been invited, but aren’t sure how to contact your Rotary Club – please contact RYLA Support Staff via email.