Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, is a leadership training program that enhances your community's youth leaders leadership and communication skills while breaking them out of their comfort zones and encouraging service above self.  RYLA gives students that confidence to spread their ideas of impact to their community and world while becoming life changers in the lives of those that they come in contact with.

RYLA Campers 2019

RYLA is the Rotary sponsored youth leadership training program. RYLA is focused on class leaders who are currently in their junior (11th grade) year of high school. If your club is hosting a student from a foreign country as long as the individual is attending high school (10-12th grades), he or she may attend RYLA camp with the permission and participation of the sponsoring club.

The 29th annual RYLA camp will be held at the Salvation Army Heart of the Hills facility located in Welling, Oklahoma just outside Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Our camp is looking for bright leaders who have displayed leadership characteristics.  We accept students who have outstanding records and are looking for new ways to learn and grow in the areas of leadership, communication, diversity, vision, mission, teamwork, service, selflessness, and ROTARY.

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Camp Details

RYLA UPDATE from Chair Matt Hancock on 7-23-21

Over the last 30 days many have called, emailed, and asked face to face regarding the status of RYLA for the District. Over the last week many conversations have been had as to how we may have RYLA in a safe way as well as at the level of excellence in the experience that we must deliver. With these conversations as well as many conversations with Rotarians connected to local school districts at a high level there is simply not a great amount of confidence that the current rising numbers of COVID-19 will provide the high level safety as well as excellence for conducting RYLA in the fall. It is the desire of myself to look for many continued variations and opportunities for the spring to ensure that clubs have the best opportunity to provide Seniors that may have "missed" the RYLA experience as well as the current Juniors an excellent experience. This may potentially look like multiple weeks of camp in March and April, 2021, in an effort to ensure we have the best experience all the while we have access to camp while keeping the cost at our $300 per camper rate, as well as the need for sponsors for various aspects of camp that we have had in the past. Our district has a great deal of support for RYLA and we all want the best and safest experience for all involved. I appreciate all that you do in your local community to support youth and look forward to seeing RYLA provide a great experience again in the spring of 2021! Stay tuned for more information in the coming months around 2021.

 Starts: TBA

Ends: TBA

Where: Salvation Army Camp, Welling, OK

Cost: $300 per student

This includes all meals, snacks, lodging, program materials, leadership development through Heart of the Hills outstanding low and high ropes course, all the Rotary knowledge one could ask for, entertainment, and other activities/items. The clubs will need to provide transportation to and from the campsite near Tahlequah, OK. 

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Get Student Application 

Get the RYLA Student Application here

Dates to Remember 

  • July 1: CIT and Chief Applications Due
  • August 1: CIT and Chief Acknowledgement; Letters Sent
  • October 4: Student applications due to Tracey Dean
  • October 17-20: 2019 RYLA

For More Information

Tracey Dean, Rotary District 6110 Co-chair RYLA 2016, Rotary Club of Pryor (click name to e-mail)

Matt HancockRotary District 6110 Co-chair RYLA 2016, Rotary Club of Tulsa (click name to e-mail)

Send student applications to:

Rotary District 6110

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 

208 S. Vann Street

Pryor, Oklahoma 74361 

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