RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Each year our club identifies and selects a number of young leaders, usually from amongst Grade 11 students in the 2 local rural high schools in our area. They then have the opportunity to go on a RYLA camp for a long weekend. These take place twice a year, usually in April and September.
We are very fortunate to have these camps run by Warriors, an organisation catering largely for people wanting to take a gap year to learn lots of different skills, mostly outdoor activities such as skydiving, scuba diving, hiking etc. Warriors Camp is conveniently based in Magoebaskloof, where, on a RYLA weekend, about 100 young leaders from all over the country, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana have the opportunity to learn different life skills. The weekend combines indoor and outdoor activities (such as problem solving, climbing and team building exercises). These are life-changing weekends for the participants, who learn new skills, have masses of fun and make new friends with people from all over southern Africa.