The online application deadline for the 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Award applications is Jan. 31. The award is given annually to current sophomores and juniors in high school who have demonstrated leadership, maturity and an interest in community service. As a RYLA recipient, the students attend Camp RYLA with other Nebraska students preparing to begin their senior year in high school. Camp RYLA is a six-day co-ed leadership camp that will be held July 21-26. in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey, about 80 miles north of North Platte.
Information and applications for the award and Camp is available at www.greatplainsryla.org or www.facebook.com/greatplainsryla.
Prior RYLA recipients have reported, “RYLA was a neat way to meet girls throughout the state. The friendships I developed during RYLA will be with me my whole life,” and “I had a lot of fun during my week at Camp RYLA. I was really nervous because I was the only one from North Platte High School, but I met a lot of nice girls from other towns.”
Participants have enjoyed the outdoor activities, stating “The best part was going on the zip line and the high wire. They were scary, but a lot of fun.”
With respect to the leadership programs and speakers, recipients report, “I loved hearing all of the speakers talk about all the places they had been, and the things they had done,” and “I love to travel so hearing about the countries all of those amazing women had been to was very exciting. I would definitely recommend the Camp.”
Young men have found the Camp instrumental in developing leadership skills, noting “RYLA was a great experience for me. I had a really fun time meeting people from all over the state with some of the same interests as me,” and “RYLA was a great experience. It taught me a lot about how to be a good leader. We had a lot of fun and many fun times that I will remember for a long time.”
The Rotary Clubs of North Platte sponsor area students and provide transportation to and from camp and there is no cost to the student. Students can participate in leadership training, learn from outstanding individuals of varied backgrounds, educations, careers and interests, and participate in recreational and friendly competitions. After students return from camp, they are asked to visit a North Platte Rotary Club to share their camp experience with members of the Rotary Club.
Lincoln County high school students currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school who are interested in applying for the 2013 Rotary Youth Leadership Award, should consult the Facebook or www.greatplainsryla.org.
Area high schools have been provided DVDs and information on the award and camp, as well. Applications must be submitted on-line no later than Jan. 31, to be considered for the July 2013 Camp.
Questions about RYLA may be directed to Kim Schroll at NebraskaLand National Bank, at 534-2100, or Katherine Hall, Hall Law Office, PC, LLO, at 696-3250.