RYLA Venue

The 2015 District 9550 RYLA will be held from Wednesday 10th June – Friday 12th June 2015.

The venue will be – Gumburu Cultural Centre – Paluma – http://www.gumburu.tsv.catholic.edu.au/index.php

Cost per club – $675. Cost per applicant – $75. Total cost – $750.

A copy of the 2015 RYLA Application form and associated documentation are available for download via the link(s) further down this page. All relevant sections of this form must be signed by Applicants for this Seminar.

RYLA Preparations

All meals and refreshments are provided. No cash is required at camp. If travelling a long distance you may want some cash for a light meal to and from.

Sleeping quarters are heated, include showers, bathrooms and electricity. Bunks have a mattress. Please pack all items in a single bag. No loose items that could get lost.


  • Sleeping Bag or Blankets & Pillow
  • Pajamas
  • Socks & Underwear
  • Sportswear: Shorts & Jeans, T Shirts and Sweatshirts. Comfortable clothes for sports activities. (Be prepared for cool and dry weather.  Temperatures average between 25 and 29C during the day and 13 and 20C at night).
  • Shoes (Closed shoes are best for most of the event. The grounds are grassy and can be damp on occasion. Sandals are not suitable for many of the team building exercises)
  • Warm Jacket or Light Rain Coat
  • Bath Towel and wash cloth (none are provided)
    Toiletries (Shampoo, Soap, Deodorant, Razor, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Comb/Brush, Blow-dryer, etc..)
  • Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Camera (cell phone cameras are not to be used)
  • Lip Balm, Insect Repellent & Sun Screen

WHAT NOT TO BRING (Will be collected and returned after camp)
  • Cell Phones (Attendees may keep their cell phone in the cabin, but are not allowed to use it unless specifically given permission to do so. Allowances are limited to contacting their family members under counselor supervision).
  • ipods, ipads, Gaming Devices, etc.
  • Radio, Television/DVD Players
  • Inappropriate Clothing for a professional and academic environment.
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Food (Small qty – personal sweets OK)
  • Knives – Weapons (of any sort)

RYLA Transportation

Important Information

Attendees must arrive at the event departure point between 7:00 am and 7:30 am on Wednesday 10th June 2015. Official Opening and welcome activities will begin at 8:00 am. – First Camp meeting for all attendees begins at 10:30 am.

All Rotary Clubs are responsible for transporting their attendees TO and FROM the event departure point and that the attendees have been notified of the arrangements. Arrange transportation with one of your Club’s members, a family member, or other Rotarian. Please note: Attendees are not allowed to drive themselves to and from camp. Any attendee that arrives in their own car will not be admitted into the RYLA camp.

Rotary Clubs must determine how and where they are meeting their selected attendees for transport to RYLA. RYLA coordinators should contact their attendee today to agree on arrangements.

Drivers should bring a map to the location, and have a list of what to bring and what not to bring for each attendee.

Map for Drop Off

Map for Pick Up

What to Bring/Not to Bring List (Printable version)

Pickup time is on Friday, immediately following the Awards Ceremony, at approximately 4:00 pm. All Drivers are encouraged to arrive early (say 3:30 pm) to watch and enjoy the awards ceremony.

RYLA Behaviour Code

All RYLA attendees must:

  • Always show courtesy and respect for others. Including being clean and prompt.
  • Dress appropriately at all times. No revealing clothes. No clothes that display alcohol, tobacco, drugs messages, or sexual innuendo.
  • Never enter a cabin assigned to the opposite gender. Never enter any other ccabin unless instructed.
  • NOT leave the camp area for any reason.
  • Review What to bring / Not to bring list.
  • Attend and complete all scheduled sessions and obey curfews.
  • Wear your team ‘Bandana’ for the entire retreat.
  • NOT bring or use alcohol, drugs or weapons.
  • Do not bring food. (Small qty – personal sweets OK).
  • NOT drive themselves to the retreat.
  • NOT bring cell phones to the RYLA activities.

RYLA Rotary Clubs & Rotarians

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary’s District 9550’s leadership training program for people leaders between the ages of 19 and 29.

  • RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to:
  • Provide an effective training experience for selected potential leaders
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

RYLA-Rotary-ClubsThe RYLA program in District 9550 is best described as:-
  • An unforgettable experience in life, activities based learning with laughter in a outdoor setting. The program’s aim is to give young adults personal, leadership and citizenship skills to succeed in all areas of their life.
  • A three-day interactive learning and development experience focused on leadership skills for 19 to 29 years old.
  • An individual and group learning and development experience facilitated by modern learning techniques, expert training teams, and special guest speakers.
  • An opportunity for young people from diverse backgrounds and with proven leadership potential to enhance the skills that will help them achieve their personal and professional goals.
  • An opportunity to learn from other like-minded young leaders and make new friends and network connections while being challenged both physically and mentally on their road to self-discovery.
  • An learning opportunity that will enable individuals to discover their uniqueness and how to communicate and work with others.

RYLA Employers

RYLA_Graphic2Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a Rotary International 3 day leadership training program specifically designed to develop professional leadership qualities in today’s young professionals between the ages of 19 and 29 years.

RYLA is committed to providing targeted professional leadership training to young adults to meet the expectations of the business community.
The learning outcomes from the RYLA Program are:-

  • Leadership,
  • Project management (small to medium),
  • Time management,
  • Team building
  • Goal setting and Negotiating skills

As part of Rotary Internationals’ commitment to young adults, the course has been developed to meet community and business requirements by:
  • Engaging accredited corporate trainers and presenters and high profile guest speakers.
  • Employing specialised learning material developed by experienced course designers.
  • Applying their new knowledge and skills to community project planning and implementation during and post the RYLA program respectively.

RYLA-Employees-2The cost of the course has been structured to deliver value and appeal to a wide range of employers’ and businesses. This is achieved by Rotary’s unique capacity to attract international standard presenters to these forums cost effectively.