RYLA - About the Conference
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is held every year in mid-June. The 2017 Conference will be the 57th Consecutive RYLA in Rotary District 7390. Approximately 130 High School Juniors attend annually.
 
RYLA provides leadership training for outstanding young men and women from public and non-public secondary schools in Rotary District 7390 from the counties of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties. The schedule includes various speakers, career seminars, a challenge course, team building activities, a conference band and chorus and much, much more.
 
WHEN IS RYLA HELD?
Registration is Sunday, June 11, 2017 beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Conference will conclude on Thursday, June 15, 2017 with the RYLA Family Night Banquet. 
 
WHERE IS RYLA HELD?
RYLA is held at Messiah College, One College Avenue, Grantham, PA 17027. Click here for more information about Messiah College.
 
The students will sleep in the dorm rooms of the Miller and Grantham Residence Halls. All boys will be in Miller and girls will be in Grantham. The counselors will be on the same floors as the students and there will also be an adult Rotarian in each residence hall. All rooms will have 2 to 3 students based on the rooms layout.
 
 
RYLA ELIGIBILITY
It is important that student participants in RYLA will truly benefit from the experience and will be leaders on their return to school. Student participants should be between their Junior & Senior year of High School. Participants may NOT have attended a previous RYLA.
 
 
RULES & REGULATIONS
Selection for participation in the Rotary Youth Leaders Conference entails responsibilities that conferees should not take lightly. Accordingly conferees will be expected to conduct themselves in a manner in which their families, school and sponsoring Rotary Club can be proud. Failure to comply with any of the rules could result in dismissal from the Conference!
  1. Conferees are expected to attend each and every session and activities unless specifically excused by the Director. Prompt arrival at each activity is a part of that attendance.
  2. Leaving the campus or leaving a session or activity without the express permission of a staff member is prohibited.
  3. Informal and casual attire is acceptable at all scheduled events of the conference. Beachwear and bare feet are inappropriate at any scheduled lecture, group session or seminar.
  4. Each conferee will be assigned to a room in a specific residence hall. Residence halls other than the one assigned are out-of-bounds to conferees.
  5. Conferees will be responsible for the condition of their rooms and other facilities used in the conference. Such responsibility could include repair or replacement charges should damage occur.
  6. The Director will decide on a curfew time for all conferees to be in their assigned Residence Hall.
  7. Midnight will be quiet time for each conferee. He/She will be expected to be in the assigned room at that time and noise will be kept to a minimum
  8. The use of drugs/alcohol/tobacco will not be tolerated.
  9. The use of automobiles to conferees is prohibited while at the conference.
  10. Visitors to conferees are not permitted other than to attend the concluding Family Dinner Banquet.
  11. Conferees are expected to treat the presenter and presentation with courtesy.
 
WHAT TO BRING/NOT TO BRING
What to Bring
Not to Bring
 Pillow (optional)
 
 Pajamas
 Radio
 Flashlight
 MP3 Players & I Pods
 Toiletries & Soap
 Television
 Bath Towel
 Knives
 Lip Balm & Sunscreen
 Weapons (of any sort)
 Camera & Film
 Cigarettes
 Musical Instrument
 Alcohol
 Water Bottle
 Food
 Shorts & Jeans
 Valuables
 T-shirts & Sweatshirts
 
 Jacket
 
 Light Rain Coat
 
 Socks & Underwear
 
Nice Clothes for Banquet
 
Sneakers & Dress Shoes
 
 
 
FAMILY NIGHT CELEBRATION
The RYLA Family Night Celebration is a culminating event that will end the RYLA Conference. Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend. (There is no cost for the Conferee.) Family Night Celebration reservation forms and payment will be collected at Conference registration. The banquet will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017.  The conference Choir & Band will both perform and the Conference Leadership Awards will be presented.
 
 
PROGRAM CONTENT
Sunday, June 11
Monday, June 12
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 15
 
 
7:30-8:30
Breakfast
7:30-8:30
Breakfast
7:30-8:30
Breakfast
7:30-8:30
Breakfast
 
 
8:45-9
Rotary Moment
8:45-9
Rotary Moment
8:45-9
Rotary Moment
 
 
 
 
9-10
Jason Mead "Servant Leadership"
9-10
"iPower-INFLUENCE"
9-10
Teambuilding Fall out Shelter Activities
9-10
Make My Day
 
 
10:30-11:15
Games
10-10:45
Extemporaneous Speakers
10:30-11:15
Games
10:30-11:15
Games
 
 
 
 
10:45-12:10
Teambuilding
 
 
 
 
 
 
12:15
Lunch
12:15
Lunch
12:15
Lunch
12:15
Lunch
 
 
1-3:30
Challenge Course/Teambuilding
1-1:45
What's My Line
1-2
"Five Verbs of Leadership"
1-1:45
Talent Show
2:30-3:45 
Registration
 
 
2-2:45
Games
2-2:45
Games
2-3
Group Wrap-Up
4:00  
Photo
 
 
3-4
Swim
3-4
Swim
3-4
Swim
4:30 
Welcome
4-5
Band & Chorus
4-5
Band & Chorus
4-5
Band & Chorus
4-5
Band & Chorus
5:15 
Dinner
5:15
Dinner 
5:15 
Dinner 
5:15
Dinner
4:15-6
Packing
6:15-9:15 
Dennis Barger
6:15-8:45
Challenge Course/Teambuilding 
6:15-8
Career Seminars 
6:15-8
Career Seminars 
6:15-7:15 
Celebration Reception 
 
 
 
 
 8-9
"Chemical Dependency Challenges for Today and the Future" 
8-9
Talent Show Rehearsal or Community Service Project
7:15 
Family Night Celebration
 9:15-11
Pizza Party
 9:00
 Team Bonding by Country
9-11 
Mixer: Sundae Bar 
9-11
DJ/Pizza Party 
 
 
 
 
CALENDAR
February
Information is emailed to District 7390 Rotary Club Presidents & RYLA Chairpersons.
Early March
Clubs will visit local High Schools and solicit the aid of Guidance Counselors and Principals to select the best candidates for RYLA. Students will complete applications.
End of March
Rotary Clubs will interview prospective RYLA candidates.
Early April
Rotary Clubs will notify candidates they have been selected.
By May 5
Clubs will submit completed applications (with signatures) along with payment to the District Office.
End of May
Students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail from the District office.
Early June
Clubs will contact their RYLA candidates as a reminder.