Be Brave! RYLA 2016

This weekend, hundreds of youth from all over Arizona will convene in Pine Rock, Arizona to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). RYLA is a High School Leadership Development program sponsored by Rotary International and funded by clubs in District 5490. Our club reviewed applications and selected an emerging leader to participate. Once they complete the weekend we will have a program to learn first hand how the weekend unfolded.   

Every year, thousands of young people take part  in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)  programs held worldwide. It is an amazing program designed to develop leadership talent for the world’s future leaders.

 Our RYLA Camp has been specifically designed by area Rotary Clubs for High School students in Central and North Western Arizona.

We hold our RYLA Conference at Camp Pinerock in Prescott Arizona, annually over the Martin Luther  King holiday weekend: January 15-18th, 2016.

 RYLA encourages leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving students  who  are chosen to attend RYLA as an  “award”  for their past and present leadership and  service  activities. 

High School Students, primarily in their sophomore and junior years, are chosen for their leadership  potential. Award winners, known as  Delegates, attend an all-expenses-paid  camp to learn advanced leadership skills.  Delegates reinforce their skills by using these new  leadership  tools in many activities which enhance their ability.

41 Rotary clubs that comprise our Rotary District 5490 selected Delegates and facilitate the  event’s curriculum. Our very own President Eric Hichman will be on hand to capture photographs of the weekend. Amy Roble also serves as the Webmaster and shares her talent with electronic media.

     RYLA aims to:

  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities
  • Build individual self confidence
  • Learn how and when to lead, and how and when to follow
  • To exceed your own understanding of how strong you really are
What is expected of a delegate?

You will be expected to:

· Spend the full and entire weekend at RYLA;

· Participate in all activities, showing the best of your leadership skills, with a good attitude and open mind;

· Follow the easy rules of Camp Pinerock;

· Visit your sponsoring Rotary Club after RYLA and make a short presentation on what you gained by attending;

· Have fun and enjoy yourself!

How much does RYLA cost?


Local Rotary Clubs sponsor each delegate. The cost for the full weekend’s program, including accommodation and catering, is sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs. There is no need to bring money with you for the weekend.  There is nowhere to spend it.

How can I apply?

Complete directions are included on the Delegates page.

Where is my local Rotary Club?  to find your nearest Rotary Club – via the District 5490 website


What are the accomodations like?

Our RYLA event is held at Camp Pinerock in Prescott Arizona.  A link is included or goes to The rooms are in various buildings with shared bath facilities and sleeping rooms.

Girls and boys are in separate facilities.

There are generally four bunks per room with a communal toilet, shower and washroom for each floor or in some cases, facilities shared between rooms.

You will need a sleeping bag.  See the section on what to bring.

What to pack for the weekend?

RYLA is an activity weekend, and consequently designer clothes and jewelry should be left at home.

You will need to prepare for both indoor and outdoor activities (including possible snow conditions), and the suggested RYLA guidelines will be helpful when deciding what to pack for the weekend.

Who is eligible?

RYLA is for outstanding high school students in their sophomore and junior years. They will be delegates who possess a high degree of positive leadership potential. They are young adults who are motivated to experience new challenges and take responsibility to create positive actions.

RYLA delegates are recommended by their school, other organizations and chosen by the sponsoring Rotary Club. RYLA delegates must be in good health and have proper insurance coverage. Delegates must be willing to participate in Family meetings prior to RYLA and they must agree to fulfill the complete

Please feel free to contact us:

CHAIRMAN, 2016-2018:

Mark Carpenter


Tamera Sabinsky


P.O. Box 1955

Sun City, AZ  85372-1955



Jerry Hanen



Amy Robl

 Here are a collection of Photographs from this weekends Volunteer meeting Eric and Amy attended.

Author: Aaron Fritz

Joined Rotary in 1999. Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Past President of the Rotary eClub of Arizona, Past Assistant Governor for District 5490 and current Assistant Governor for District 5495. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (3 currently). 2nd Generation Rotarian.