Discover a world outside the classroom through an intensive leadership experience that builds communication skills, teaches creative problem-solving, and challenges you to change not only yourself but the world.

High School Sophomores and Juniors: Apply today for RYLA camp on April 17-19, 2020 at Camp Kitaki in Louisville, Nebraska.

The deadline is March 2, 2020. Applications will be reviewed in early March and those awarded will be contacted very soon after.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp ALLOWS YOU to:

  • Learn about yourself and what drives you
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

What’s Rotary?

Rotary is a global network of neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world.

Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which oversees many specialized UN agencies. Since 1985 Rotary has led the battle against polio and kept the pressure on as worldwide cases plummeted from 350,000 per year to several hundred.  Rotary and its partners are very close to making that dream a reality.

Very simply: We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. As a student, you can become a Rotarian through our Interact and Rotaract clubs yet first, join us at RYLA.


RYLA participants are nominated by local Rotary clubs or their high school teachers and counselors. Other than being a sophomore or junior within District 5650, there are NO restrictions for enrollment; we love equally. District clubs cover all expenses associated with the program. There is an application and acceptance process so don’t delay - competition is fierce and sadly, not all are accepted. Download the general student application in the link box to the left.

Rotary Clubs

We are now fundraising and recruiting volunteers.  The sponsorship form can be found in the sidebar on the left as well as the volunteer sign-up form and volunteer application.

RYLA is a District activity and we wish to have as much club participation as possible.  Whether through sponsored students, sponsorships, or volunteering the goal is to boast a participation rate of over 50% district club engagement.

Once volunteer sign-ups are submitted, a follow-up email will be sent with the application and background check info.  Both are necessary for approval as a volunteer.  Feel free to invite your partner/spouse.

The RYLA experience prepares young people to be leaders in their community, profession, and other facets of everyday life. For pictures and videos of past RYLA camps visit our Facebook page HERE.