Rotary Sponsors Young Leader Course Again

by Peter Bond

On 29 September, Cranleigh Rotary had the pleasure of a presentation by Lucy and Sam, who had been sponsored by the Club and spoke of their experiences when participating in Rotary’s Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).

Also in attendance were the mothers of Lucy and Sam, who were thrilled and proud to hear what they had achieved during six very intense days, when they experienced activities designed to improve their self confidence and leadership skills.

RYLA is held at High Ashurst Outdoor Centre, situated on Box Hill. Each year Cranleigh Rotary sponsors two local young people, one boy and one girl, to attend the leadership development programme organised by the Rotary District.

The course lasts from a Sunday afternoon until the following Friday evening. Activities include an assault course, orienteering, all day map reading walk, problem solving, aqua sports, a raft building challenge and many more. On the final evening a Gala is held, which parents of the participants are invited to attend.

During a RYLA programme participants gain exposure to many leadership scenarios; for example, they explore problem-solving strategies as part of a team, discuss and apply creative approaches to leadership and conflict management. Throughout the week the participants build confidence in themselves and what they can achieve, as well as meeting new people and making lasting friendships.

Lucy said of this year’s event: “I really believe RYLA was beneficial for developing my personality, as some of the activities pushed me out of my comfort zone and I have made some lasting friendships, as well as having fun every day.”

Sam’s mother wrote saying: “Sam had the most amazing time and is already planning how to continue with some of the activities. He has grown as an individual through his experiences.”

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