Last week I had the honour and privilege to attend the four day RYLA Lakelse camp held near Terrace BC with District RYLA Chair Angiola DeStefanis. Located by a beautiful lake surrounded by snow capped mountains, 40 teenagers aged 13 to 16 with nine staff members lead by RYLA Coordinator Rob Eby and Program Coordinator Casda Thomas and supported by local Rotarians from several Rotary Clubs in the area, enjoyed the glorious summer sun and an unforgettable experience.The group bonds and friendships flourished over the four days as the RYLERIANS learned about leadership, goal setting, problem solving, communications and Rotary especially Rotary Youth Programs. They participated in the World Village exercise, building picnic tables to leave as a Rotary legacy to the Kin Kamp , and carrying 60 pound jugs of water to understand the shortage of water in many areas of the world and the impact this has on young children and families.
They worked and played hard and learned about the Power of One to make a difference in the world, about working as a team to achieve their goals and building friendships with others who may be different from ourselves. What a great bunch of kids – future leaders in their communities and in society and maybe in Rotary. What a great group of dedicated Rotarians and young adults giving of their time and energy to provide a Rotary experience these kids will remember for the rest of their lives.The future is in good hands as Rotarians work to Build Communities and Bridge Continents.