Residential Courses at Grafham Water Centre, Cambridgeshire and Whitehall education centre Buxton (Young RYLA).

Who: RYLA Young Adults aged 18 – 26, Young RYLA 13-16

who show the potential and inclination to give leadership to youth through voluntary and/or vocational activities

RYLA 2016

RYLA 2016


What – A personal development 8 day seminar (7 nights) of activities including:

  • Water sports

  • Practical Initiative Tests

  • Development of Interpersonal Skills

  • Camping

  • Map Reading

  • Problem Solving

  • Computer based business game

  • Lectures & Presentations

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Why – Investing in all our futures.

This course is considered to be the finest of its type in ‘Rotary In Great Britain & Ireland’.

Applicants must be able to commit themselves to the whole week. The course is designed on a basis of team competition with each day building on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous days. Any time lost is to the detriment of the awardee, the team and the whole group.

It is essential to have a reserve awardee to cover for last minute illness etc. Perhaps this year’s reserve could become next year’s priority choice.

RYLA Delegates working as a coordinated Team

RYLA Delegates working as a coordinated Team

Details about the July 2017 course / reservations from the Rotarian in residence:

PDG Ken Billington (Rotary Club of Huntingdon Cromwell)

[email protected] 



Thank you to the clubs who are already reserving places.  We need 45 Candidates this year so please keep exploring possibilities in your local businesses and area

A Selection of Pictures from RYLA 2016 at Grafham Water



Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 February 2018

Young RYLA is similar to RYLA (Rotary Young Leaders Award) but is designed for students between the ages of 13-16 years old. This proposal is to run a Young RYLA event for young people from our District in February 2018 during the Spring Half Term. If your Club is interested in Young RYLA please provisionally reserve a space without delay.


The aim is to enable young people to develop personal skills by undertaking, first hand, different and sometimes challenging tasks in a safe environment that will:

* improve communication skills,

* develop leadership and team building skills.

* develop the use of initiative and improve self-reliance.


The course is held in Whitehall Outdoor Education Centre, which is run by the Derbyshire County Council and is 3 miles from Buxton in the Peak  District National Park.

Content of the Course

The course is individually tailored to meet the needs of the group and include outdoor activities including:

* Rock climbing,

* Canoeing,

* Abseiling

* Caving and a host of other activities.

There is also a range of indoor activities including a climbing wall.

All activities are supervised by highly qualified staff and the centre holds a licence from the National Adventure Licensing Authority.

Safety is paramount  and the Centre works to nationally accepted standards of good practice.

Alongside the staff at Whitehall are Rotarians who stay with the young people throughout the 2 .5 days and accompany the teams during their activities.

Participation in the activities is not compulsory for Rotarians, The Rotarian’s role is to undertake that of the responsible adult but,you may well achieve goals and face challenges that you never thought possible and succeed due to the team work and encouragement given  by the young people .

Our quest for this coming year is to engender sufficient interest amongst the Clubs, within the District, to take a group of young people aged between 13-16 years to Whitehall in February 2018.


The cost to your club is  approx. £150 per student.

In order to make this viable we need sponsorship for a minimum of 20 candidates; however It would be wonderful if this number was exceeded and more young students could replicate the experience of those who participated in 2016. The changes  witnessed in those 2.5 days, the leadership and team building skills and the confidence engendered within each individual was truly amazing.

Due to the difficulty in getting students out of school in term time and with family holidays usually being taken during the Easter and Summer Holidays, it was decided that the Spring Half Term Holiday in February would be a better time to get candidates. Having checked the dates of the Spring Half Term on the internet it seems that the majority of the schools, within the District, half term fall the week commencing Monday 12th– Friday 16th  February 2018.

Please contact Maureen Gariff ( RC Lincoln Colonia)   for more details and to indicate the numbers of students you would like to sponsor.

Photos from previous years Young RYLA