Nelson’s three new RYLArians, Nik Wood, Clarie Antifeau and Lara Hunter of Kaslo expressed gratitude for having been awarded the RYLA experience. So too was Jennifer Matsovic who attended RYLA in 2013 and was part of this year’s very competent Junior Counsellor Team.
Campers were overwhelmed by the inspirational welcome that they received at camp, and soon learned that this was just part of the RYLA culture that fosters love, trust, security and open mindedness. All learned about their own being and were challenged by information and team building that will serve them in new leadership roles throughout their lives.
They grew from being part of groups of diverse people from different backgrounds, including the US and Canada. Each RYLArian had different skills, strengths and life experiences to draw on. The theme of Personal Ethics was intertwined through all of the presentations and group work and each RYLArian was challenged to write their own Personal Ethics Statement.
Presentations from locals Tom Hierck on Personal Motivation, Bill Reid on True Colours, Linda Moore on Dealing with Change and also Family Communication & Dealing with Abuse, Chuck Bennett on Media, George Chandler on Cross Cultural Awareness, Dave Douglas on Awareness of Self and Others, Sheila Hart on Public Speaking, Joan Poisvy on Goal Setting and also on Managing your Money were only part of the curriculum that also included a number of speakers and RYLA leaders from the USA and other parts of BC.
Recruitment is already underway for the 2015 camp which is open to 18-24 year olds from throughout the Rotary District 5080 area.