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Being a RYLA facilitator is a unique service opportunity often described as one of the high points in a Rotarian's life. 


One of the great joys of being a Rotarian is to share your vision of leadership and service with young people. RYLA gives you the opportunity to participate in leadership, learning and fellowship activities with some of the District’s finest high school juniors.  

What's required?

  • A desire to spend a weekend in a beautiful location with a group of inspiring young leaders.

  • All facilitators must undergo the Rotary District 5340 youth certification process.

  • Facilitators have a list of supplies to bring, which typically cost around $100. If you need assistance with this cost, please contact the facilitator coordinator.

  • RYLA takes place at a youth camp in Idyllwild, which is at an elevation of about 5,400 feet.

  • Facilitators may share a dorm or cabin with students. In this case, they are expected to ensure students are accounted for each night before lights out.

  • RYLA is a busy three days starting at around 7 a.m. and ending between 9 and 10 p.m.  You won't have time to check in with the office, take phone calls or much else while you are with your student family.

  • The terrain at the RYLA camp is uneven with some hills. Facilitators need to be able to walk a couple of miles a day and sit on the ground.

Paul van Roon

(619) 980-2334 (Mobile)

Your RYLA "Family"


Families are the essence of the RYLA conference. Participants will be divided into families to provide a more intimate learning and sharing experience. Each family consists of a Rotarian facilitator and up to 10 students from different high schools throughout our Rotary District. The family will become a close-knit community as a result of working together and sharing ideas after each major presentation and activity. 

The process of facilitation is to guide or lead the family as it reflects on an experience, whether that experience was a speaker, a workshop or an activity. Effective facilitation enables students to share perspectives on a common experience through a productive dialog and then develop behavioral changes through enriched communication, trust, and teamwork. 

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