RYLA

Nearly Didn't Happen!

When District 1230 decided not to run RYLA this year, Eastwood’s Rob Wilkinson our Youth Convenor was undeterred. Convinced of the benefits of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), he contacted District 1020 and asked if our club could send candidates to their camp. These take place at the Abernethy Trust’s Outdoor and Adventure Centre at Ardeonaig, the venue for all the camps since the first ones that were organised by West Linton & District R.C. in 1991!

Great Candidates

Two candidates from our local East Renfrewshire High Schools – Courtney McCann and Sean Douglas Kellie –were selected to go forward. The selection process focusses very much on identifying youngsters who will benefit from a confidence boosting week and is done in participation with local school leaders. The youngsters experience working in teams and have the opportunity to lead teams, overcome their fears and essentially be transformed by the experience.

Change for the Better

Eastwood have participated in RYLA for over 8 years and our youth committee members are always astonished at the change in students before and after their RYLA week. Each student is invited back to do a presentation on their week at RYLA  and invariably every talk ends with “I never, ever thought I would be able to stand in front of so many people and do a presentation!”.

Not All Plain Sailing

This year’s camp wasn’t without incident. Courtney McCann took ill while on the Munro climb and had to be airlifted off by helicopter to the local hospital! Despite that, she returned to speak at the club and was hugely positive about her experiences… up to that point, at least!

A great and very busy night at Eastwood Rotary when our two RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadesrhip Award) students came to give the club a presentation on their time at the RYLA camp. As ever, they were thrilled at how much they had enjoyed their time at camp and at how much more confident they now felt.

Courtney McCann of Woodfarm High School and Sean Douglas-Kellie of Barrhead High School and their mentors were visitors along with parents, grandparents and siblings.

A packed meeting also included Rotarian visitors from Glasgow, Annan and Inverness Riverside Rotary Clubs.  Brenda Waugh of Annan Rotary Club was mentor to Courtney who was also supported by John Stuart, Depute Head at Woodfarm.

Big thanks to our own Rob Wilkinson who puts in a power of work to see that these youth opportunities happen.