Who is responsible for payment?

Payment is from the local sponsoring Rotary club. The fee is $450.00 per student. Some clubs ask participants to pay a portion of the registration fee of $50-$100.

How many students can our club sponsor?

Rotary clubs are welcome to send as many students as they can financially sponsor. There is no limitation. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each academy’s attendance is capped at 100 students per academy.

How does our club select a student?

Many clubs work with their local high school guidance counselors to find the right participant. Students should be entering their sophomore or junior academic year. RYLA is looking for students who have a heart for service.  


How many adult leaders or staff do you have?

We have a male and a female adult counselor for every 10-12 participants as well as at least five additional support staff, including the RYLA academy directors. Every adult on staff has been cleared through multiple background checks.

What are the sleeping arrangements?

There are separate dormitories for boys and girls with adult supervision on every floor. There are also adult chaperones every night in the common spaces of each dorm. Usually, there are two participants in each room and adults and participants are NEVER paired together. Community bathrooms are on each floor.

Can my student select their roommate?

We do not allow students who come from the same family or community to dorm together. This is part of the academy experience.

What does my student need to pack or bring?

Refer to the Participant Link found here:

Does our student need money on campus?

No, your student will NOT need money while attending RYLA. If you want to send some financial means with them, we recommend that you do NOT send cash.


Is transportation provided?

Due to the state-wide scope of our academy, RYLA does not provide transportation. We encourage the sponsoring Rotary club to work with each participant's family to assure that the student has a ride to and from the academy. Most students’ families prefer to handle all the transportation needs themselves. If there is a transportation concern, the student’s family is encouraged to contact the Rotary club directly.  Students are not allowed to transport themselves.