Who is responsible for payment?
Payment is from the local sponsoring Rotary Club. The fee is $450.00.
Some clubs ask participants to pay $50-$100.
How many students can our club sponsor?
There is no longer a limitation on how many students each Rotary Club can sponsor. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration 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. RYLA is looking for students who have a heart for service. Students must not be entering their Senior year of high school.
What happens if we miss the April 15th deadline?
Depending on how many openings RYLA has left on April 15th will define whether your applicant is accepted or placed on a waiting list. Registration is capped at 100 students per Academy, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What is a ropes course?
A low-challenge ropes course is a series of team-building exercises that allow RYLA participants to learn to work together. Students spend the day with professional facilitators on campus. Participation in every element is optional and athletic skills are not required.
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.
Why do we have to sign a Power of Attorney form?
After your participant receives his or her registration packet in the middle of March, you will find many documents/releases that need to be read, signed, and returned by the due date (or your student may be dropped from the program). One of those forms is a Power of Attorney form. This form must be signed by one legal guardian and notarized. It is under legal counsel for the Rotary International RYLA program that we require this document, and if you choose not to return it, your student will not be allowed to participate. No exceptions.
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 director. Every adult on staff has been cleared through multiple background checks.
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.
BOTH ROTARIANS AND FAMILIES:
In transportation provided?
Due to the large scope of our academy (which is statewide), RYLA cannot 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. Students are not allowed to transport themselves.