Recently, 20 juniors from Texarkana and West Bowie County attended the 2024 Rotary Youth Leadership Award, or RYLA, camp. RYLA is a youth leadership program for high school juniors hosted each February by Rotary District 5830. 

RYLA focuses on building eight core leadership traits in the students who attend from across Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma. Approximately 200 juniors attend two RYLA camps each year.

The leadership traits that RYLA focuses on are integrity, trust, communication, teamwork, planning, problem-solving, decision-making, and self-esteem.

Ropes Course - Trust Fall - Canva
Ropes Course - Trust Fall - Canva

RYLA takes place at Clements Scout Ranch, in Athens, Texas, and is filled with activities from sunrise to well past sunset. Students work within teams to complete in a variety of challenges that push them to think outside the box, stretch their imaginations, grow as individuals and a team, and realize their own leadership abilities.

RYLA 2024 - Andi Darby
RYLA 2024 - Andi Darby

Pictured Above:

Camila Gutierrez, Chloe Lee, Alina Moya, Ryon Anderson, Catherine Schmidtke, Julius Ricks, Michael White, Neida Garcia Martinez, Abby Baggett, Aiden Ashmore, Caleb Woods, Koen Atkinson, Zachary LaRose, Kabrean King, Kamarion Terry, Kathryn Bixler, Lionel Harris, Lyla Breto, Madison Herbert, Samual Baumgardner, Jade Ruth, Jacob Carnes, Andi Darby


Congratulations to all on completing another successful RYLA camp that we know has enriched their lives as it has for so many before them.

Rotary International is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and ourselves. Find out more about Rotary here...

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