Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Irvine Rotary Club meeting notes - RYLA

Two Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) recipients brought us up to speed on the latest RYLA weekend in Idlewylld.  Aly and Chelsea, granddaughters of IRC club member Ed, were apprehensive about attending, because their grandpa said they had to.  But now they are delighted they attended, and have a new respect for "family","it was the best day of my life," says Chelsea.

The theme of this year's RYLA was "You Can Do It", and they shared with us the Boojum Institute of climbing trees to zip lining, bungee cord jumps and more, enabled them to "Do It".  Their RYLA family of 10 became lifetime buddies now.  The activities and family unit taught them how to trust each other, do things they never thought they could do, and be happy with others.  The only downside, was the sad ride home.  Chelsea and Aly plan to return to RYLA next year as leaders of the program.  This was a great investment of our resources!