The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership programme coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe.
Each year, thousands of young people participate in this programme. Youngsters aged between 13-years-old and 30 are sponsored by Rotary clubs to attend the event run by the club’s district committee.
These RYLA sessions have been taking place at outward bound centres across Great Britain and Ireland over the summer.
One of these was organised by Rotary District 1030 in Northumberland and north-east England.
Their RYLA activity weekend was held at the Kingsway Adventure Centre in Middleton-in-Teesdale.
It was a resounding success with the youngsters taking part in a week-long course.
Rotary clubs from District 1030 sponsored youngsters to go on the weeks where they had to call upon life skills and team building to be able to complete the tasks.
Many long-term friendships resulted from this Rotary annual project. Being required to do things out of their comfort zone in a challenging environment was an experience in itself.