Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How much does it cost to attend RYLA?

There is no cost to the participants who attend RYLA. All the costs are covered by the Rotary club that sponsors the candidate. This includes the cost of food, accommodation and the registration cost for the conference

What’s in it for me if I attend?

Besides having an amazing amount of fun you will create or renew friendships and relationships with like minded youth as you learn key skills in Networking, Resolving Conflict, Multiple techniques of Leadership, Community Service & setting Life Goals.

What if I am already a self-assured Leader?

Good question! As a Leader you know that leadership, like life itself, requires constant nurturing and learning. Our successful graduates come from a background ranging from extreme shyness to confident, outgoing involvement in their school and community.

Anything else I should know about the benefits of this event?

Yes! Most prospective employers are impacted when they see evidence of leadership skills combined with the willingness to pursue growth. Put it in your CV!

When does RYLA start?

Arrival/check-in time is from noon til 2pm on Thursday May 25th. The RYLA program will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday May 28th.

Can I attend RYLA a second time?

You may not enroll a second time as a Participant. However, you are eligible to return as a Facilitator. YAIL Graduates must wait a year before attending RYLA. For more information, contact us.

Do you make arrangements for those with special needs?

Please let us know on your application form if you require any special consideration, medication, diet, physical limitations, allergies, illnesses, etc.

Getting To RYLA

How do I get to RYLA?

Each candidate is responsible for transportation to and from the event. If you need assistance contact your sponsoring Rotary Club and if you still need help contact us and we will try get you into a carpool.

RYLA address: 8444 Mt Baker Hwy. Deming, Washington, USA 98244

Crossing the US/Canada Border. What’s required?

When crossing the border you are required to provide proof of citizenship, such as a passport, enhanced driver’s license or enhanced identification.

What you Should Bring to RYLA

Should I bring my smartphone or laptop

Why not enjoy some ‘down time’ away from all devices? You’ll find it quite refreshing!

There is little/no cell reception at the facility and no wifi. Parents / Guardians will be able to contact the Camp Office and, if necessary, Rotarians’ cell numbers will be given out in the event of an emergency.

We recognize that many people use their cell phones to take photographs but we will have someone taking photographs throughout the conference. We know that you will have your cell phones with you, please refrain from using them.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, towel and toiletries as well as an insulated travel mug.

And…bring an item that tells something about you. i.e. musical instrument, craft, hobby, special interest, vocation etc. You may wish to use the item when introducing yourself on Thursday evening.

What type of clothing should I bring?

Casual clothing is suitable for all activities. You should have clothing and footwear appropriate for athletic activities, cold weather and / or rain. Sometimes outdoor activities can be very messy, some old clothes that you don’t mind getting really muddy/ruined would be a good idea.