RYLA Castleton

RYLA at Castleton

Saturday 11th to Tuesday 14th February 2023

The RYLA course at Castleton is a ‘leadership course’ where we only use the outdoors as part of the tasks and challenges, and is not an outdoor adventure / activities course. Some of the activities do take place outdoors as part of the task given, so they need to bring suitable clothing and footwear.

Clubs are invited to send 2 candidates, one boy and one girl, aged between 15 and 17 (they must not be 18 by / on the date of the course) at a cost of £165.00 each. There are places for 12 girls and 12 boys.

The candidates should be young people who are the potential leaders of the future. In the past we have had people involved with Cadets, Scouts, Guides, schools or have shown that they are of leadership material in the future.May we suggest that your club interviews and selects the participants so that they are suitable for a leadership development course.

The participants will be given the tools to be able to deliver a presentation to your club, after completion of the RYLA course. A different participant takes the role of the ‘team leader’ for each task. After each task is completed, there is a debrief. This considers: how the team leader performed, leadership skills shown such as communication, delegation, adaptability, and any improvements that could have been made.

We feel that Castleton RYLA is similar to the Apprentice programme on the TV (but nobody gets fired!) where they take part in tasks after picking a ‘team leader’.

Hopefully your club will be able to see what a great opportunity this is for young people to develop leadership skills, and you will then sponsor candidates for the Castleton RYLA course in 2023.

Below, you will find a copy of the application form, and could I ask that these are returned by the 19th December 2022 please! We will then send the ‘Information and permission forms’ direct to the candidate by email (please ensure their email address is clear on the form).

Places for your club can be reserved with a payment of a £50 deposit per place – payments to Rotary District 1220 either by bank transfer (quoting RYLAC in the reference section) or by cheque to me at the above address. The balance will be due by the end of January 2023.

The course takes place at The Rotary Centre in Castleton in Derbyshire, shown on this website – www.rotarycentrecastleton.co.uk – on the ‘facilities’ page they will be able to see where they are staying.

We have run the course for the last 8 years and it has proved to be a great success. It is run by Rotarians, many of whom are teachers, past head teachers and Scout leaders.

Jeremy Holmes
Rotary Sheffield
(Centre Manager – The Rotary Centre Castleton)

Read about the “The longest running Rotary project in the world” in the Rotary GBI Magazine, online here.

Want to know what a previous one was like?

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