2019 Camp Dates

Staff Training
January 25-27, 2019
Session 1
February 8-10, 2019
Session 2
February 22-24, 2019

RYLArian Creed

I am a RYLArian.
Uncompromising integrity is my standard.
My character and my honor are steadfast.
My word is my bond. I lead by example in all situations.

RYLA (Rotary Leadership Youth Award) camp is a youth leadership camp for high school juniors hosted each February by Rotary District 5830. The camp focuses on building 8 core leadership traits in the students who attend from across Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma.

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

The leadership traits we focus on are:






Problem Solving

Decision Making


Each camper who attends RYLA is selected through an application process that may vary from club to club. These Rotary Clubs then sponsor selected students by providing full funding and transportation for attendees.

RYLA scholarships are reserved for applicants who are in their junior year of high school at the time of camp, have shown leadership skills and potential in their schools and/or communities, and are able to attend the full weekend of camp.

Camp is planned thoughtfully by a board of directors made up of District 5830 Rotarians as well as RYLA alumni who have gone on to become Rotarians in their respective districts. Staffing is provided by Rotarian volunteers as well as select RYLA alumni who showed top leadership potential during their time as campers and have continued to exemplify the 8 leadership traits of focus in their lives and at camp.