Campers

CONGRATULATIONS!

You made a great decision to apply for Camp RYLA – maybe you’ve already been chosen to attend camp this year!
Find everything you need to know below.


WHERE IS CAMP RYLA LOCATED?

RYLA 5830 is hosted at Clements Scout Ranch.
11217 FM 2970
Athens, TX 75751

HOW WILL I GET TO CAMP?
A representative of the Rotary Club that selected you will provide transportation to and from the camp. Registration starts at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, so you will need to work with your Rotary Club Coordinator and school counselor to arrange leaving school early that day. The camp concludes at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. If for any reason you cannot make it to the camp by the starting time, please contact your club sponsor or the RYLA Registrar so that another student can be selected.

WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
Your sleeping accommodations will be in modern cabins with electricity, heating, and A/C. You will have a clean bed or cot, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow or twin size bedding.

WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD?
Meals are professionally prepared, tasty, and nutritious. Because of the long, strenuous days, you have three square meals and snacks. If you require special dietary restrictions, please provide that information to your Rotary Club Coordinator.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING AT CAMP?
Days are long and full of activity at RYLA. You will be participating in a number of physical and mental challenges with a team that you will get to know very well throughout the weekend. You will also have the opportunity to hear from some top local leadership speakers. Your timely and active participation in all activities is required, though each physical challenge is done by your choice.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE AT CAMP?
It is important that all camp attendees dress appropriately for their safety and to represent themselves as the leaders they are. Please stick to denim and cotton/cotton-blend materials. Nylon will not be allowed during Sunday activities. Short shorts (such as Nike shorts and Soffees) will not be allowed. Spaghetti straps and low-cut tops will not be allowed. All footwear should be closed-toe and appropriate for light athletic activity, i.e. tennis shoes or hiking boots.

HOW ARE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES HANDLED AT THE CAMP?
RYLA has a camp nurse (RN, EMT, or related) on staff at each session. The staff at Clements Scout Ranch is also experienced in handling the medical needs of its visitors. Each student’s physical safety is a top priority and necessary medical assistance is readily available. All students will be covered by supplemental insurance provided by the Boy Scouts of America. Please fill out the enclosed medical release/informed consent form and bring it with you to the camp.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR CAMP?
The below are items we recommend you bring to camp based on feedback from past campers. Keep in mind that you will spend a large amount of time outdoors.

  • Clothes that can easily be layered because we often experience varying weather at camp. All clothes and shoes should be those you don’t mind getting dirty.

    • 2-3 pairs of jeans

    • 2-3 shirts; you will receive a camp shirt upon your arrival

    • Warm coat and light jacket

    • Hat or beanie

    • Athletic shoes or hiking boots

    • Leather or leather-palmed gloves (like gardening or work gloves)

    • Warm gloves

  • Personal care items

    • Soap, shampoo, etc.

    • Towel

    • Lip balm

    • Hand warmers

    • Prescription medications

  • Sleeping bag and pillow

  • Water bottle

  • Sunscreen

  • Flashlight

  • Small backpack to carry water bottle, flashlight, jacket, etc.

DO NOT PACK

  • Electronics such as cell phones, laptops, etc.

  • Jewelry (this can be dangerous in many of our activities)

  • Alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products

  • Knives, firearms, or weapons of any kind