RYLA | Leadership & Development Program



When | 20-25 January 2025
Where | Bornhoffen PCYC, 3510 Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge  QLD  4211
Who | Ages 19-29
Cost | TBC


RYLA is one of those "once-in-a-lifetime"  experiences which truly has a lasting impact on your life.  The high intensity seminar is filled to the brim with Australia's leading inspirational and motivational guest speakers, who give up their time purely based on the benefits they see every year for those attending.


RYLA is a personal, professional development seminar program for young people aged between 19-29. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp. It focuses on enhancing leadership, communication, motivation, teamwork and interpersonal skills as well as building self-awareness of mental health and well-being, knowledge of a sense of community and a sense of belonging.

Participants will hear from inspiring guest speakers and participate in activities that will challenge them on many different levels.

Read below for more information on the program and how to secure your spot at the next camp.  You can also email us or follow our Facebook page.


The application process for the January 2025 camp will open in the second half of 2024 and the information below outlines the general process that will apply.
However, you can EXPRESS INTEREST now.
Step 1 - Financial Sponsorship
On the application form you have the option of selecting the Financial Sponsorship arrangement that applies to you.  Please make sure you have any information required before completing your application.  The options are -
  1. If you have agreed with your local Rotary or Rotaract Club (a list of clubs and contacts can be found here) to sponsor your application then please make sure you have their details, including a contact person at the club and their email and phone number (if you have it)
  2. If you do not have a sponsoring Rotary or Rotaract club and would like assistance, you can indicate that on your application and we will try to match you to a club.
  3. Finally, self funding or sponsorship by an organisation (such as your employer), is also an option - please make sure to have the details of the person (at least a name and email address) to whom any invoice should be sent.
Pay Deposit (opening second half of 2024)
A non-refundable $50 deposit must be provided by all applicants.  Please click on the link below to make your payment.
Complete Application Form (opening second half of 2024)
Click the link below to complete and submit the application form (collects contact and other details of you, details of your sponsorship arrangements as well as details of any medical conditions and dietary requirements, and an insurance declaration).  Please have Medicare and Private Health Insurance details handy before completing the form.  Once submitted, an email approval will be generated for your sponsor to approve by clicking the link on the email sent to them.
IMPORTANT: Your application will not be complete until the following are done -
  • Deposit has been paid
  • Application form has been submitted and approved


What can I expect?
To be able to tap in to your true potential and discover what you really are capable of. You will meet other like minded youth, be inspired and experience life from a new perspective.
What is Rotary and who runs the camp?
RYLA is run by Rotary, is one of the worlds largest service organisations.  Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  We are a non-religious, non-political, organisation.  You can find our more about Rotary here.
Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. 
Rotary members from our District, along with alumni from past RYLA camps, volunteer their time to run RYLA each year.  RYLA is not run for profit but is part of Rotary's commitment to developing future leaders and equipping youth to face the challenges that life provides.
Who can go?
RYLA is designed for anyone aged 19-29.  Rotary or Rotaract Clubs and other other organisations may be able to offer financial sponsorship, reducing any barriers on attendance.  If cost is an issue, please feel free to email us to discuss the options available.
How is payment made?
You will need to pay the $50 deposit as per the application process.  Unless you are self-sponsoring, in which case any invoice will be sent to you directly, your sponsoring Rotary or Rotaract Club or other organisation are invoiced the balance.  As noted above in the application process details, any additional co-contribution payable (if applicable) should be negotiated with tan sponsors upfront..
Please note that refunds are not available within 2 weeks of the camp start date, unless exceptional circumstances apply.  As a result, if you do not attend without at least 2 weeks prior notice then the sponsor may require you to offset the cost incurred.
What should I bring with me to camp?
All confirmed attendees will be emailed a packing list prior to camp.
What are the start & finish times?
The camp commences at 10:30am (QLD time) on the first day and finishes at 2:30pm (QLD time) on the final day.
What protection policies are in place?
There are minimum of two trained First Aid officers on every camp.  In addition most volunteers will have undertaken Mental Health awareness training.  Rotary also operates under strict Youth Protection Guidelines. 
Any further questions?
Feel free to email us at ryla@rotary9640.org or call the District Program Chair, Anthony Zirilli on 0407 194 509.