Sarah Reid, RYLA Experiences on Tuesday 17th November

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this programme.

Jimmy Burwood, sarah Reid & Jimmy Begg

Jimmy Burwood, Sarah Reid & Jimmy Begg

Young people aged 14–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club’s district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event’s curriculum.

The Rotary Club of Ayr sponsor a young person each year to attend Auchengillan, Blanefield, Glasgow, a 120 acre site, outdoor centre, owned by Clyde Regional Scout Council, a non profit organisation which has 80 years of providing a wide range of activities for Scouts and other voluntary groups.

Sarah Reid from Troon Academy, accepted Ayr Rotary’s invitation this year, to participate in RYLA during July and she came to the Club on Tuesday evening to present on her week long experiences. Leadership skills, a sense of pride in achievement, being a useful member of society, were all areas of personal development which Sarah embraced with enthusiasm. In addition, she continued, all 20 students lived by the six C’s principals of Commitment, Communication, Character, Competition, Confidence & Courage.

Sarah through the hoop, with a little help

Sarah through the hoop, with a little help

Through many fun and challenging outdoor activities, said Sarah, she and her fellow participants, boys and girls, helped each other achieve successes while building strong friendship bonds over the week. Bubble water walking, abseiling, canoeing, tower climbing and raft building and testing, were all included in the tasks to be performed both as individuals and teams. Sarah concluded by confirming she had had an initial fear in attending Auchengillan, but was genuinely grateful and pleased to have been nominated to experience a wonderfully enriching event.

(Dr) Jimmy Begg delivered the vote of thanks.

Sarah canoeing on a dry day

Sarah canoeing on a dry day