Frequently Asked Questions

[toggle title=”Who can volunteer?”]

  • Head Junior Counselor – A student who previously attended RYLA in the last three years who has served two years as a Junior Counselor.
  • Junior Counselor – A student who previously attended Great Plains RYLA preferably within the last 3 years. Can volunteer for up to two years after RYLA. 
  • Senior Counselor – Any Rotarian with or without prior RYLA experience. 

[/toggle]
[toggle title=”What are the responsibilities of those who volunteer?”]
Junior Counselors:

  • You must have attended RYLA as a participant.
  • Must be at 21 years of age or younger.
  • Must agree to complete a criminal background check upon acceptance as a Junior Counselor if you are 18 years of age or older at the time of the first day of RYLA (3rd Week in July).
  • Must attend all dates of Great Plains RYLA (Beginning in the early evening of the 3rd Tuesday in July for five days. Ends in mid-afternoon on day five; no late arrivals or leaving early).
  • The two major needs for Junior Counselors are to enable young adults to continue their leadership development and to ensure the fulfillment of the goals for the RYLA participants. 
  • Attend mandatory Counselor Training session (dates to be announced), located at a central location for all staff. 

Senior Counselors:

  • You must be a Rotarian in good standing with your club or be recommended by a Rotarian in District 5630 or District 5610
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older
  • Must agree to complete a criminal background check upon acceptance as a Senior Counselor.
  • Must attend all dates of Great Plains RYLA (Beginning in the early morning of the 3rd Week in July for five days. Ends in mid-afternoon on day five; no late arrivals or leaving early).
  • The two major needs for Senior Counselors are to enable young adults to continue their leadership development and to ensure the fulfillment of the goals for the RYLA participants.
  • Have demonstrated excellent leadership skills and the ability to motivate youth.
  • Support and stay in communication with the junior counselor you are paired with to develop your team dynamic as well as the individual RYLArian’s skills.
  • Attend all activities with you team.
  • Oversee the safety of the junior counselor and the team.
  • Help make connections between RYLA and Rotary.
  • Serve as a mentor to the junior counselor and the RYLArian’s.
  • Enforce team rules and implement necessary consequences. Any issues that extend beyond group dynamics need to be reported to the RYLA chair.
  • Assist the junior counselor in facilitating all activities and group discussions as necessary.
  • Accomplish any tasks that require leaving the group temporarily; the junior counselor should never leave the team.
  • Maintain communication with the RYLA chair.
  • Attend mandatory Counselor Training session (dates to be announced), located at a central location for all staff. 

[/toggle]

[toggle title=”How much does it costs to volunteer?”]
There is no cost to volunteer other than transportation to and from camp and any meals on the way up and the way back. Also the cost to drive to and from training. Any other costs associated with serving as a volunteer are included as a part of the student fees to attend.
[/toggle]
[toggle title=”What kind of previous experience do I need to have?”]
Those wanting to serve as a Senior Counselors need to have no prior experience. Those with no experience will be matched up with a Junior Counselor with previous experience.

Those wnting to serve as Junior Counselors need to have no prior experience other than just having attended RYLA within the last 3 years.
[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Additonal Questions?”]
If you have questions, you may direct them to the Rotary Club RYLA Chair in your community. If you are unable to reach that individual or have questions they cannot answer, you may contact the Great Plains RYLA Chair

[/toggle]

 

[print_link]

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?

  • Applications must be complete online! No other form of submission will be accepted
  • Application must be completed online on or before March 31 .
  • For further information or questions, contact the Rotary Club RYLA Representative for your community or the RYLA Chair.

Who is eligible?

  • Enrolled as a student or home-schooled within the boundaries of Rotary District 5630 which extends from Grand Island, NE in the east, Kimball, NE in the West and from the South Dakota to Kansas boarders in the North and South and all points in between
  • Enrolled as a student or home-schooled within the boundaries of Rotary District 5610
  • Currently a sophomore or junior in high school may apply. Due to the cancellation of RYLA 2020 – graduating seniors who were accepted for RYLA 2020 will be eligible to attend RYLA 2021.
  • A student applying during their sophomore year who is not accepted may reapply during their junior year.
  • A student can only attend as a participant once.
  • Students selected must commit to full participation in the program and attend camp on all dates.
  • No late arrives to or early departures from RYLA camp will be allowed. No exceptions.
  • Participants must have a desire to develop and utilize leadership skills.
  • The number of students selected depends on the number of awards the local Rotary Club has available to give out for the year.
  • All students, regardless of their current GPA in school or current stage of leadership development, are encouraged to apply. Having a parent or relative who is a Rotarian does not increase your likelihood of attending.

How are candidates selected?
The local Rotary Club in each community will review applications in confidence. Each student will be invited to an interview with local Rotarians which will take place sometime in the month of March. The number of students selected from each community will depend on the number of awards the local Rotary Club has to give out. All applicants will be notified in writing no later than April 15 of their acceptance in the program.

What will be expected of me?
Students who are selected to participate will submit a health history including a physical that must have been taken within one year prior to the last day of RYLA. Health histories and physicals are due no later than June 1.
Please examine your calendar and consider your availability before submitting your application. You must attend all days of camp RYLA. Camp begins at 11:00 am on July 13, 2021 and ends around 12:00 pm on July 18, 2021. Students selected should understand that if they back out of RYLA, the local Rotary Club will not be refunded the money for their award, and the applicant and parents will be responsible for 1/2 total participation fee to their sponsoring club. Selected students are expected to make a presentation to the Rotary Club that gave them the award and to assist in additional program presentations, as the student’s schedule will allow, during the year following the student’s attendance at RYLA. Selected students will also be expected to do a leadership project upon coming back to from RYLA.

What is the cost?
Participation in RYLA program has no cost to the individual participants. The funding for each award is provided by the local Rotary Club and has a value of $400 per participant. 

What should I pack?
RYLA-Camper-Packing-List

When and where will RYLA Camp be held?
Great Plains RYLA begins on the 3rd Tuesday of each July and ends the following Sunday. Camp begins at 11:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm. Great Plains RYLA will take place at the Nebraska State 4-H campground facilities near Halsey, Nebraska.

2021 dates – July 13-18

What kind of transportation is available?
Rotarians will work with students to make sure they are able to get to and from Great Plains RYLA. Students are not allowed to drive themselves to or from camp or have a vehicle at camp.

Where is my local Rotary Club?
Local Rotary Club information can be obtained by contacting your nearest RYLA Representative.

Additonal Questions?
If you have additional questions, you may direct them to the Rotary Club RYLA Representative in your community. If you are unable to reach that individual or have questions they cannot answer, you may contact the a member of Great Plains RYLA Committee