Dear Students and Families,
Since 1969, the RYLA Northwest program has had the honor and privilege to teach leadership development to over 5400 students. In 2020 and 2021, we took the program online and explored leadership in a virtual environment. We are excited to return to in-person programming. As part of the return to in-person programming, students and staff are required to comply with pandemic regulations in order to attend.
The RYLA Northwest Committee
How do I register?
A link will be emailed to you that takes you through the registration process. Please make sure your Rotarian/Contact person has submitted your name and email address. If you have any questions contact Stacia Marshall at email@example.com.
All registrations forms will be completed, signed and submitted via the internet.
Where do I go?
RYLA Northwest 2022 will be held at at YMCA Camp Colman (20016 Bay Rd SW, Longbranch, WA 98351). Check in will be June 8 at 12-1pm. If interested, please contact your Rotary Club to discuss coordinated transport with other local students. If you don’t know who your Rotary contact is, please email Executive Director Stacia Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can students drive themselves?
We highly encourage carpooling and/or drop-off. There is limited space for parking, so we discourage students driving themselves.
What should I pack?
A packing list for 2022 can be found in the Family and Student Guide – RYLA Northwest 2022.
Can I visit my student while they are at the RYLA Northwest conference?
Parents or guardians are allowed to enter camp only in the case of medical emergencies or when needed to bring home a student early. Visitors are not allowed at Camp Colman.
What kind of leadership activities will we be working on?
Of the many leadership theories available, our program is based on “servant leadership.” This theory can be found in books like Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last and Turn the Ship Around by David Marquet. Since servant leadership is focused on the role of the leader within a team, there will be team building activities and challenges to practice these ideas.
Can students from the same school be assigned to the same cabin and/or small group?
Students who know each other might be assigned to the same cabin, but will likely not be assigned to the same small group. We purposely sort students from the same schools into different small groups. Students will practice leadership skills in small groups with students who they don’t know.
What are sleeping and showering arrangements?
Each student will be assigned a bunk bed in a cabin. Each cabin holds 12-14 people, and two RYLA Northwest staff members will sleep in each cabin with the students. All students will have at least six feet physical distance from other students’ heads in cabins. Each cabin has separate, private bathing and bathroom facilities. Students may shower at night before bed or in the morning before breakfast. RYLA Northwest plans to offer students the option of a same gender or mixed gender cabin, based on their preferences. Students should bring sleeping bags or sheets/blankets (see the packing list above).
What do meal times and options look like?
YMCA Camp Colman serves nutritious, well-balanced meals. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be served at roughly 8:30, noon, and 6pm each day. A vegetarian option is available at every meal for vegetarian campers. Healthy snacks consisting of fruit and other items served in the afternoon. Water consumption is encouraged throughout the day. We have been informed that they prepare meals that are flexible enough to accommodate food restrictions. If a student has more than one food restriction or allergy, the options will become more limited. If you have concerns, please reach out to us. Students are permitted to bring food/snacks to supplement the meals provided by Camp Colman. Camp Colman is a peanut-free facility, so please do not bring any items with peanuts. If you have concerns about food restrictions or allergies, please contact us.
Is RYLA Northwest safe?
Safety is one of the core values of the program. YMCA Camp Colman and RYLA Northwest embrace a “challenge by choice” curriculum. We ask each student to set goals that match their comfort and skills, and support them in reaching that goal. What does that mean? Not every student is expected to reach the top of the climbing wall, but to set a goal that is challenging for them.
RYLA Northwest follows the robust youth protection policies of Rotary International, which you can read about on the Youth Protection page. RYLA Northwest policy prohibits hazing, harassment, or bullying. We offer a variety of cabin arrangements so that all students feel safe.
Will RYLA staff take students’ medication and administer them?
Students may bring prescription and non-prescription medication. In the registration form we ask for information about medications so that we can provide medical care if needed; we will not collect/dispense medicines. RYLA Northwest is an alcohol- and drug-free program, so we request that medications arrive in their original packaging for identification purposes. If you have concerns about any health conditions, please contact us.
Can students keep their cell phone on them? Can they carry a small backpack w/ water, etc?
We highly encourage students to bring a water bottle, and to carry however they see fit. Students may also want to bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Students may bring phones, but there is limited cell coverage at the conference site. In addition, we encourage students to disconnect and fully jump into meeting other students and participating in the activities.
Will it be a fully structured day, or will there be any free time? What’s the agenda for the conference?
Programming is scheduled from approximately 8am until 10pm each day. There will be one hour each day for students to select to either study in the cafeteria (the only space with wifi) or participate in activities (e.g., archery). The complete schedule can be found here.
When does the conference end? Can my student leave early?
Check out is at 11am on Saturday, June 11. Of course, students may leave early (for instance, for the ACT or graduation), but we request to be informed so we can keep track of all students.
What’s the best way to reach RYLA Northwest staff at Camp Colman?
Please reach out to Executive Director Stacia Marshall at email@example.com. We have been advised by YMCA Camp Colman staff not to use the phone numbers listed on the Camp Colman website, because they are answered by YMCA staff located offsite.