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I recently attended a RYLA which is a youth-led camp that ran from the 28th November -4th December 2009. At the camp we participated in a number of activities, listened to many great and at times very inspiring and thought-provoking speakers on topics surrounding leadership, personal development and community. I won’t dab too much into them as I do not wish to spoil the experience for any potential RYLArian participants.

Overall, it has been an experience is something that will not be easily forgotten; as it has been able to help me reflect and find my true sense of self. It has helped me to clarify and open myself up to new ideas and experiences that I had left dominant or in an uneasy and/or uncertain stage beforehand. I have felt as though many of my future ambitions, dreams and goals were reaffirmed, made clearer and as though I have realised some of the support and courage from within that I needed to continue pursuing these ambitions.

It seems apparent to me now that it had been a welcome break, a welcome step away from my day-to-day life, with a step back towards reflecting on what has been in my life, and a step forward towards my present life and envisioning what the future may lie for me – which is what I will make of it.

The entire time and experience that has been spent at this vibrant, friendly and always accommodating camp has allows us (young participants and facilitators) to work together towards achieving that award – the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA).

So for any fellow and potential RYLA participants reading this, please take the experience as a place where you can take the time to reflect, take a deep look at one self and make new wonderful lifelong friends...

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