Rotary Club of Reading

Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2016

RYLA

View from Barmouth Slabs

The week began with a classroom based session where they discussed their aims and objectives for the week and under what conditions learning is best done. The importance of working as a team was covered before the first big team building exercise - The Gorge Walk - a trip up a gorge with a barrel containing 3 raw eggs and covered in newspaper. The objective was to get the barrel to the top of the gorge with eggs intact and the paper dry. Interesting and with more water in the gorge than is usual at this time of year very wet. Amazingly the team I accompanied got the barrel up dry and broke only one egg. No other barrel remained dry!
The next day saw another classroom session developing leadership types and skills followed by more team building with the making of coracles and paddling them out onto Bala lake round a buoy and back to the beach. I have learnt from past years to go round on the first trip to stand any chance of staying dry and for the second year running did just that.
Two days were then spent learning skills including fine navigation, safe canoeing, sailing, abseiling, mine navigation and camp craft. A lot to take in especially how to set up an abseil and how to rig and sail a Drascombe lugger.
The expedition followed and as always some groups struggled with timing and, having gone to the slate mine to meet a group, Shirley Chard (Maiden Erlegh Inner Wheel) and I had an hour wait as the group were running that late. It was not helped by getting lost in the mine!
An enjoyable and successful week both for Shirley, myself and most importantly the candidates. I am looking forward to their presentation.
Geoff.

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