Rotary Club of Reading

2016 RYLA Candidates Receive Their Certificates

Emma & Damien

Emma & Damien

Carole with Emma & Damien

Carole with Emma & Damien

Having completed their week at Rhos y Gwaliau Outdoor Centre, RYLA candidates visit their sponsoring Rotary Club to tell of their experiences and receive certificates showing that they have successfully completed the course. Emma and Damien decided upon a joint presentation and from the start it was obvious that their experience had been enjoyable as well as valuable. After a day of getting to know the other members of their respective teams and learning about the dynamics of teams, the week consisted of team tasks, with individual members taking turns to be leader. The waterborne tasks included canoeing, sailing and coracle building, not to mention wading up a gorge carrying a precious cargo of eggs (on no account to be broken). On land, navigation with map and compass loomed large, while other exercises included overnight camping, exploring disused slate mines, abseiling and climbing some very scary ropes.
In summary Emma felt that she had grown in self-confidence as a result of her RYLA week, while Damien was pleased to attribute his recent promotion at work at least in part to RYLA.
Giving the vote of thanks Charles Hubbard congratulated the two RYLA candidates (should they now be called graduates?) on the high quality of their presentation. He also mentioned the significant contribution that our Club makes to the RYLA scheme: Geoff Smith was District Administrator for ten years and his successor Carole Lowe has been carrying out that function for a similar period since. Both of them attend the week as RYLA Rotary Observers as have several other members of our Club.