Rotary initiative is a great experience

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a programme for young people which was officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971.

The objective of the camp RYLA project can be expressed by the six C’s - Commitment, communication, character, competition, confidence, courage.

Pupils James Beattie and Alannah Coupar of Forfar Academy were the two pupils Forfar Rotary sent on the RYLA trip this year and had been selected because they had shown leadership qualities which would be further developed during the course.

The RYLA week is designed to develop the leadership qualities by providing an intensive and challenging programme, with all participants taking the lead at some point during the week.

Each morning for an hour following breakfast, a speaker who held a prominent position in the community and who had been successful in their own field of expertise gave a talk.

After the speaker there would be a number of activities including hill walking, abernethy challenge, swimming and sports competitions, gorge walking, rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and raft building. All instruction for the day time activities was given by fully qualified members of staff of the Abernethy Trust.

Having outlined the programme, James and Allanah spoke of their own experiences and about how much they took from meeting up with other like minded participants and the benefits of the whole experience.

They are certain to urge others to take up the opportunity in the future should other pupils be given the opportunity to take part in this challenging and exhilarating experience.

President Mike Cumming thanked them both for coming back to the club to relate their individual thoughts and wished them both well in their future endeavours as they both represented Forfar Academy and Forfar Rotary with distinction.