Leadership & Development Programs



When | Tuesday, 23 January 2024 - Sunday, 28 January 2024
Where | Bornhoffen PCYC, 3510 Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge  QLD  4211
Who | Ages 19-29
Cost | $675


Whilst our 2023 camp is over for another year, we are accepting expressions of interest for our 2024 camp now!  By registering via the link below you will get first notice of applications opening later this year.  So, what are you waiting for?



RYLA is one of those "once-in-a-lifetime"  experiences which truly has a lasting impact on your life.  The high intensity seminar is filled to the brim with Australia's leading inspirational and motivational guest speakers, who give up their time purely based on the benefits they see every year for those attending.


RYLA is a personal, professional development seminar program for young people aged between 19-29. The program is delivered at a 6 day residential camp. It focuses on enhancing leadership, communication, motivation, teamwork and interpersonal skills as well as building self-awareness of mental health and well-being, knowledge of a sense of community and a sense of belonging.

Participants will hear from inspiring guest speakers and participate in activities that will challenge them on many different levels.

Read below for more information on the program and how to secure your spot at the next camp.  You can also email us or follow our Facebook page.


Applicants are generally sponsored by a local Rotary Club or other organisation (e.g. employer) who may also be able to provide financial sponsorship to attend.  All applicants must also contribute a $100 non-refundable deposit.
The application process is now closed for the 2023 camp - the instructions below are an indication of the standard application process
Rotary Club Support (if applicable)
If you are being sponsored by a Rotary Club, these Clubs may also be able to provide support on the cost to attend.
You can start by contacting your local Rotary Club (a list of clubs and contacts can be found here) to endorse your application. They will need to provide you with a contact person at the club and their email and phone number to complete Step 2 (usually this is the club's Youth Director).  They may also refer you to another club if they are unable to assist.  If you are having any issues please email us at
Secondly, you should agree any financial sponsorship arrangements with the club endorsing your application. You and the club may find it useful to complete a Financial Sponsorship Agreement.  This form does not need to be submitted with your application but is a record for you, your parents  / guardians and the club
Pay Deposit & Complete Application Form
Pay your deposit and complete the application form by clicking each of the links below -
  1. DEPOSIT PAYMENT (a $100 non-refundable deposit must be provided by all applicants).
  2. APPLICATION FORM - Click the link to complete and submit the application form (collects contact and other details of you, details of your sponsorship arrangements as well as details of any medical conditions and dietary requirements, and an insurance declaration).  Please have Medicare and Private Health Insurance details handy before completing the form.  Once submitted, an email approval will be generated for your sponsor to approve by clicking the link on the email sent to them.
IMPORTANT: Your application will not be complete until the following are done -
  • Deposit has been paid
  • Application form has been submitted and approved


What can I expect?
To be able to tap in to your true potential and discover what you really are capable of. You will meet other like minded youth, be inspired and experience life from a new perspective.
Who can go?
RYLA is designed for anyone aged 19-29.  Rotary Clubs and other other organisations may be able to offer financial sponsorship, reducing any barriers on attendance.  If cost is an issue, please feel free to email us to discuss the options available.
How is payment made?
You will need to pay the $100 deposit as per the application process.  Your sponsoring Rotary Club or other organisation are invoiced the balance.  As noted above in the application process details, any additional co-contribution payable (if applicable) should be negotiated with that organisation upfront..
Please note that refunds are not available within 2 weeks of the camp start date, unless exceptional circumstances apply.  As a result, if you do not attend without at least 2 weeks prior notice then the sponsor club may require you to offset the cost incurred.
What should I bring with me to camp?
All confirmed attendees will be emailed a packing list prior to camp.
What are the start & finish times?
The camp commences at 10:30am (QLD time) on the first day and finishes at 2:30pm (QLD time) on the final day.
Who runs RYLA?
Rotarians from our District, along with alumni from past RYLA camps and other youth programs volunteer their time to run RYLA each year.  RYLA is not run for profit but is part of Rotary's commitment to developing future leaders and equipping youth to face the challenges that life provides.
What protection policies are in place?
There are minimum of two trained First Aid officers on every camp.  In addition most volunteers will have undertaken Mental Health awareness training.  Rotary also operates under strict Youth Protection Guidelines. 
What about diversity, equity and inclusion?
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Any further questions?
Feel free to email us at or call the District Program Chair, Anthony Zirilli on 0407 194 509.


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