Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a leadership training program sponsored by Rotary International that promotes, encourages and rewards outstanding young people who want to become better leaders. Utah RYLA focuses on participants who are high school sophomores and juniors.

RYLA consists of an all-expense paid three-day conference that brings together a special group of young men and women from across Utah to share ideas about becoming better leaders. Action-packed activities, like problem solving games, challenge course, group discussions and teambuilding activities, help participants build confidence and leadership skills.
This year the Davis High Rotary Club interviewed many candidates, with Kaysville Rotarian Keith Duncan heading this effort.  They will participate in RYLA September 17-20 at Heber Valley Girl's Camp
This is something the Kaysville Rotary Club looks forward to each year as we help to build future leaders from our community.
The candidates that were selected from Davis High School are:
Alyse Brimhall
Zach Bryan
Logan MacKay
Zoe Johnson
The Kaysville Rotary Club looks forward to them returning and reporting to our club and all that they learned at this year's RYLA.
If you would like to learn more about RYLA, check out the Utah Rotary District website at

What is RYLA?

RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  Participants are selected by a local Rotary Club to attend a conference designed to build character, leadership, personal development and good citizenship. The “Award” part of RYLA is the actual scholarship the Rotary Club provides so that a participant may attend camp. Many participants have had life-changing experiences by attending RYLA Camp, and YOU could be one of those people.

Rotary District 5420 has hosted Utah RYLA for more than 1,500 students since 2001. Using the Heber Valley campground facilities near Heber, Utah, RYLA has trained young leaders through activities, workshops, and a variety of presentations by speakers in business, government, and education.

The conference is a three-day experience full of outdoor activities such as a high/low ropes course and many other outdoor activities that emphasize teamwork and decision making. In addition, RYLA focuses on service and Rotary’s role in building stronger communities by emphasizing both local and global citizenship.

Why is RYLA for me?

RYLA stresses the fundamentals and ethics of good leadership, problem solving, group building, and the importance of positive self-confidence and self-esteem. To advance leadership skills, one must put themselves in situations that will methodically train them to be a better leader. Through RYLA, specific programs and activities have been carefully chosen to do just that. In addition to the leadership activities, there are lots of fun activities and social events.

Are these goals you would like to achieve for yourself? If so, apply to participate in RYLA and join the many students from across Utah who have already benefited as young leaders. For more information about applying, contact your local Rotary club.

Who is eligible?

  • Enrolled as a student or home-schooled in a community that is located within the state of Utah.
  • Students who will be sophomores or juniors in high school may apply.
  • A student can only attend only once as a participant.
  • Students selected must commit to full participation in the program and attend camp on all dates.
  • No late arrives to or early departures from RYLA camp will be allowed. No exceptions.
  • Participants must have a desire to develop and utilize leadership skills.
  • The number of students selected depends on the number of awards the local Rotary Club has available to give out for the year.
  • All students, regardless of their current grades in school or current stage of leadership development, are encouraged to apply. Having a parent or relative who is a Rotarian does not increase your likelihood of attending.