Learn­ing lead­er­ship skills

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Four Kirkcud­bright Academy pupils at­tended this year’s Ro­tary Youth Lead­er­ship Award.

The award takes place at an out­door ac­tiv­ity cen­tre lo­cated on the south shore of Loch Tay, sur­rounded by moun­tains in a dra­matic land­scape.

The cen­tre is owned by the Aber­nethy Trust whose staff are ap­pro­pri­ately qual­i­fied in the range of ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided.

The aim of RYLA is to give young peo­ple first hand ex­pe­ri­ence of lead­er­ship. The RYLA del­e­gates are split into small groups of six or there­abouts, gen­er­ally of young­sters who have not met be­fore.

Each day a dif­fer­ent group mem­ber be­comes the leader, hence all have the chance of both be­ing the leader and of be­ing a team mem­ber.

Un­der qual­i­fied su­per­vi­sion the groups are set a series a chal­lenges, ne­go­ti­at­ing a high ropes course, raft build­ing on the loch, gorge walk­ing and moun­tain climb­ing.

Through­out each group works with the en­cour­age­ment and sup­port of a Ro­tar­ian men­tor.

After the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties there is plenty of time to so­cialise and re­cover.

The Kirkcud­bright RYLA team of Is­abel Cor­rie, So­phie Hall, Jas­mine Hall and Hazel Sur­tees re­cently gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to the town’s Ro­tary club about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

They en­ter­tained and im­pressed mem­bers with their rec­ol­lec­tions of the chal­lenges they had met.

It was clear that each one had been taken a lit­tle be­yond their nor­mal com­fort zone and had learnt a lot about them­selves in the process.

This is the true value of the RYLA ex­pe­ri­ence, to in­crease the self-es­teem and self-con­fi­dence of the young peo­ple tak­ing part.

Ad­ven­tur­ers The pupils who at­tended the award pro­gramme

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