Learning leadership skills
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