2018 RYLA Conference: April 20th - 22nd, 2018


Why become a Facilitator?

What are the requirements to be a Facilitator?

RYLA Timeline

How do I become a Facilitator?

Facilitator Application

Facilitator Manual

Bus Instruction Sheet

Map to Idyllwild Pines

Map of Idyllwild Pines

RYLA Brochure


Why become a Facilitator?

One of the great joys of being a Rotarian is to share your vision of leadership and service with young people. RYLA gives you the opportunity to participate in leadership, learning, and fellowship activities with some of the District’s finest high school juniors.

Families are the essence of the RYLA conference. Participants will be divided into families to provide a more intimate learning and sharing experience. Each family consists of a Rotarian Facilitator and up to 10 students from different high schools throughout our Rotary District. The family will become a close knit community as a result of working together and sharing ideas after each major presentation and activity.

The process of facilitation is to guide or lead the family as it reflects on an experience, whether that experience was a speaker, a workshop, or an activity. Effective facilitation enables students to share perspectives on a common experience through a productive dialog and then develop behavioral changes through enriched communication, trust, and teamwork.

Being a RYLA Facilitator is often described as one of the high points in a Rotarian's life! Don’t miss this unique service opportunity.

What are the requirements to be a Facilitator?

There are no formal requirements to be a Facilitator other than you must be a Rotarian. However, it is highly recommended that you:

     -  Be in good health.

     -  Be in good physical condition and able, if necessary, to endure: Physical activities on "rough" terrain, including hills, gravelly inclines, and uneven meadows; hot sun; rain; snow; and all at 5,000 ft. of elevation with decreased oxygen.

     -  Be willing and able to leave concerns about work and other obligations at home and be laser focused on the RYLA activities.

     -  Be interested in working closely for 3 days with young people age 16-17.

     -  Have a positive attitude and want to have fun!

How do I become a Facilitator?

1.      Check your personal calendar against the RYLA Timeline to insure that you will be available to participate in all facilitator activities (i.e., Orientation, the entire RYLA conference, etc.).

2.      Enter all the relevant RYLA dates on your personal calendar.

3.      The District 5340 Youth Protection Policy and Rotary’s insurance program require that a Rotarian must go through the Youth Certification process every year before he or she is allowed to participate in RYLA. To become Youth Certified, you must go to the Youth Certification page of the District website and follow the instructions. Additional information about the District 5340 Youth Protection Policy and becoming certified to work with youth can be found on the Youth Certification page.

4.      Complete the online Facilitator Application and click on “Submit.”

5.      Print the entire application that appears when you submit your online information, legibly fill in the additional information requested, and sign the application.

6.      Mail the Facilitator Application to the Facilitator Coordinator at the address on the Facilitator Application.

7.      Submission of an application is not a guarantee that you will be a Facilitator. You will be contacted by the Facilitator Coordinator who will select Facilitators and Alternates.

8.      If selected to be a Facilitator or an Alternate, you must read pages 3-14 and Appendix E of the Facilitator Manual prior to attending Facilitator Orientation. The Manual has essential information for new and experienced Facilitators and it will answer many of your questions.

9.      Every Rotarian selected to be Facilitator, and any Alternate wishing to fill-in for a Facilitator who can't make it to RYLA, must attend Facilitator Orientationon on the date specified in the RYLA Timeline. The only exception is if you are a returning Facilitator, you have an emergency, and you have received permission from the Facilitator Coordinator to miss Orientation. In order to establish camaraderie among the Facilitators and to lend your expertise to the training session, experienced Facilitators are expected to attend Orientation except in the case of a personal emergency.

10.     Attend RYLA and have the time of your life!