The Rotary Youth Leadership Award was held at Solid Rock Bible Camp this weekend, with students coming from all around Alaska and parts of Canada to develop their leadership skills. Here’s a sample of what they had to say…
Claire: “Last year I got a chance and it was super inspirational to be a participant and I wanted to use my leadership skills from last year to apply them to this year.”
Thomas: “Well I was recommended by my basketball coach. She told me about RYLA and I was interested and she convinced me to come here and I’m glad I did.”
Hannah: “I wasn’t sure what the theme was going to be, but I’m really glad it’s about peace and service, because that’s really important to me.”
Pegge Erkeneff with the local school district said the camp has a lasting impact on students.
Erkeneff: “Some of them didn’t know anybody else, and they’re willing to open themselves up for four days to learn about leadership, to explore really tough topics. The alumni this year chose suicide, they chose bullying, they chose eating disorders to talk about, and we’re going to do sessions. In addition, they wanted to do a lot with service, so on the third day, every single participant is going out into our local communities and engaging in service and service learning, and peace is a really big piece.”
The camp wrapped up Sunday afternoon, and organizers said they were excited to see students return to their communities with some new leadership skills.
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