Posted by Past District Governor Mark Chipman

The 2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS) is taking place, May 11-14, 2022 at the Ganaraska Forest Centre!  The 3-night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program including: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Reconciliation and Land Based Education, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with campfires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!!  All this for only $375 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals.  Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host.  There are only 30 spots available! 

Applications and further information for RYLS 2023 can now be found at this link: Due date for submission HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2023.  Online applications and further details are now available on the Rotary District 7070 website and all District social media.  Please Read more.....  

Rotary District 7070 is excited to announce the 2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium, May 11-14, 2023, taking place at the beautiful Ganaraska Forest Centre, an environmentally sensitive, overnight outdoor education facility located in the heart of the majestic Ganaraska Forest just north of Port Hope!

The 3-night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,
Reconciliation and Land Based Education
Hands-on Activities
Group Dynamics
Public Speaking
Outdoor Survival
GPS Geocache adventures
along with campfires, friendships and tons of fun and learning!!!


All this for only $375 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals. Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host. 
There are only 30 spots available so act fast! 



To empower young leaders to develop new skills and take action.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (formerly RYLA) of Rotary District 7070 gathers youth ranging from ages 17 to 23 for an immersive program focused on diversity, leadership, and action.


Commitment by the RYLS Participant:

Join a meeting of the sponsoring club prior to attending RYLS to meet Rotarians and learn about Rotary.

Upon completion of RYLS, return to the sponsoring Rotary to address the Rotarians about his/her RYLS experience.


The RYLS program requires selflessness, self-awareness and previously exhibited leadership qualities. In order to benefit from the lectures, activities and tasks of the program, candidates selected for the RYLS program need the ability to communicate effectively and to work well with other young people.
The principles of adult education are assumed and applied. Therefore a degree of academic maturity is required.

Candidates in the 17 to 23 age group and who are attending high school, college, university or who are employed full-time are most suited to the program.

Potential candidates must have demonstrated leadership and the willingness to participate in their community through active involvement in Rotaract, school clubs and/or other volunteer organizations.
Simulated games designed as a thought-provoking series of action-oriented activities

Small group discussions on the thought process and behaviors that surface from the lectures and simulations

An opportunity to discuss individual and group issues and concerns

Structured recreational activities

Leisure activities and fellowship


Accepted participants should arrange to arrive directly at the Ganaraska Forest Centre just north of Clarington.

Address:     10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd, Campbellcroft, ON L0A 1B0.
Phone:        905-885-8173
Application due date, formal acceptance and payment:


Applications are due no later than MARCH 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

The application is completed by the applicant online via a Google form. The link is provided below. 

If the candidate is accepted to attend RYLS 2023, an email will be sent back to the contact of the sponsoring Rotary Club shortly after the March 31, 2023 application deadline. 

The Rotary Club will need to provide payment of $375 via e-transfer (details will be provided in acceptance email) by 5:00pm April 14, 2023. Note that this money covers food for the weekend, accommodation at the Ganaraska Forest Centre, all activities as well as costs for the Ganaraska staff during the Symposium.  

NOTE: Non payment will cancel the application and the spot will be offered to the next in line on the wait list.

The application includes an essay assignment that will be uploaded as part of the application.

(Max 250 words)

Please pick one of the three following questions to answer:

1. Is diversity important? Why or why not?
2. What does leadership mean to you?
3. How would RYLS benefit you at this stage in your life?


Mark Chipman
RYLS Chair (Rotarian)
Past District Governor