The season for RYLA camps (Pinerock in Prescott in January and Ponderosa in Heber in April) has come to an end for this Rotary year with the completion of RYLA Ponderosa program April 5-8. Students from all over District 5495 attended—72 delegates strong—ready to challenge themselves, develop leadership skills and learn what it means to work as a team. The program was a huge success. The spirit of RYLA still lingers in the air.
This camp participated for the very first time in the Kids Against Hunger project, a food packing service project, conducted by Manzanita Outreach from Cottonwood (RYLA Pinerock has participated in this project for several years). The packed food was picked up by St John’s Food Bank to be distributed to people in need in Apache County. The delegates who packed food found out that this county has the highest percentage of malnourished people in the USA.
Our new Rotary district, 5495, is almost a year old. During this first year, our two RYLA camps have worked together to enhance resources, share ideas and provide our students with the very best experiences possible. Our two camps together served 218 high school students, 16 inbound Rotary youth exchange students and packed over 75,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. Wow!
Finally, we would like to thank all the clubs in the district who supported our programs. We could not do this without your help.  Until next time!