The Rotary Club of Pine Bluff and the West Pine Bluff Rotary Club jointly sponsored four students to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) leadership program.


Students participating this year were Raelyn Geigger, Baker Rogers and Destiny Lindsey, all juniors at White Hall High School, and Osaze Cole, a junior at Ridgway Christian High School.


In a joint meeting of the two clubs at Pine Bluff, President Alan Frazier of the West Pine Bluff Club and President Carolyn F. Blakely of the Rotary Club of Pine Bluff introduced the students, viewed pictures and listened to their presentations.


High school sophomores and juniors are chosen by local clubs to attend the three-day camp organized by District 6170 Rotarians.


“The program enables these young men and women to learn and develop leadership and communication skills, while still having a great time making new friends,” according to a news release. “RYLA provides the opportunity for the students to refine skills and explore pertinent topics with their peers.”


The District 6170 RYLA camp is held at the 4-H camp just west of Little Rock at Ferndale. Campers participate in a variety of outdoor events, such as kayaking, rock climbing, high and low rope courses, and treasure hunts. All activities are structured to encourage teamwork and leadership, according to the release.


Camp counselors and other campers also encourage participants to step outside their comfort zones. They participate in learning sessions with community and Rotary leaders. Topics include leadership, involvement in the community, and opportunity in Rotary. They are supervised by a Rotarian camp director, 4-H staff and Rotaract counselors.