By Neville John, District 9800 RYPEN Chairman

The Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment or RYPEN is a Rotary sponsored District New Generations program. Year ten and eleven students, from schools across District 9800 attend a weekend long camp designed at developing their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. Its aim is to communicate to young people a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards. A program of thought provoking speakers, social situations and personal challenges is offered.

District 9800 Rotaractors act as facilitators for the camp, leading groups of students and running the sessions. A Rotary club acts as the host club for the camp and provides the catering for the weekend while enjoying an excellent fellowship opportunity for its members. Camps are held in October and March each year.

The next RYPEN camp will be held on the weekend of Friday 26 – Sunday 28 October 2012. The cut off for applications is Monday 24 September 2012.

Dates: Friday 26 - Sunday 28 October 2012
Location: Weekaway, Kitchenhams Road, Lancefield

Cost per participant: $286.00 (incl GST) per participant.

Clubs New Generation Chairs and Club Secretaries should have received application packs via email – incorporating a brochure, letter to schools and students' application form. Applications are due back on Monday 24th September 2012. Please contact me via email if you need an extension and even if you are not planning to send any students to this camp, it would be appreciated if you would advise me so that we can adequately plan for numbers and for follow up purposes.

If you need to know more about RYPEN, a member of the committee would be pleased to talk to your club or committee about sponsoring a student, or being the host club.

Neville John nrjohn@iprimus.com.au

Application forms are available at http://www.rotarydistrict9800.org.au/networker_0009_rypen

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