Supporting local youth at Rotary Program of Enrichment Camp
RYPEN - another of Rotary's MANY acronyms - stands for "Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment" - A program of weekend seminars for young people aged 14 to 17 years, held annually in October and March. Its principal aim is the communication of a series of ideas, problems and social experiences, which will assist the young participants in forming their own values and moral standards.
The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment 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.
Rotary Club of Prahran was pleased to sponsor two students (Paris Rouvalis & Grace Long) to attend the RYPEN Camp, held on the weekend of 21st – 23rd March 2014 at Weekaway nestled in the Benloch Valley north of Lancefield.
On 26th March 2014, Paris and Grace returned to address the Club to share what they had learned from the experience, they were very enthusiastic about the experience and members felt that they had been worthy candidates for our support.
In 2015 the Club sponsored Xialene Chang and Tina Zheng from Macrobertson's Girls High School to attend the camp, and they returned, full of enthusiasm, to address the Club at an April meeting.