Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

What is RYPEN?

RYPEN LogoRotary Youth Program of Enrichment is aimed for that large group of boys and girls, aged around 15 to 16 years, who have shown some qualities of decency, courage, persistence, sincerity and application in everyday life, which deserve further development. The principle 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 and to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically.

RYPEN aims for the average student, not just for the outstanding few. It is advised that you do not send or go with friends. If the student does not know anyone at the start of the seminar, they leave with 5O new friends when it finishes on Sunday. Nominees are accommodated in dormitory style rooms, and meals are provided in a communal dining room.

The District RYPEN committee provides the organization and planning. Usually it is held twice each year, a summer camp and a winter camp. Rotarians and their spouses live-in for the duration of this camp as counselors, and become the camp Mums and Dads.

Students Achieve:

  • Improved leadership skills in a non-threatening environment.Increased motivation and improved life skills.
  • Improved self-image and pride
  • Develop an understanding of setting and achieving goals
  • Increased confidence to overcome problems and take control of their future.

RYPEN Activities include:

  • An intensive program of workshops, sports and entertainment activities
  • Experienced presenters sharing a wealth of knowledge

RYPENians receive suitable instruction, and play an active part in introducing and thanking guest speakers, presenting group reports, assisting the camp tasks, as well as being involved in various group sessions.

The motto of RYPEN, which emerged from the first seminar conducted in 1980, is "The Cultivation of Youth". If you think a young person has qualities worth developing, then they are a suitable candidate for RYPEN. Our rules are simple, and are consistent with civilized behaviour.

Copies of the rules are provided prior to the seminar, and breaches may result in the student being sent home. All RYPENians are subject to the authority and direction of the leaders of the seminar. Alcohol, cigarettes and mobile phones are not permitted at the seminar and will be confiscated. Lights out means exactly that, and there is no dormitory visiting after lights out.

Be thoughtful, positive and co-operative at all times - and have a great time!

For further information, please complete the following nomination form and return it to the Youth Programs officer (in the "Send to" drop-down on the form):

Preliminary Nomination/enquiry form Link

Note: all Rotarians working directly with children under 18 are required to obtain a clearance under the NSW Government's Working with Children Check, which requires people who work or volunteer in child-related work to obtain a clearance, following a national criminal history check and workplace conduct check.