Frequently Asked Questions


Camper Questions


Do I have to attend the whole week?

Yes. We ask students to commit to the entire week. There are a number of activities and experiences that build on each other and missing parts of the week can affect not only the absent camper but the entire group. In rare instances, we make exceptions to accommodate unexpected life events.

I am going to be a freshman in high school. Can I still come?

Not for another couple years! In order for you to have the best experience possible, it will be in your best interest to wait until the summer before your senior year of high school. Having students within the same age range gives common experiences and upcoming decisions (post-high school, yikes!) to think about. In the interim, stay involved in school and keep finding extracurricular opportunities, which will make you an outstanding camper!

Do we have to stay in a dorm?

Well, yes and no. Camp takes place on the beautiful University of Minnesota Crookston campus and we do stay in the dorms. BUT each dorm is equipped with a living space, small kitchenette, sleeps up to 4 people and has between 1-2 bathrooms, so you'll still be living comfortably!

What's the schedule like?

We have a pretty full schedule during RYLA to make the most our of your time there. The 2017 Camper Schedule details out what the sessions are for each day.


Rotarian Questions


How do the campers get to RYLA?

The sponsoring Rotary club is responsible for camper transportation. Drop off is between 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Sunday July 9 at Evergreen Hall, University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). Pick up is at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15 at Evergreen Hall, UMC.

When does the Rotary club have to submit money for campers? When do we notify you of that students our club selects?

Checks are due by March 1 of every year and student applications need to be turned in by April 28. Applications can be emailed to or mailed to Beth Althoff | 4251 33rd Ave S. Apt 308 | Fargo, ND 58104

How do we recruit campers? How do we pick the right ones for RYLA?

You can find many of these answers on the Rotarians page of this site. A few quick tips include meeting with the local high school counselor, asking previous campers to help recruit, and working with youth leaders in your community.

Where are the release forms

Students who have applied online received the release forms in an email. They can also be found here for your reference as well.