Three teens undertake a life-changing camp, courtesy of Rotary

Kyeisha Nean, Ella Gatery, Gigi van Ligtenberg and Tenterfield's Samantha Chapman get down and dirty during a camp activity.
Kyeisha Nean, Ella Gatery, Gigi van Ligtenberg and Tenterfield's Samantha Chapman get down and dirty during a camp activity.

On the first week of December last year I and two other teens from Tenterfield took part in the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar.

This seminar, usually known as RYTS, is an initiative run in only two of Rotary’s many districts, designed to help students at the end of their schooling journey to prepare for life outside of school.

Each club in the district sponsors several students, known as ‘awardees’ to spend a week at Tyalgum Ridge Resort, almost 30km inland of Murwillumbah.

Campbell Nicholson, Jake Gitsham, Dion Drummond, Adam Vayne, Joshua Silcock and Sam Gibbins were among the 50-strong RYTS cohort.

Campbell Nicholson, Jake Gitsham, Dion Drummond, Adam Vayne, Joshua Silcock and Sam Gibbins were among the 50-strong RYTS cohort.

Sam Gibbins, Samantha Chapman and I, Campbell Nicholson were lucky enough to be sponsored by Tenterfield Rotary Club to participate. I went into this expecting it to be another boring camp full of awkward team-building exercises and lessons I’ll never really use. What it really is shocked and amazed me.

This camp was a deep and important mental journey for every single awardee who took part. Sure, we did a session on how to change a tyre and how to make a budget but what we really learnt on that camp was far more important for living your life, and far more difficult to explain.

SAM SQUARED: Sam Chapman and Sam Gibbins were keen participants in Rotary's RYTS camp.

SAM SQUARED: Sam Chapman and Sam Gibbins were keen participants in Rotary's RYTS camp.

We learnt to value every person for who they are. We learnt that we should always communicate openly and honestly, and most importantly we all made 50 brand new friends.

This camp was a life-changing experience that anyone who has the opportunity to take part in should absolutely leap on.

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