RYLA Challenge Course

As many of you are no doubt aware, the RYLA program in District 7780 is one of the most successful youth programs in this part of the country. We have a rich history of developing young leaders in Maine and New Hampshire with a curriculum based on building a lifetime of service. While our history is solid, our future is in jeopardy. We have been presented a new challenge that will take a collaborative effort to resolve and we are reaching out to you.

The RYLA curriculum relies heavily on an outdoor challenge course called COPE, which stands for Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience. This year, the campus that our program uses underwent some major construction, the start of a 5-year upgrade plan. As a result, a significant portion of the COPE course was damaged. Much of the course had been in place for close to 20 years and did not fare as well as expected during transport.

The leaders of the RYLA program have worked very hard over the years at not asking for more than we need. This year, our program is very much in need. We are looking to rebuild and relocate between 12 and 18 challenge course elements. These elements range in cost from $150 to $2,500.

It's important to understand that these improvements are not "wants" but rather "needs." Without these improvements, our program faces a very real threat this coming June. Our ability to educate and prepare our participants for new leadership roles would be severely impacted. We are asking for clubs, business, or individuals who want to help with either a fixed dollar amount or would like to “adopt an element” from our wish list. Every contribution will go towards the improvement of the course and the betterment of the RYLA program. No contribution is too small.

If you or your organization would like to contribute, you may do so here or you can contact the District 7780 RYLA Executive Director, Jared Avery. Thank you for your continued support of our program.


Pictures on the wish list are for illustration only and may not depict the exact element listed. More complete discriptions and details are available. Feel free to contact us if you'd like more information on anything. 

Not all of the items required are listed on our wish list. There is a great deal of miscellaneous materials and manpower that will also be needed to put this project together. In addition to the necessity items, the long term plan would include "dream" items like picnic tables, water coolers, camp chairs, etc. 

  • Rotary District 7780  
    • $4,400 (Offline)
    • 77 mos
  • Portland Sunrise Rotary Club  
    • $600 (Offline)
    • 77 mos
  • South Portland Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club  
    • $1,000 (Offline)
    • 77 mos
  • York Rotary Club  
    • $2,500 (Offline)
    • 77 mos
  • Sanford Springvale Rotary Club  
    • $520 (Offline)
    • 77 mos
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Jared Avery 
York, ME
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