Rotary Meetings

Guest Speaker

Thursday 17th Nov 2016

Guest Speaker

Rotary Youth Enrichment Programme- RYPEN.
Members gave a very warm welcome to Mr Collin Tomlinson Deputy Head of Wennington Hall School, Mrs Pam Eckersley Secretary and two 14 year old boy pupils. The 2 boys had successfully come through a selection process to attend a week's RYPEN course,sponsored by the Club, at Castle Head, Field and Study Centre near Grange over Sands. The course is designed to assist young people to discover untapped potential and gives them an opportunity to boost their self confidence and to develop belief in their own abilities. It is a highly motivational course based on adventurous activities and team building exercises. Both boys gave a clear account about their opinion of the course and how they felt it had been of benefit to them. They told of how it gave them a chance to be part of a team which involved getting along with other people on the team, learning to be competitive against 2 other teams, to use their initiative and at times the use of leadership skills. The activities included ghyl scrambling
(a favourite of both), rock climbing, willow cutting to control deforestation and finally an overnight camp expedition on the Lakeland Fells carrying a 60 litre backpack. They pitched tent in cloud and kept warm with 3 in the tent! Both boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were keen to stress that the skills they learned would benefit them in later life. At the end of the talk Mr Tomlinson expressed thanks and appreciation from both the school and the boys for the opportunity they had been given by attending the course.

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