The Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club is set to sponsor three local high school sophomores to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp from Sunday to Wednesday, June 23-26, at Camp Hinds in Raymond.

Bridgton Rotary will pay the camp tuition of $750 per student as part of the club’s ongoing commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders in the community.

The transformational leadership program is designed to empower young people and provide them with the skills, confidence and motivation to become better leaders in their schools and communities. Upon arriving at RYLA, the 144 participants from Maine and New Hampshire are assigned to a Leadership Exploration Group with up to 11 others. LEGs spend four days in a series of workshops and team-building activities aimed at developing their leadership potential and fostering a sense of Rotary’s “Service Above Self.”

“The benefits of attending RYLA extend far beyond the camp experience.” said Rick Whelchel, vice president of the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club. “In addition to learning crucial leadership skills that will be invaluable both in academic settings and in future careers, they will meet other like-minded students from throughout southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire and create lasting connections that can support their personal and professional growth.”

The deadline for applications is Saturday, June 1. Interested sophomores can find more information and download the application form at or call Past President Aaron Hagan at 207-774-1426. Mail the completed application to P.O. Box 845, Bridgton, ME, 04009 or email

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