RYPEN is a Rotary sponsored Youth Service program for 15 to 17 year old students, from schools across District 9800. Students attend a weekend camp designed to develop their potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning. It aims to communicate a series of ideas, problems and social experiences that will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards.

Camps are held in March /April and in October/ November

In 2023 the date for the next camp is 24 - 26 March.

Chair: Suzanne Zammit (RC Footscray)
Secretary: Michael Donnelly (RC Keilor East)
Treasurer:      Suzanne Zammit (RC Footscray)
Through RYPEN students will begin developing skills in:
  • Resilience
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership fundamentals and ethics
  • Goal Setting
  • Teamwork
  • Forming and defining their own values
  • Trust
  • Community and Global Citizenship
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Taking initiative

The key outcomes of RYPEN align with the Personal and Social General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum.

Students are encouraged to learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. 

RYPEN provides an experience of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards and allow them to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically. 
Challenge by choice is an important aspect of the program experience.

Students are free to discuss and interpret what they experience and the Supporters and Rotarians involved in running the camp act as mentors.