November 1st-3rd 2019

Applications opening


NEW VENUE - The Family Camp, Tea Gardens

27 Gams Rd, Tea Gardens NSW 2324


*ALL Applicants and Sponsoring Rotary Clubs will be notified and further information provided in the coming weeks.*


FOR ALL QUERIES - Contact Zoey Kirwan - 0410 664 224 or


RYPEN is for young people who have shown courage and perseverance in everyday life.  The aim of the program is to work with the group helping them see beyond their current outlook and approach life with purpose and direction to maximize their full potential.

About RYPEN......
Image R.Y.P.E.N. (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment) is a Rotary program for teens that’s main focus is introducing life skills and fundamental concepts that will start kids thinking about the transition that they will be making from kids to young adults, forming their own values and moral standards, and broadening the horizons culturally, socially and academically.

Run over a weekend, RYPEN is supervised by Rotary Club members. The program is delivered by an experienced group of volunteer facilitators, past attendees and Rotarians. The program is designed to create a caring and fun atmosphere where attendees agree to abide by the RYPEN core values; respect, tolerance, responsibility, commitment and contribution, honesty integrity, fairness and justice in order to get the most for themselves out of the weekend.


Program History

RYPEN in District 9670 has been running for the last 31 years. The program today has evolved from the very early days to something we know that gets results – teens talking and thinking about themselves and how they interact with family, friends, teachers, colleagues, communities and the world. 

RYPEN camps are generally held twice a year around April and October at the Myuna Bay Sport and Recreation Centre in Lake Macquarie.  Rotary clubs are engaged to take the responsibility for ensuring everyone is well fed over the weekend.

Local Rotary clubs to interact with the schools and members to nominate teens in their area to participate. The cost of the program is $230 per participant, which is covered by the Rotary club nominating or in the area where then teen has come from. This includes all costs for the weekend, transport to feeding, all we ask is for the participant is their time and willingness.

What the Participants have to say....

  • Image“As a result of RYPEN I think I will become more involved in my community and motivated to take on more opportunities at school.”
  • “I have a new outlook on life. Thank you to everyone involved, I had the best time!”
  • “Awesome, great experience. I wish I could come back again.”
  • “The leaders were great and I loved the way everybody supported each other.. It was soooo good, thank you!!”
  • “Epic!!! Really good experience, life changing, loved it!”
  • “I think I've realised how important values are to me such as respect, trust and courage +++. I believe in myself.
  • “I will be more confident in myself and tell myself I CAN DO IT!!" 
Next Camps....

The next camp will be happening on the 3rd, 4th & 5th May 2019
Download the application or contact Zoey Kirwan, RYPEN Chairperson. 
Follow the lastest on our facebook page or join our facebook group.

Zoey Kirwan, Rotary District 9670, RYPEN Chairperson. 
Mobile: 0410 664 224 Email:

We thank you and the Rotary Clubs in District 9670 for their continued support.

Zoey Kirwan
D9670 RYPEN Committee