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Moraga Rotary's mission is to "help make children better citizens of the world,
through peace and understanding." Toward that goal, we invest our
time, energy and finances in the many youth programs offered by Rotary
International and local clubs. Below are all the current programs we sponsor.
Contact us if you are interested in these programs for your children.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the
Mind is an international educational program that provides
creative problem-solving opportunities for students from
kindergarten through college. Teams of 7 members apply their creativity to
solve one of five problems from Odyssey that range from building mechanical devices to
presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They
then create a skit to be performed in 8 minutes to describe their
unique solution to their problem. Odyssey develops teamwork,
creativity, and self-confidence to perform in front of a large
bring their solutions to competitions on the Regional, State, and World
levels. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25
other countries participate in the program.
Moraga Rotary sponsors
all the Moraga Odyssey teams, this year 15 of them, providing financial support for
registration, team shirts, and since at least one team wins the
Local and State competitions and goes onto World competitions,
we provide funding for transportation of the teams props to the World
Championships in the Midwest. For more information, visit the
of the Mind website, or Contact Us.
is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact
clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and
guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Most are high
school based. Today there are more than 22,252 clubs in 109 countries and
geographical areas, with over 511,790 young people involved in Interact.
year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of
which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts,
Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and
learn the importance of
Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
Advancing international understanding and goodwill
Moraga Rotary is the proud sponsor of the
information, contact us, or visit the
International website, at the link below.
International’s service club for young people ages 18 to 30.
clubs are either community or university based, and since they’re sponsored by a
local Rotary club, this makes them true "partners in service" and key members of
the family of Rotary.
As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with
more than 10,563 clubs in 163 countries and geographical areas, and over
242,900 members, Rotaract
has become a worldwide phenomenon.
All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members
addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting
international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and
Rotaractors may also:
information, contact us, or visit the
International website, at the link below.
Royal is a leadership training program for high school juniors, funded and run
by Rotary District 5160. Founded in 1979, Camp Royal has become one of the top
leadership camps for incoming high school seniors in the country.
Student leaders from throughout the district attend to develop advanced skills
with help from Rotarians, professional counselors, educators and keynote
speakers. And a day in the "Ropes Course" lets students experience team
building and successful cooperation.
program is held mid-June in the Trinity Alps, west of Redding, and is a concentrated, energy packed week of information, ideas and
strategies that will help the camper return to his/her school and be a more
The Camp's goals are:
To offer advanced leadership skills to young
men and women who have had experience in leadership positions.
To emphasize cooperation, team building, excellent ethics and
creativity in leadership.
To broaden their knowledge of various
vocations through interaction with Rotarians of District 5160.
To assist the campers to realize their great
potentials, and break through the barriers to success.
To actively apply their new leadership skills
when they return to school.
Moraga Rotary provides two
scholarships to Campolindo High School juniors to attend Camp Royal every June.
For more information, contact us, or visit the Rotary
District 5160 website, at the link below.
Camp Venture for Business Entrepreneurs
Camp Venture is
now a five day training and motivational camp for students who have
finished their junior year and are interested in pursuing a career
in business, particularly as entrepreneurs. It is held in late
June at the Maritime Academy California State University in Vallejo.
Students, sponsored by
their local Rotary Clubs, have the opportunity to interact with
experienced business people and meet with other students in District
5160 who have similar interests.
For more information, contact
us, or visit the Rotary District 5160
website, at the link below.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Imagine stepping off the airplane into the arms of strangers-and
then going home with them. Imagine the stress of coping with an unfamiliar
language, alien customs, and a totally different way of life. Within a few
weeks, you begin to feel slightly more comfortable; within a few months, you
even feel at home. And by the end of a year, you have a new dilemma-how to say
good-bye to friends that you will remember and cherish for a lifetime. Such is
the magic of Rotary's Youth Exchange program.
Youth Exchange starts at the most
basic and intimate level - the family. Many students feel that they have gained
the love and devotion of a second family. In the same way, the host
parents feel they have "adopted" a new son or daughter. As one U.S.
Rotarian said, "Our Youth Exchange student was not a daughter for four months -
she will be a daughter forever." These are the loving bonds that will
endure the passage of time.
Started officially in 1974, Youth
Exchange continues to be one of Rotary's most popular forms of international
service. This year, more than 8,000 young people will experience the joys and
the challenges of living abroad.
A typical Youth Exchange begins
with planning and registering during Junior high school year. Student
pick their three countries of choice. Most students go after their
Senior year of school and before starting college. They spend
an academic year in the host country, during which the
student lives with one or more host families and attends high school. Most
common is to repeat their Senior year.
Rotary's Youth Exchange program is open to all
qualified students ages 15-18. Participants may, but do not have to be
children of Rotarians. Qualified applicants are frequently above average
academically, articulate, and demonstrate community leadership skills.
Hosting a Rotary Youth
exchange student from another country is a challenge - and an opportunity. Involvement with an exchange student challenges a host family to become familiar
with another culture, while providing the opportunity to share a young student's
hopes and ambitions. These challenges and opportunities promise to enrich the
lives of every member of your family. Included in the application process
to be a host family is a background check for all family members over 18 years
of age. Hosting a student usually is a commitment of three to four months.
Families do not need to be affiliated with Rotary to participate. Come
join the Rotary Youth Exchange family around the world!
For more information, contact us, or
Rotary International website, at the