What To Watch For In 2017

  • Changes to class requirements in many years 2nd through 6th so please read enrollment form closely
  • A new approach to assessing a leader’s physical fitness with a goal of inspiration and improvement
  • A different housing and meeting plan for all first year leaders
  • Senior leaders will be given exciting new ways to engage over the course of the week
  • LIVE updates throughout most of the week via this website
  • Increased time in dorms each evening to allow for more “quiet time” for leaders to rest/reflect
  • NEW 6th YEAR JACKETS!!!!
  • New ADVANCED Character Development class added for 4th and 5th year leaders
  • Additional schedule evolutions based upon leaders’ feedback
  • Meeting rooms for Thursday night club meetings will be pre-assigned by BRLS leadership based upon size/fit

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • February 14, 2017:
Registration materials released
  • March 7, 2017:
Completed and returned registration packets may be postmarked on or after
  • April 1, 2017:
Drops after this date will be assessed a $100 cancellation fee per drop*
  • April 17, 2017:
Scholarship (BRLS financial assistance) awards will be sent out this week
  • May 1, 2017:
Registration deadline
  • May 1, 2017:
Drops after this date will owe full balance*
  • June 1, 2017:
Drops after this date will owe full balance*
  • June 17-24, 2017:

* There are exceptions for medical/family emergencies and extenuating circumstances

Rallies & Events

ADY Spring Rally, April 27-28, 2019

Hosted by: Cowart Family/Ashford Dunwoody

Location: Cowart Family Y, 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30319

Contact: Kendra Fuentes, Kendraf@ymcaatlanta.org

Theme: Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind

Richmond Spring Rally, March 9-10, 2019

Hosted by:Tuckahoe and Shady Grove Family YMCA Leaders’ Clubs

Location: Shady Grove YMCA

Contact: Kaitlin West, Teen Director Tuckahoe YMCA at westk@ymcarichmond.org 

Maryland Spring Rally, March 29-31, 2019

Hosted by: Y in Central Maryland

Location: 17433 Big Falls Road, Monkton, Maryland 21111

Contact: Ryan Novo at ryannovo@ymaryland.org

Cincinnati Spring Rally, March 30 & 31, 2019

Hosted by: The RC Durr Leaders’ Club

Location: YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, 84 Blue Ridge Cir, Black Mountain, NC 28711

Contact: Emily Mullins, rnemullins@yahoo.com

Theme: “You Won’t Believe Your Eyes”

From the Director's Porch

From the Director’s Porch – May/June 2018

ONE WEEK???? Is it really just one week until we are all together up on the mountain? Wow, what an exciting thought. Soon we will see old friends and begin to make new ones. We will take in the amazing views and learn from some amazing staff how to better serve our local YMCAs. But […]

From the Director’s Porch – April 2018

WOW, summer is just around the corner! I hope everyone is as excited as the SLT for BRLS 2018! I wanted to take a moment to lift up the hard work of this fine group of men and women. They volunteer hundreds of hours over the course of the year to plan, and produce the […]

Club Development Blog

Club Development – May/June 2018

Club Recognition First of all, thank you to those who applied for club recognition.  We had another record number of applicants.  The year long dedication to YMCA service and leadership at the home YMCAs can be seen in the supporting documentation shared each year.  With a new year on the horizon, it is time to […]

Club Development – April 2018

Club Recognition The calls, text and emails regarding club recognition are picking up.  Club recognition supporting documentation is being gathered by club officers and teen directors across the South.  The thought of photocopying old agendas and rosters is making many sick to their tummies.  Budgets are being stretched because tens of dollars are being spent […]


Staff Application – BRLS 2019

Are you interested in joining the BRLS Staff Team for the 2019 School? We are looking to add to our team of cause-driven volunteers that serve the Mission of Blue Ridge Leaders’ School and make a huge impact on teens! Below you will find a link to apply for these positions. Current staff need not […]

2018 School Show Line-up

Hello All! Last year our goal was to highlight a class from each year and a handful of clinics so our 1st year Leaders and our visitors could get an idea of what BRLS really looks like. After receiving stellar feedback from last year’s school show, we have developed a tentative 5 year plan of how the school shows […]

Scholarships Are Available

Club Highlight Submissions Needed!

Is your Club working on an impactful project for your Y? Do you have a Leaders’ Club member who is going above and beyond in the home Y and community? Does your Club have a service project coming up that you’d like BRLS to lift up? If so, please send a brief summary and any pictures you may have to Molly D’Avria at mdavria@gastonymca.org so we can feature your Club on the BRLS Facebook page!