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:
BLUE RIDGE LEADERS’ SCHOOL

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

Rallies & Events

Charlotte Fall Adventure Rally, Sep. 28-29, 2019

Hosted by: YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Location: US National Whitewater Center

Contactcharlottefallrally@ymcacharlotte.org

Flyer: Click here for full information!

R.C. Durr Leaders’ Club Spring Rally, March 28-29, 2020

Hosted by: R.C. Durr Leaders’ Club

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

Contact: Emily Mullins, rnemullins@yahoo.com; click here to pre-register!

Theme: Where Dreams Come True

From the Director's Porch

From the Director’s Porch – Spring 2019

Is it really May?? It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks we will all assembly on the mountain for BRLS 2019! It is even harder to believe that Tiger Woods is our Masters Champion….but more on that in June. The school moved into the digital age since our last newsletter and I want [...]

From the Director’s Porch – March 2019

March already?? I don’t know about you but the SLT is really excited for this year’s BRLS. And with the amazing new online registration process under way we continue to listen to the clubs and try to make Leaders' School better every year. And with so many Leaders getting better every year, it’s only natural that [...]

Club Development Blog

Club Recognition Update – Spring 2019

Much like the evolution of registration this year, the Club Recognition process has been positively impacted by the hard work of our website design team. Club recognition paperwork can be up uploaded in the same manner as registration did in March;https://ymcabrls.org/registration/ Thank you to the Clubs that are applying for Level Four recognition by meeting [...]

Club Development – March 2019

Rallies! A huge shout out to the clubs and associations that have hosted rallies and multi-club training sessions since we last gathered on the mountain in June. Thank you for all the hard work and planning that goes into hosting such events. The Spring Rally season is upon us now and there are a number [...]

BRLS Blog

Counselor Update – Spring 2019

We are thrilled to that the counselor selection process is complete and work has begun to prepare for the 2019 School! This is in the form of weekly assignments containing anything from articles to TED Talks to Redwoods Trainings will be used to fill their toolboxes and ensure everyone has a great week on the Mountain. [...]

Registration Update – Spring 2019

As Greg mentioned the School filled faster than ever before. We have a long wait list that we are working to move teens off of as space is available through drops. If you have anyone from your Club that has had a change and no longer is able to attend please contact me ASAP. We […]

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!