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

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

Richmond Spring Rally, April 25-26, 2020

Hosted by: Midlothian and Swift Creek YMCA Leaders’ Clubs

Location: Midlothian YMCA 737 Coalfield rd. Midlothian, VA 23225

Contact: Philip Falke, falkp@ymcarichmond.org

From the Director's Porch

Director’s Porch View – March 2020

The countdown has started, and with the Spring Rally season upon us we are less than 100 days from BRLS 2020!! Registration meeting have been happening and we know it will be another full school. Six clubs are working hard on their morning devotions, and the Honor Leaders are putting the finishing touches on a [...]

Director’s Porch View – January 2020

At this time of the year we all take stock of the previous year and make our plans for the new one.  The Leaders School is no different. To help us address current and future challenges, we added a few new members to the School Leadership Team as we ramp up for some big work [...]

Club Development Blog

Club Development – March 2020

Communication is KEY in Leaders Club! We have so many things to keep track of; hours, volunteer opportunities, phone numbers, meetings and so much more. Our club is currently using the Remind app to communicate and track schedules. On the remind app, you can attach files, create announcements and take polls! If you think your […]

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 [...]

BRLS Blog

Club Administration – March 2020 Update

We are excited to announce that Club Recognition has evolved to Club Administration moving forward. The Club Levels traditionally have been a great way to recognize the Leaders’ Club work taking place at the home YMCA.  As the Leaders’ Club movement has continued to expand, it’s become apparent that the foundational work at the home YMCAs is directly […]

BRLS Counselors 2020

Do you remember your BRLS Counselors? Over and over again when we speak with alumni they fondly remember the counselor that led their group from year to year. This person sets the tone for the week, provides stability and humor during evening devotion, and helps Leaders grow as they make their way through the 6-year […]

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!