RAYEC is a week-long August camp for youth ages 13- 15 interested in business and entrepreneurship. The main focus of this camp is to educate youth about marketing, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up their own businesses and borrow real money from actual bankers. The last day is “Business Day” at the camp, when campers open and operate their businesses. The youth also participate in many fun recreational activities throughout their week at camp.

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RAYEC accepts 60 youths aged 13-15 each year based on their applications. This camp is FREE to attend for the campers that are selected, thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors. There is also an opportunity for ten previous campers to attend as Youth Leaders. For more information on becoming a camper or youth leader, apply below.

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RAYEC campers and youth leaders must live in the Rotary District 5360 region.  This region extends south from Lacombe to the Alberta border and includes South East Saskatchewan.

You can also check out this webinar recording.  The 2019 Youth Leaders talk about what it's like to go to RAYEC from an insiders point of view.

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RAYEC takes place in early August. Applications are accepted from February to May 15. It is not first come, first served. Campers will be notified either way by June 15.


RAYEC accepts 60 youths age 13-15 each year based on their applications. This camp is FREE for the campers that are selected, thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors! 

Youth Leaders

Each year 10 past Campers between the ages of 16 and 18 have the chance to attend a 3-day training session and return to camp as volunteers called Youth Leaders. These young adults have gone on to further develop their leadership skills with many volunteering in their local communities, attending leadership conferences and even returning to the camp as adult volunteers!

You will apply in an essay-style format and those selected will attend the training session in Medicine Hat, arriving four days prior to camp (usually on Wednesday). This training will further develop your management, leadership and communication skills. You will participate in team building and get to familiarize yourself with your roles and responsibilities for camp. As a Youth Leader, you will assist the Campers with their business plans and also help lead the recreation activities. 

Volunteers are Integral
The best part of RAYEC are the volunteers!  Volunteers spend the week with the youth in various capacities, please see full position descriptions and skills required here. To volunteer, applicants must be 18 years or older, have some experience with leadership, and fulfill the Rotary District 5360 volunteer requirements.  This includes a police record check, providing references and completing the youth protection awareness course (online).


RAYEC would not be possible without our amazing sponsors. Thanks to our Community Futures partners, Rotary District 5360 Clubs and local sponsors for their continued support and contributions! Scroll down to see the full list. Follow the links below if you would like to become a sponsor.


RAYEC is pleased to accept donations of various amounts towards our special initiatives

  • 2023 Tech Fund Project - click here for more information

  • 2023 25th Anniversary - Alumni & Friends - help send a kid to camp

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Community Futures
Partner Offices​

Alberta Southwest
Central Alberta
Centre West
Crowsnest Pass
East Parkland

Rotary Clubs

Calgary Downtown
Calgary East
Calgary Fish Creek
Calgary Heritage Park
Calgary North
Calgary Olympic
Calgary at Stampede Park
Calgary West
Fort Macleod
High River
Lethbridge Downtown
Medicine Hat (Saamis)
Red Deer

Additional Sponsors

Aaron Paramedical

Community Futures Big Country (Drumheller)

Culligan (Medicine Hat)

Medicine Hat College

Panago Pizza (Medicine Hat)

Positive Life Concepts/Action Edge Coaching

Prairie Bus Lines

Servus (Medicine Hat)

Timber Ridge Firewood

Vitreous Glass Inc (Airdrie)