Youth Exchange – the 4 D’s or the 6 B’s ?

As anyone familiar with the Rotary Youth Exchange program knows, exchange students are subject to rules known as the 4 D’s:

1. No drinking
2. No drugs
3. No driving
4. No dating

But here a great twist to this. Thanks to Gillian Leek (spouse of PDG Bob Leek, D7090) who heard this idea presented at the Montreal Pre-Convention Youth Exchange meeting, here is a focus on the positive. And what a great recipe for a good exchange experience, and in fact for a great life: the 6 B’s:

1. Be First
2. Be Curious
3. Be on Purpose
4. Be Grateful
5. Be of Service
6. Be Here Now

Thanks Gillian!

8 thoughts on “Youth Exchange – the 4 D’s or the 6 B’s ?

  • Pauline was the highlight of the completely revamped RYE Florida multidistrict January orientation. Student feedback was universally positive. Little doubt in my mind that this approach will pay big dividends.

  • Good for you. Ironic but I was just chatting with Pauline Perrault. She is on the District 5370 YE Team. Yes this (5370) District founded the YE 6 Be’s, indeed. I told her of your positive response. Thank you.

  • I believe the 6 B’s were created and developed by the YE gang at District 5370. Well, I know they were. The B’s are a more positive direction for Youth Exchange students – rather than dwelling on the negatives of the 4 B’s. I am also a YE counsellor and have really enjoyed the positive twist the B’s have – as opposed to harping on the “don’t date… don’t……”. The D’s are still important. But the B’s are a breath of positive fresh air. If anyone wants an explanation or maybe notes for their District I am sure Chair Wayne McCutcheon and gang at 5370 (in Western Canada) would be thrilled to share.

    • I am the District Chair for 7450, Philly Area.

      These ” 6 – Be’s ” were discussed in an Outbound Training Session at ESSEX this weekend.

      I think these are a GREAT Idea! Thanks to whoever created each of these!


      • That was us here in Alberta, Canada in D5370! We are so glad they have been a benefit to you and your program. If you have any anicodates to share, please email me!

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