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TORCH Citizens Academy

Tapping Our Resources, Citizens and Heritage!

Now registering for Fall 2018 Class

Projects have been replaced with new communication, leadership training opportunities!


TORCH Application

Spring 2018 TORCH Graduating Class


Residents – if you’re interested in becoming more involved in your community – possibly serving on a committee or running for the Governing Board at some point – we highly advise you take the TORCH Citizens Academy.


For those who have heard about the Academy but shied away because you heard about class projects and weren’t interested – we have some exciting news for you. We have eliminated the projects and replaced them with engaging new programs on intergenerational communication, leadership and personality styles.


This popular educational program, developed in 2008-09, strives to educate, inspire and excite residents about life in Sun City West. The academy is sponsored by the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, but also offers great insight to other Sun City West organizations such as PORA, the Posse, PRIDES, Fire, Foundation, Community Fund, Sun Health, Helping Hands, Benevilla and more.


The Recreation Centers of Sun City West accepts applications for the TORCH Citizens Academy until all slots are filled; and then a small waiting list is maintained. Applying early is advised to ensure a spot in the Academy.


 The academy runs on seven consecutive Thursday afternoons. Classes are about four hours long – and held at various locations in Sun City West to give participants the broadest exposure to the community. Additionally, optional tours are held before some of the classes, and an opportunity to attend a Board meeting with other TORCH participants also is encouraged.


 The program is designed to give participants greater insight into Sun City West’s past, present and future. They gain a better understanding of the Association’s budgeting, recreation, facilities maintenance, golf, public relations, marketing, bowling and library divisions. They also hear from leaders of Sun City West’s other community groups.


 Since it began in the spring of 2009, hundreds of residents have graduated from this prestigious academy better versed in all things Sun City West.


 TORCH, which is held every spring and fall, stands for Tapping Our Resources, Citizens and Heritage. Participants are asked to commit for the full seven weeks to get the most out of the academy. Download an application and return it with a $20 check (made out to RCSCW, to cover the cost of materials, beverages and snacks) to the Governing Board Office at the R.H. Johnson Administrative Offices, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd. 


 For more information, call the Governing Board Executive Assistant at 623-544-6115.



Below are projects that were presented by earlier TORCH classes. Please note, projects are no longer included in the Academy. The Team projects are presented here, for the community’s consideration. Please note, these projects are only suggestions by the teams, and are not necessarily endorsed or fact-checked by Management.


TORCH TEAM Projects 2011


  1. Frank Debold says:

    Why are there no Torch Team Projects listed for 2011?

    • Multimedia says:

      Hi Frank, there were a couple of times when we skipped them, we believe that was one of them. Thanks for writing and for your interest in TORCH!

  2. What are the dates for the Spring 2015 classes and when will the signup begin.

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi, Andrew – thank you for your inquiry. The date has not been set yet for the Spring 2015 TORCH class; however, you are welcome to complete an application and sign-up for the class at anytime, and your name will be set on the list when the class is scheduled. If you have any questions, contact the Governing Board Manager at 623-544-6115.

  3. mark smith says:

    I found the activities tab, under the other website (, but that link brings me back here.

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi, Mark – I just checked the “Activities” tab, found the TORCH link, and went to the TORCH information page. There is a large lettered “DOWNLOAD TORCH application” in the center of the page, and that should connect you to the brochure. Good Luck!

  4. mark smith says:

    I don’t see an activities tab on the home page, and can’t find an online application for torch. A link on the torch page would make the most sense.

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi, again! At the top right hand corner of the homepage is a box entitled “TORCH Academy.” When you click on that link, you are directed straight to the TORCH information page mentioned in the previous comment response. Click on the “DOWNLOAD TORCH application” to get to the brochure.

  5. Bob Bass says:

    I notice that the Torch projects for Fall 2013 are not uploaded on this site. Will they be and will those of Spring 2014 be?

  6. Jack Knorst says:

    Good Morning,

    Yesterday, March 6, 2014, I had to go to Johnson Lanes for a few minutes. While walking up to the entrance I noticed four golf carts parked on the sidewalk. Most people who use that facility know to park their carts in the parking lot and do so. I also noticed that there was a Torch meeting going on inside and I can only assume, yes it is an assumption, that it was some of your attendants that were ignoring that great big parking lot. In order that the parking lot not get lonesome please remind your group to make use of it and not park on the sidewalk impeding emergency vehicles.


    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi Mr. Knorst. Thank you for your comment. Those were golf carts associated with our TORCH Class. On this fifth class of the academy, our students tour the RH Johnson complex, moving from the Administration building to the Library, to the Sports Pavilion to the maintenance yard near the fitness center. We want to ensure the TORCH Academy is open to all our residents, including those who may be challenged to walk this long of a distance; it is indeed a fast-paced and walking-intensive four-hour day for our students. We therefore provide parking passes allowing them to park close to the buildings during these tours. Thank you for understanding as we work to accommodate all our residents in this important educational endeavor.

  7. Virginia (Gindy) Barnard says:

    I would like an application for the fall session of the Torch Academy. Is it online somewhere?

    • Hi, Ginny – Thank you for your interest in TORCH. The online application is located on our website; listed under the Activities tab, select TORCH. Brochures for the academy are also available at all Rec Centers locations, and an application form is included in the brochure.

  8. Deb Arnold says:

    Could you please share with me the days/hours involved for the Spring 2014 session?
    Thank you

    • Hi Deb. The Spring 2014 sessions will run on Thursdays from Feb. 6 through March 20. Times have yet to be determined, but are usually from 1 to about 5 p.m. If you’re interested, please call Sharon Schomer at 623-544-6115 to sign up. Thanks!

  9. Hi, is there still space available in the Fall 2013 TORCH academy?

    • RCSCW PR says:

      Hi Diana. There sure is. Please call Sharon Schomer at 623-544-6115 to register. We know you will love the Academy!

  10. James Young says:

    I was looking for a application for the Fall class and didn’t find it. I would be inerested in one Jim

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