Category Archives: Athletic + Recreation Programming

Starting From Scratch

Photo Courtesy of Mathew Eberius, CPRP, Palm Harbor Community Services

One of the highlights for parks and recreation departments across the country is summer camp. For many, it’s a time of brainstorming, hiring staff members, setting policies, and hunkering down for 8 to 10 weeks of constant programming. I’ve grown up within the industry, starting at age 4 in a pre-kindergarten camp, and have developed a unique perspective into trends and what makes a camp program tick. At age 18, I became a full-time employee in the industry. Two years … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, May 2014, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Creatively Crafting Camps

Photo Courtesy of Sugar Sand Park Community Center

On a typical Monday morning at SugarSandParkCommunity Center in Boca Raton, Fla., I walked out of my office only to see some bustling actors taking their places on stage. The production assistant ordered “Quiet on the set” as the director dropped his hand and yelled “Action!” I quietly passed through a chorus of Broadway hopefuls rehearsing Mama Mia, singing and dancing their way across the stage. Following the choreographer’s directions, the performers lit up the scene with synchronized movements. Farther … Continue reading

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Groovin’ In Grand Prairie

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Instead of instructing campers to sit quietly and stop wiggling around, counselors at Grand Prairie, Texas Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department’s centers encourage their campers to get up and dance. In fact, counselors discovered dancing was so popular among children ages 5 to 15 that they created a “Theater Dance Day Camp” as a component of the programming. More than 500 campers took part in learning about theater concepts, dance, and fitness on a daily basis for six weeks to … Continue reading

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Prepare To Plan

Photo Courtesy Of City Of Mentor

The great baseball slugger Roger Maris was famously quoted: “You hit home runs not by chance, but by preparation.” In the world of special events, that concept of thorough and complete planning is the key in providing attendees with an exceptional experience that looks effortlessly produced. People tasked with creating a new event—anything from a 3-hour mother-and-daughter tea party to a 3-day community festival—must research, conceptualize, and review the initial concept with stakeholders before any decision to move forward can … Continue reading

Posted in Athletic + Recreation Programming, Departments, Issues, October 2013, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Re-Booting The Camp Mentality

Healthy and active programs for children have a pivotal role in today’s recreation industry. The child-obesity rates reflect a lack of understanding, interest, or opportunity in living a healthier lifestyle. It is imperative to reach out to children at their most influential stage in life and provide them with accurate information. When lifelong health and well-being are at stake, this type of healthy lifestyle is both an obligation and a commitment. Last year, the LynchburgParks & RecreationFairviewCenter in Virginia hosted … Continue reading

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