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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | March 2010 |
Get Ready for 2010 Summer Camps 
It's time again for Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp Registration! Get your campers signed up for another awesome summer! We will be holding registration on Saturday, March 13 at Kempsville Recreation center room 103 (TR office) from 9:00 am -12:00 pm. Non-resident registration will be accepted beginning on April 1   
TR CampersCamp Explore
 - Age 6-21 
An instructional day camp for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Campers will benefit from this 7-week program by increasing their social skills, exploring new leisure activities, developing a greater sense of independence and having fun in a positive safe environment. Benefits will be achieved through the establishment of individualized goals and objectives and by participation in classes such as sports, group games, music, drama, dance, arts and crafts, nature studies and field trips. Class instruction will be offered in individual, small and large group formats. All activities will be adapted to meet campers' needs. Campers will need to bring their lunch (meal and drink) and personal items. In addition to class instructors, camper assistants and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) will be on site to work directly with campers. 
Location TBD | Mon-Fri | 6/28-8/12 | 8:30 am-3:00 pm | $1000 ($200 deposit with registration)
Extended Care - This is an additional service that will offer supervised care of campers from 3:00 to 5:45 pm.
$400 ($100 deposit with registration)
KayakersNew Ventures - Age 14 - 21
This 7-week program incorporates leisure education and pre-vocational opportunities through community volunteer service and recreation participation. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop lifetime leisure skills, plan community outings and learn job skills by volunteering with various community organizations. Participants will be responsible for any admission fees incurred on trips or special events.

Kempsville | Mon-Fri | 6/28-8/12 | 8:30 am-4:30 pm
 | $800 ($200 deposit with registration)
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Our Mission: 

To provide programs and services to individuals with disabilities that will...

· Enrich quality of life
· Meet community needs
· Enhance skill development, leisure education and recreation participation
· Increase independence through individualized goals and objectives
The staff achieve this mission by offering a variety of programs for children, teens and adults including after school programs, summer day camps, dance classes, fitness programs, aquatic programs and social programs.
Registration for Spring/Summer Programs

We will be holding registration on Saturday, March 13 at Kempsville Recreation Center room 103 (TR office) from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. In addition to summer camps, programs you can register for at this time are: 

Just Wanna Dance - Age 16 & up
Kempsville | Mondays | 4/12-5/17 | 6:00-7:00 pm or 7:15-8:15 pm | $65
Dance Recital: Monday, May 24

TR SwimmersLearn to Swim - Infant/Toddler - Age 1 - 5 w/parent
Bow Creek | Tuesdays | 6/15-8/3 | 5:00-5:30 pm | $29

Learn to Swim - Youth - Age 6 - 15
Bow Creek | Tuesdays | 6/15-8/3 | 5:00-5:50 pm or 6:00-6:50 pm | $40
Bow Creek | Thursdays | 6/17-8/5 | 5:00-5:50 pm or 6:00-6:50 pm | $40

Learn to Swim - Adult - Age 16 & up
Bow Creek | Thursdays | 6/17-8/5 | 7:00-7:50 pm | $40

Introduction To Competitive Swimming - Age 6 & up
Bow Creek | Thursdays | 6/15-8/3 | 7:00-7:50 pm | $40

Swim, Stretch or Tone - Age 14 & up
Kempsville | Wednesdays | 6/16-8/4 | 6:00-6:50 pm or 7:00-7:50 pm | $40

Therapeutic Recreation or Inclusion Support?
Boy in PoolVirginia Beach Parks and Recreation welcomes and encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in recreation programs and provides two main ways an individual can do so: Inclusion Support Services and Therapeutic Recreation Programs. Not sure what the differences are or how to access the appropriate service or program?  View a chart to help you determine which offering would best meet your needs.
Be On the Lookout: Summer Hiring is Around the Corner!
TR FirecrackersWe're recruiting summer staff to work with and assist children and teens with special needs in Camp Explore and New Ventures. Applications are available online. Join us for a summer of FUN with new friends, new challenges and rewarding experiences!!
Positions Available:
TR Camp Counselor Aide - $7.25/hour
TR Activity Assistant Leader - $8.62/hour
TR Activity Leader - $9.99/hour
Staff in the Spotlight  
BriannaBrianna Sally graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2009. She majored in Psychology and Sociology with concentration in Crime and Deviance. Currently, Brianna is attending  ODU for her Masters Degree in Special Education. Brianna has been working part time with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs for three summers at Camp Explore.  As of fall 2009, Brianna has been working in the TR office helping with the "behind the scenes" details as well as assisting in programs. Her favorite part of her job is the "joy she gets from seeing our participants learn something new."  Each one of their smiles brightens her day!  Brianna also loves helping the participants get involved in activities with their peers.
EmilyEmily Fisher graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in June 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. Since the summer of 2003, Emily has been working with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs. She has worked in almost all of the TR programs as well as Camp Explore and New Ventures. As of fall 2009, Emily has been working in the TR office assisting with the day to day office responsibilities. Her favorite part of her job is "getting to see the participants enjoy life as uninhibited as possible". Emily would like to continue her education, aspiring to become a criminal psychologist.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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