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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | September 2011 | 
Cruzin' Through Summer

Camp Explore

"Now arriving at your final destination..."

It's hard to believe another summer of camps have come and gone. Campers and staff set sail aboard the "USSCEJVANV" (USS Camp Explore, Junior Ventures and New Ventures) for a non-stop, activity filled summer.


As Camp Explore traveled, they spent their summer learning cool new things in various classes while enjoying fun theme weeks. Campers enjoyed field trips to the Virginia Aquarium, the Tides baseball game and a day at the Little Island Park beach. Family and friends had a blast from the past at the 50's Sock Hop carnival, with a guest appearance by Elvis himself! It was a bitter-sweet ending to an amazing summer as family and friends enjoyed the many talents displayed at the end of summer Talent Show.  

Junior VenturesTraveling alongside New Ventures this summer was Junior Ventures, a brand new camp offered for ages 13-16. The Junior Ventures and New Ventures crews kept busy with fun activities, volunteering at various sites and taking outings in the community. For a week, Junior Ventures had the opportunity to spend their mornings with Virginia Beach Extension Master Gardeners, participating in their Junior Master Gardeners program at Woodstock Park. They learned about different types of plants, herbs, insects and reptiles, and had the opportunity to tour the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Not only did Junior Ventures get to volunteer at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens twice a week, but they were also involved in learning and volunteering with the Junior Lifeguards alongside Scott Corillo from the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Unit.

The New Ventures crew gained hands on experience at Food Lion assisting with their daily job tasks. Campers also experienced the popular "Drums Alive" fitness program. Fitness Instructor, Linda, led the group in a drum circle, teaching them the different techniques of the high-energy class. Both groups also had the opportunity to go kayaking on Lake Smith with the Outdoor Programming Unit.  

This summer was nothing short of spectacular for everyone involved! We are sad to see summer end, but excited to see what fall will bring for Therapeutic Recreation Programs. Thanks to EVERYONE who helped make this summer extra special!
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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, fitness, aquatic and social programs.
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Surf 'n Fun in the Sun!


SurfingThis summer we had two full days to enjoy surfing at Pendleton Beach! Sadly, one day was postponed to a later date due to unsafe conditions at the oceanfront, however, the two days we did have camp, we couldn't have asked for better weather, waves or surfers! 

Surf camp was full of sunshine and smiles! Each participant put on a life jacket, picked out a surfboard, and went with their surf instructor into the water for the experience of a lifetime. Some rode the waves all the way to the sand while others challenged themselves to kneel or even stand up!

Thanks to all who made our 5th summer of surf camp a huge success!
Registration for Fall Programs


We will be holding registration on Saturday, September 10 at Kempsville Recreation Center room 103 (TR office) from 9 am to noon. In addition to summer programs, you can also register for fall swim programs at this time.

Around TownAround Town I - Age 36 & up
Bayside | Fri | 9/23 - 12/9 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $55  


Around Town II - Age 26-35
Kempsville | Fri | 9/23 - 12/9 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $55


Around Town III - Age 19-25

Kempsville | Fri | 9/23 - 12/9 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $55


Around Town VI - Age 14-18

Great Neck | Fri | 9/23 - 12/9 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | $55


Just Wanna Dance - Age 14 & up 

Kempsville | Mon | 10/3 - 11/21 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | $65

Dance Recital: Monday, November 21


Outdoor Challenge Series - Age 12-35

Kempsville | Sat | 10/1, 10/15, 10/29 & 11/12 |  9:00 am - 1:00 pm | $79


Tumble, Jump & RollTumble, Jump and Roll - Age 4-8 

Kempsville | Mon | 11/9 - 12/14 | 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm | $37


For the Love of Food - Age 9-14 

Kempsville | Wed | 11/9 - 12/14 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm | $85
*Winter* Learn to Swim - Age 6 - 15
Bow Creek | Sat | 1/7 - 2/25 | 10:30 am - 11:20 am | $43
Bow Creek | Sat | 1/7 - 2/25 | 11:30 am - 12:20 pm | $43
Ongoing registration for after school programs (space is limited):

All Stars - Age 5 - 13 (must have turned 5 on or before September 30, 2011)
Kempsville | M-F | 9/6 - 6/18 | 2:30 - 5:30 pm | $275/month, plus one time $45 processing fee

Champions - Age 14 - 21 (currently attending middle or high school) 

Kempsville | M-F | 9/6 - 6/18 | 2:30 - 5:30 pm | $275/month, plus one time $45 processing fee


Be On the Lookout: TR Special Events

In our Winter/Spring TR Programs Survey, you told us you were looking for some special events from TR. As the fall season begins, look for more information about new one time events such as a TR Float Day, a Parent/Caregiver Workshop and a special Semi-Formal Dance!  

New City of Virginia Beach Website Coming Soon!

New Website to Launch Friday Evening, September 9 

WebsiteBig changes are coming to! The City of Virginia Beach's website has been completely redesigned based on direct feedback and requests from our users, as well as the city's desire to implement technology improvements. Some notable additions and enhancements to the website include:      

  • An interactive calendar of events that can be filtered based on your preferences
  • A media center containing video and photo galleries 
  • Mobile accessibility that is compatible across all major smartphone formats
  • A visually appealing design that highlights our beautiful city through the use of imagery
  • An interactive Map Center featuring layering capability and an improved graphic interface 
  • A design that is compatible with multiple browsers on multiple platforms
  • An improved search with auto-suggestions as you type        
We hope you'll love the new site! You may need to update some of your saved links when the new site launches.

NOTE: The new website was initially set to launch on August 29, but due to the approach of Hurricane Irene, the launch date was delayed.
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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