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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | September 2012 | 
Back to the Future: Camp Style

Camp ExploreThis summer's edition of Camp Explore started off with a bolt of lightning! Back to the Future: Camp Style was the theme. With 42 campers, Therapeutic Recreation Programs staff traveled back in time with groups like the Mavericks, Starlighters, Jukebox Hero's, Rock-n-Rollers, and the Avengers! Campers enjoyed singing camp songs, learning new things in classes, and dressing up for our fun theme weeks.
Our special events of Water Play Day, a Movie with the Stars, and EquiKids Mobile Equestrian Unit were a hit with the kids! Campers also enjoyed field trips to the Children's Museum of Virginia and the Little Island Park beach. Family and friends joined our blast from the past at the 50's Sock Hop Carnival, with a guest appearance by Elmo! As usual, the summer ended with the highly anticipated Back to the Future: Camp Style Talent Show, where we revisited some memorable skits from the past ten years of camp talent shows. We are looking forward to the next decade of Camp Explore!
Campers at Little Island Alongside Camp Explore was the Junior Ventures and New Ventures summer crew. These campers kept busy with fun activities, volunteering at various sites and exciting outings in the community. For a week, both groups had the opportunity to spend the mornings with the Junior Master Gardeners at Woodstock Park. There they learned about different types plants, herbs, insects, reptiles, and had the opportunity to tour the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The Junior Ventures gained experience volunteering at the Botanical Gardens twice a week while the New Ventures crew was at the Surf and Adventure Laundry Facility assisting with their daily job tasks. Both groups had the opportunity to go kayaking on Stumpy Lake 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!
Registration for Fall Programs


We will be holding registration this Saturday, September 8 at Kempsville Recreation Center, room 103 from 9 am - noonPrograms you can register for include fall programs and winter aquatic programs:

Paddle BoardingAround Town I - Age 36 & up
Bayside | Fri | 9/21 - 12/14 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70

Around Town II
 - Age 26 - 35

Kempsville | Fri | 9/21 - 12/14 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70 


Around Town III - Age 18 - 25  
Kempsville | Fridays | 9/21 - 12/14 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70


Around Town IV - Age 14 - 17  
Great Neck | Fridays | 9/21 - 12/14 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70


Just Wanna Dance - Age 14 & up 
Kempsville | Tuesdays | 9/18 - 10/30 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm | $65


Tumble, Jump and Roll - Age 4 - 8 
Kempsville | Mondays | 11/5 - 12/10 | 5:45 - 6:45 pm | $37

Outdoor Challenge Series - Age 12 - 35 
Kempsville | Saturdays | Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20 and Oct 27 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm | $79


AQUATIC PROGRAMS (please note the day and location changes)
Learn to Swim - Age 6-15 
Kempsville | Sat | 1/12 - 3/2 | 10-10:50 am or 11-11:50 am | $46

Learn more about these programs on our website! Don't forget to look for more programs in the January Catalog.


Registration Process for September 8

We will be conducting registration on Saturday with our new process. We have outlined the steps below to make it easier for you:

1. Look for the signs in the parking lot directing you to the TR registration line.


2. Registration will be processed in the order in which you arrive, so please stay in line. Staff will distribute registration forms and review the process.


3. The doors will open at 9 am and the line will move inside. You'll sign-up for classes at Station 1.


4. Proceed to Station 2 to make your payment. Please have payment ready - cash, check, or credit card. If writing a check, include your driver's license number, expiration date, date of birth and phone number on the check. Registration is now complete.

You will be contacted for phone reviews or intakes at a later date. If you need forms or have any questions, please come to the TR Office for assistance.
Let's Talk About It: Hurricane Readiness

Hampton Roads Preparedness for Those with Special Needs 

HR Special Needs


The Hampton Roads Medical Needs Registry is an emergency preparedness tool that will be used by local emergency managers to communicate with people who have medical needs for emergency preparedness planning. The Medical Need Registry contains the names and addresses of individuals with medical needs or health conditions who cannot manage independently in a general shelter or evacuation center in an emergency. For more information, please visit

Save the Date! Sweet Night for a Dinner & Dance: Jan 18   

Friday, January 18 | Kempsville Recreation Center

Mark your calendar for the Annual Sweet Night for a Dinner & Dance on January 18! Participants age 14 & up will enjoy a sweet night of dancing with friends! Current Therapeutic Recreation participants are invited to this semi-formal dance. Those who require 1:1 assistance are welcome, but need to provide their own assistant. Look for more information in the coming months!

Staff in the Spotlight: Katie Barton 


KatieKatie Barton attends Longwood University and is studying Therapeutic Recreation. This summer she completed her junior internship under the supervision of Jessica Rhea, working with the Junior and New Ventures summer programs.


Although she had worked part-time as an Assistant Leader with Camp Explore last year, her experience this summer was completely different. Katie said, "I loved working with the teen and young adult population because they were so much fun to be around day to day." She facilitated group activities, assisted with trips to places such as their volunteer job site, Busch Gardens and the beach at Little Island Park.


Katie also had the opportunity to plan a special event for the Junior and New Ventures programs called Gameshow Mania. "I learned so much through my experience with Therapeutic Recreation programs and feel as if I have grown so much in the TR field through my internship!"

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