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Therapeutic Recreation Newsletter | August 2013 | 
Camp Explore, Junior Ventures & New Ventures Wrap Up


CamperIt's hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. Staff and campers had a blast throughout the summer participating in non-stop activities. At Camp Explore, the kids enjoyed swimming at Williams Farm Recreation Center, seeing the animals at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, and spending the day on the beach at Little Island Park. Family and friends got to enjoy a dude ranch themed Camp Carnival with their camper, as well as the many talents displayed on the last day at the annual Talent Show. Check out some video of the show from VBTV! 
The participants and staff at Junior and New Ventures kept just as busy. Junior Ventures volunteered at Norfolk Botanical Gardens while New Ventures volunteered at Surf & Adventure Co. / Ocean Rentals Ltd. Laundry Facility. Participants benefitted from discussing the job skills required for various careers. They went kayaking and learned archery from our Parks & Recreation Outdoors Team. They enjoyed a tour of Princess Anne Recreation Center and participating in a fitness class after being introduced to some exercise equipment. The groups took a trip the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, riding The Tide and ferry along the way. The groups also participated in some leisure activities of their choice like going to Cinema Café to enjoy a movie. Junior and New Ventures joined Camp Explore on their trip to the beach, volunteered at the Camp Carnival, and displayed their talents at the annual Talent Show. 

Catching Waves at Surf-n-Fun!


SurfingThis summer marked the 7th year of Surf-n-Fun, a surf program for individuals with various disabilities. Surfers experienced the thrill of riding a wave, and for some, being in the ocean for the first time. Our TR staff teamed up with Aquatics instructors and staff from our Fitness Unit and Recreation Operations, along with some wonderful volunteers, to provide each surfer with a 30-minute session in the water. 


Whether they rode in on their stomach, kneeled, or conquered the surfer stance, everyone enjoyed their time in the water and on the board! View more photos of the participants.

Registration for Fall and Winter Programs


Registration will begin on Saturday, September, 7th starting at 9:00 am both online via EZreg and in person at any recreation center. Programs you can register for at this time are: 
Fall Programs
Just Wanna DanceAround Town I - Age 36 & up   
#116420 | Bayside | Fri | 9/20 - 12/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70

Around Town II - Age 26-35   
#116421 | Kempsville | Fri | 9/20 - 12/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70

Around Town III - Age 18-25  
#116422 | Kempsville | Fri | 9/20 - 12/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70

Around Town IV - Age 14-17  
#116423 | Great Neck | Fri | 9/20 - 12/13 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm | $70
 *No Around Town programs will be held on Friday, November 29 

Just Wanna Dance - Age 14 & up
#116424 | Kempsville | Tue | 9/17 - 11/5 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm | $65
 * Program held at alternate location on Tuesday, October 8 

Fall Aquatic Programs
Adult Swim - Age 16 and up
#112621 | Williams Farm | Wed | 9/11 - 10/30 | 6:30 - 7:20 pm | $46
#112622 | Williams Farm | Wed | 9/11 - 10/30 | 7:30 - 8:20 pm | $46

Winter Aquatic Programs   
Learn to Swim - Age 6-15
#116425 | Kempsville | Sat | 1/11 - 3/1 | 10:30 - 11:20 am | $46
#116426 | Kempsville | Sat | 1/11 - 3/1 | 11:30 am - 12:20 pm | $46
Special Events
Sweet Night for a Dinner & Dance - Age 14 & up 
#116430 | Kempsville | Fri | 1/10 | 6:00 - 8:30 pm | $10
Learn more about these programs on our website!
In the Spotlight: Meet Our Summer Intern 


CourtneyCourtney Garner is a graduating senior from Temple University in Philadelphia who completed her senior internship with the Therapeutic Recreation Programs this summer. One of her projects was planning the Camp Carnival. She stated that the significance of this internship was invaluable and nothing can replace the experiences she had here in Virginia. Not only was she able to learn a lot about the profession, but also a great deal about herself personally and as an emerging professional. 


Courtney's goal is to get a full-time job after graduating and continuing to learn. She is eager to enter the profession as a recreation therapist and feels she has a lot to offer to the field of therapeutic recreation.

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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