TR Program Opportunities

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 Leisure Programs

​​​​​​Therapeutic Recreation Programs offer a variety of programs which allow participants of all ages and abilities to enhance social skills and develop lifetime leisure interests. For current program offerings please check the Programs & Activities Catalog.

Ability Builders

(Age​ 22-30) This program is an opportunity for individuals with disabilities transitioning out of high school to participate in therapeutic recreation during the day. Participants will experience a variety of physical and social activities while working on communication, money handling, and decision making skills. Participants will also assist in planning group activities which may include crafts, cooking, horticulture, personal fitness, community outings, and more, all while improving or maintaining their current life skills. Participants will be responsible for any admission fees for outings.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:3-1:4
Skills Needed: able to follow familiar one to two-step directions, requires minimal assistance with activities of daily living, manage own behavior with minimal to moderate staff intervention and able to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.

Around Town

(Age 14 & up) This program provides the opportunity to participate in leisure activities in the recreation center and the community. Participants will select community outings, participate in various activities, work on money handling skills, managing their own belongings with minimal staff support and socialize with friends. Participants will be responsible for any admission fees for outings/activity. Note: meeting time may change on outing nights based on activity. 
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:3 to 1:5
Skills Needed: with minimal staff assistance is able to: complete familiar two-step directions; make choices; manage personal belongings and have the desire to participate. Participants who require 1:1 assistance are welcome with their own assistant.
    • ​Around Town at Kempsville (Ages 14-21)
    • Around Town at Bayside (Age 22 & up) 
    • Around Town at Bow Creek (Age 22 & up)
    • Around Town at Princess Anne (Age 22 & up)
    • Around Town at Great Neck (Age 22 & up)

Just Wanna Dance

(Age 14 & up) This dance program is designed for individuals with disabilities who just wanna DANCE! Participants will learn different types of dances which may include jazz, ballroom, hip hop and line dancing. Participants engage in playful rhythmic movement for fitness and coordination. The program incorporates use of props in class and during the end of session recital. 
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:3 
Skills Needed: Follows familiar one to two-step directions, manage own behavior with minimal staff intervention and able to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions. 

Outdoor Challenge Series

(Age 12 & up) This program is designed to explore the outdoors. Participants will experience a variety of outdoor recreational and stewardship activities. Activities may include kayaking, fishing and hiking. Through the challenges of each activity, participants can increase self-esteem and confidence, gain social skills, and learn coping strategies for various facets of life.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:4 
Skills Needed: Follows two step directions, manage own behavior with minimal staff intervention, manage personal belongings and able to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.

Your Way​ to 5K

(Age 12​​ & up) ​Your Way to 5K is a 6 week walk/run or roll physical fitness and training program for individuals with disabilities. Prior to program start, participants will complete a fitness readiness questionnaire to determine if appropriate for activity. Program will cover strength and cardiovascular endurance training both inside and outdoors. 
Staff to participant Ratio: 1:4
Skills needed: Follows two step directions, manage own behavior with minimal staff intervention, manage personal belongings and able to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.​
 

*Special Event* Sunset Paddle

(Age 12 & up) Welcoming first timers AND experienced kayakers. Participants should be comfortable being on/around water and during the sunset/dark time of night. This special event will be held in collaboration with Parks and Recreation’s Specialty Programs Staff. A trained lifeguard will be on duty as well. 
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:4
Skills Needed: Follows two step directions, manage own behavior with minimal staff intervention, manage personal belongings and able to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in the event.

*Special Event* A Sweet Night for a Dinner & Dance

(Age 14 & up) Enjoy a sweet night of dinner and dancing with your friends! Registration includes dinner and a keepsake picture. Participants who require 1:1 assistance are welcome with their own assistant/attendant. If participant’s guest will be enjoying dinner, the registration fee applies. Semi-formal dress
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 Aquatic Programs

​Youth Learn to Swim

Learn to SwimInfant/Toddler: Age 1 -4 with parent
Youth: Age 5-15
A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) works in conjunction with certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI) to provide adapted skill instruction (up to Level IV) in accordance with American Red Cross standards. The WSI’s, therapeutic recreation staff and volunteers provide individualized adaptations, instruction, physical support and behavior intervention in a safe aquatic environment. Participants will be provided physical support and behavior intervention, as appropriate, to ensure a safe aquatic environment.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:1 to 1:3 based on individual need
Skills Needed: Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.

Adult Swim
(Age 16 & Up) In collaboration with a Water Safety Instructor, therapeutic recreation staffwork with individuals to provide one of the following: adapted skill instruction based on American Red Cross Learn to Swim Standards, or individualized support for water exercise or modified swimming. Participants will be provided physical support and behavior intervention, as appropriate, to ensure a safe aquatic environment.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:1 to 1:3 based on individual need
Skills Needed: Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.

Surf-n-Fun

Surfing(Age 6 & up) Would you like to ride a wave? Join the Therapeutic Recreation staff for an afternoon of surf and fun. Instruction will take place at the Pendleton surfing area. Each surfer will receive a 30 minute surf lesson. Surfboards and lifejackets are provided. Waves are not guaranteed. Memberships cards are not required, so bring the whole family! *Note: This program is only offered to individuals with a disability.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 3:1; each surfer will have at least 2 staff with them in the water.
Skills Needed: Participants must have a desire to participate and be willing to get in the ocean.

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 Afterschool Programs

​​Therapeutic Recreation Programs offers an Out-of-School Time opportunity at Kempsville ​Recreation Center for participants enrolled in middle and high school. Registration takes place in August, before each school year, and is on-going as long as space is available. 

Champions

Champions
Age 11 - 21 (Currently attending middle or high school) This program is an opportunity for middle and high school students with special needs to participate in instructional and recreational activities after school. Each participant will work towards the achievement of individual goals through a variety of activities that include crafts, group games, drama, music, fitness, swimming and community outings. Participants will be responsible for any admission fees on community outings.  
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:3 
Skills Needed: Follows one to two step directions, requires minimal assistance with activities of daily living, manage own behavior with moderate to minimal staff intervention and ability to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.
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 Summer Camps

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​Summer camp registration begins March 11 and continues as space is available.

Camp Explore

Camp Explore(Age 6-22)  This instructional day camp, for individuals with disabilities, allows campers to explore endless opportunities and have a memorable camp experience. Our vision is to create an environment which fosters new friendships, sparks the campers imagination, develops a greater sense of independence, all while having fun learning new skills and activities. Individualized goals will be established and measured by participation in classes such as sports, music, dance, drama, arts and crafts, nature studies, and field trips. Class instruction is offered in small and large group formats and activities can be adapted to meet camper’s needs. We are committed to ensuring all have an enjoyable and successful camp experience. Campers will be encouraged to participate in activities in a positive and safe environment while following the rules of camp. Campers will need to bring their own lunch (meal and drink) and necessary personal items.  In addition to class leaders and camper assistants, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) will be onsite to work directly with campers. NOTE: This program is designed to promote community recreation and is not intended to provide behavior therapy interventions, tools or techniques.
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:2 to 1:4 based on individual need.  
Skills Needed: with or without staff assistance is able to: follow one-step directions; participate in group activities, manage own behavior with minimal to with or without staff assistance is able to: follow one-step directions; participate in group activities, manage own behavior with minimal staff intervention; does not present a danger to self or others; and demonstrate an interest in attending.  
TR Camp Explore Extended Care
This is an additional service that will offer supervised care of campers from Camp Explore that need service from 3 - 5:45 pm. 7 week program

Junior Ventures & New Ventures

New Ventures(Age 13-22) This 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 community organizations. Participants will be responsible for any admission fees incurred on trips or special events. 
Staff to Participant Ratio: 1:4 to 1:5 
Skills Needed: with or without minimal staff assistance is able to: complete two-step directions; make choices; manage personal belongings and have the desire to achieve an independent leisure lifestyle. An interview with a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist must be completed before program placement. 7 week program
TR New & Junior Ventures Extended Care
This is an additional service that will offer supervised care of campers from New & Junior Ventures that need service from 4:30 - 5:45 pm. 7 week program
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