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 & activity listings. 

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 - High School (Ages 14-21)
    • Around Town at Kempsville - Adult (Ages 22 & up)​
    • Around Town at Bayside (Age 22 & up) 
    • Around Town at Bow Creek (Age 22 & up)
    • Around Town at Princess Anne (Age 22 & up)

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

TR 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 staff work 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

Discovery Camp

Camp Explore(Age 6-21)  This 7-week day camp for individuals with disabilities allows campers to have a fun summer camp experience. Our vision is to create an environment that fosters new friendships, sparks the camper’s 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, dance/drama, science, arts & crafts, nature studies, and games. Campers will be encouraged to participate in activities in a positive and safe environment while following the rules of the 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 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 1:3 based on individual need.  
Skills Needed: Be able to maintain social distancing with or without verbal reminders; able to follow familiar one to two-step directions; require minimal assistance with activities of daily living; manage own behavior with minimal staff intervention and able to make simple choices. Participants must have a desire to participate in sessions.
Participants who require 1:1 assistance are welcome with their own assistant. (a background check is required and will be paid for by the City).
Cost: $1,000 - $200 due at registration, remaining balance paid in payment plan
Camp Hours: 8:30am - 3pm
Please note there is no extended care option & there will be no program on July 5


Social Hour

50236987012_0fdeac049e_c.jpg(Ages 14+) This 8 week virtual "Social Hour" program provides the opportunity for participants to participate in a virtual environment to connect with their peers. Staff will facilitate social conversations and chats to allow participants to work on socialization skills while getting to engage with their peers who they haven't seen for a while. Discussion topics could range from leisure activities they have been doing during their time away from program (activities), how they are dealing with the current situation, and also interactive games will be played.
Skills Needed: Participants will need access to the internet and a webcam or smart device to be able to see the instruction. This program will be offered over the Zoom platform.
No recreation membership is required.
There is no fee for this program.


Fit in Motion

50236987012_0fdeac049e_c.jpg (Ages 10+) This 6-week virtual Fitness Program takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-6:30pm. The program will cover strength and cardiovascular endurance training. The strength portions will be using mostly bodyweight exercises, but some weight exercises will be incorporated (supervisors will give alternatives if participants don’t have dumbbells or free weights). Program supervisors will be facilitating and leading the participants through the workouts at a steady introductory pace. Each workout will have coinciding visuals that can be emailed out to parents/guardians so participants can have a visual schedule to follow along with as well as the instructor video guide.
Skills Needed: Participants will need access to the internet and a webcam or smart device to be able to see the instruction. This program will be offered over the Zoom platform.
No recreation membership is required.

Camp from My Couch

50236987012_0fdeac049e_c.jpg (Ages 12-21) This virtual camp provides campers the opportunity to still participate in the activities of summer camp but from home! Campers will participate in activities such as arts and crafts, science, nature, fitness, leisure education, and technology. Special activities may include virtual field trips, dance parties, and games! The program will run over Zoom.
Skills Needed: Participants will need access to the internet and a webcam or smart device to be able to see the instruction. This program will be offered over the Zoom platform.
No recreation membership is required.




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