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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.


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Youth Camp Ideas

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, June 1, 2015

Happy Monday, is it June already? Last week Joseph Voska and Toni Webb, from the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, presented our latest Wellness Webinar discussing youth program ideas for the summer months. This webinar has important information for brainstorming and incorporating new youth program offerings in your own community. Even though this summer is right around the corner, the ideas presented by Joseph and Toni can help enhance your future summer programs!

Joseph and Toni talk about the variety of camp programs offered to meet the needs and wants of the Raleigh’s diverse youth population. It is important to remember each individual kid has their own interests, so the parent will register their child for the best fit program. Raleigh’s Summer X-Press Program is a high quality traditional camp experience. The program offers organized activities including: arts and crafts, recreational sports and games, field trips and much more. Day Trippin’ Camp is another idea that was discussed during the webinar. This program is extremely popular, mainly because it is not your typical summer camp. Day Trippin’ campers have the opportunity to go on two field trips each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This way the campers have an opportunity to go swimming, fishing, boating, ice skating, bowling or visit museums and watch movies.

Joseph and Toni also discuss the challenges and successes of their programs. If you are still searching for unique program ideas, then please click the following link to view the webinar:

Lately the webinars have been discussing opportunities to help get kids actively involved in various programs, but do not forget about the healthy eating options! Even if your programs are set for the summer months, make sure to provide healthy snacks for your camp participants. It is not too late to change those chips to apples, carrots or celery! Check out NCRPA’s Wellness Activities and Education in After School and Camp Programs webpage. There you can read healthy snack guidelines and how you can incorporate it into your summer programs.

Your youth programs, whether it is summer or during the year, can become stronger by offering more opportunities to engage the youth, as well as providing healthy eating options. If you have youth program or healthy eating ideas, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


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Wellness Webinars in Review

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Monday,

Can you believe it’s almost summer? As summer approaches, it is a great opportunity to discuss some of the previous webinars the Wellness Initiative has hosted during the course of 2015. There is plenty of valuable information and ideas that could potentially kick start a new program within your department! The NCRPA vimeo page has all past webinars recorded for your convenience, hopefully they might spark some inspiration. 

The first webinar of the year in late January featured Matt Carusona and myself. We discussed 8 programs for 2015. The webinar shared program ideas and activities that could be implemented year-round. Some ideas included: an outdoor family scavenger hunt, boot camp or yoga in the park, running groups, and beach workouts. If you need more ideas or inspiration for summer programs then you can view the webinar here:  

Our February webinar featured Scott Knox from Morrisville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. Scott provided information regarding run groups and training for a 5k race. Scott went over key points, such as getting started, who to reach out to in your community, and vital information for organizing run groups and 5K training. If you want to learn more about run groups, you can view a video of Scotts Webinar here: 

The March webinar featured Ellis Hamburger who works on the Communications Team at Snapchat, Inc. Ellis hosted an informative webinar discussing the importance of physical activity for our overall health. Ellis discussed smartphone apps that provide us with the tools and inspiration to remind us to be more active and health aware. To learn more about other apps that inspire and support a healthier, more activity lifestyle please click the following link to listen to Ellis’s webinar:

During our most recent webinar, Beth Farrell of Thomasville Parks and Recreation, discussed the positive contributions to a community when implementing a community garden. Community Garden’s bring together the youth, adults, and seniors in the community, working together to create healthier eating options. Ultimately, it encourages exercise and healthy food access. If you would like to hear more from Beth regarding community gardens, then please click the following link to view her webinar:

Please stay tuned for the next webinar, May 27th at 1:00pm. Remember webinars occur the last Wednesday of every month from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Please mark it in your calendar, it is an opportunity to listen to departments across the state share program ideas and initiatives which ultimately benefit us all.

If you would like to host a webinar or have a question regarding future webinars, then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (,


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