Courses & Workshops

Summerama Staff Training


SUMMERAMA

For over 40 years, the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association has hosted Summerama, a camp-specific training program for new and seasoned staff. The purpose of this workshop is to supplement in-house counselor orientations with a robust schedule of hands-on education sessions led by regional camp professionals. Summerama is the first step toward training your counselors, initiating a strong team bond for the summer and developing resilient staff.

Bring Your Training to the Next Level...The Summerama schedule includes sessions covering a variety of camp topics. With a mix of interactive and informational, long and short time blocks, and material suited for all experience levels, every member of your staff can customize their training with selections that peak their interest.

Lasting Benefits... Joining Summerama and the VRPA family will open your organization up to a vast network of opportunity. Connecting with neighboring camps is a great way to share resources and provide a sense of belonging in the greater camp community. Your staff will leave Summerama feeling empowered and eager to kick off a great season!

Making the Most of Summerama...For best results, we recommend splitting up to cover more ground. Debriefing as a team during your regularly-scheduled orientation following the event is a great way to share information and nurture team bonding.

The 2020 Summerama will be held on Sunday, June 7th at the Barre City Auditorium.

CLICK HERE for the Save the Date flyer

Attendee Brochure available soon

Maintenance Workshop

Maintenance Workshop

In 2010, the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association brought back the Maintenance Workshop; it had been eleven years since the last VT/NH Maintenance Workshop. In 2011 we began a collaboration with the New Hampshire Recreation and Parks Association (NHRPA) and NESTMA (New England Sports Turf Managers Association) to re-introduce the VT/NH Maintenance Workshop.  The Maintenance Workshop is designed specifically for the men and women who take care of our parks and athletic facilities. In recent years the morning has been dedicated to site visits and hands-on workshops and the afternoon to facilitated best practice roundtable discussions.

In 2019, VRPA and NHRPA will each be hosting a Maintenance Workshop. The Vermont Maintenance Workshop will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the Middlebury Recreation Center. This workshop is a great way to meet people from around the state who work in  park and  school settings and face similar challenges.

VENDOR/COMMERCIAL PARTNER DETAILS & REGISTRATION 

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course

CPO Training Course

Hosted annually by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association. 

Re-Scheduled to June 9th & 10th, 2020 

The Certified Pool Operator® certification program is a nationally recognized course which teaches advanced techniques in safety, water chemistry, maintenance, and management. This course is recognized as the standard in the industry. The CPO® seal of approval is assurance to pool and spa owners that their facilities and their swimmers are under the supervision of trained certified professionals. Those who complete the program and open-book examination receive certification which is valid for five years in all 50 states. 

Who should attend the CPO course? Recreation directors, maintenance personnel, aquatic staff, recreation facility managers, service technicians, apartment/condo managers, health inspectors, and anyone else responsible for taking care of a pool, spa, or aquatic facility in a recreation center, health club, school, university, motel, etc.

Click Here to Register & for more information!

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course


CPSI Training Course


Hosted by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association every three years.

Re-scheduled to June 16-18, 2020

The Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) is a 15-hour comprehensive training program on playground hazards identification and risk management methods, offered by the National Recreation and Parks Association.  Attendees have the option to site for the CPSI examination scheduled at the culmination of the course.  Upon  successfully passing the exam, you will be certified through the National Recreation and Parks Association as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector for a three year period.  The CPSI course provides the most comprehensive training program on playground safety anywhere.  

Who should attend the CPSI course? Administrators, supervisory personnel, public works department staff, planning department staff, buildings and grounds maintenance staff, engineers, architects, playground equipment representatives, operators and caretakers of playgrounds in parks, schools, summer camps, day camps, homeowners associations, hotels/resorts, childcare centers, and agencies such as the YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs.    


Click Here for More Information & To Register Online!



Upcoming events

    • May 13, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Community Sailing Center
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    VRPA Annual Meeting

    Wednesday, May 13th

    Community Sailing Center

    Burlington, VT


    Featuring Local Motion & the Community Sailing Center!

    We gather each May to celebrate our accomplishments of the previous year, prepare for the summer’s activities, and recognize some of the people who have made significant contributions to the association and to recreation across Vermont. The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to network with your recreation colleagues. We hope you will join us!

    Meeting Schedule

    8:30 - 9:00 AM - Check-In, Networking, & Snacks

    9:00 AM – 12:30 PM  - Education Program #1, Business Meeting, Annual Awards, VIP Raffle, & Silent Auction

    12:30 – 1:30 PM - Buffet Luncheon  

    2:00 – 3:30 PM - Education Program #2


    Register today to reserve your space! 

    More details on education sessions will be available soon.


      



    • June 04, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Middlebury Recreation Center
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    2020 VERMONT MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    Middlebury Recreation Center

    -   -   -   INVITATION TO ATTEND   -   -   -


    REGISTRATION IS OPEN

    The Vermont Recreation & Parks Association and the New England Sports Turf Managers Association invite you to attend the 2020 Vermont Maintenance Workshop.        

    Throughout the morning, participants can choose between concurrent hands-on educational sessions and exclusive time with our vendors and commercial partners. We will break for lunch followed by small roundtable discussions on a variety of topics - there will be time for everyone to choose three topics. Meet people from around the region who work in park and school settings. Attendees will walk away with specific resources and tools to apply within your own organization and community.

    For more details & registration information,
    CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

    CLICK HERE for education session descriptions.

    Please Note: To register multiple people on one invoice   
    At the end of the registration process for the first person,
    click on the “add guest” button to register each additional person.



          





    • June 04, 2020
    • 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Middlebury Recreation Center
    Register


    2020 VERMONT MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP

    Thursday, June 4, 2020
    Middlebury Recreation Center

    INVITATION TO VENDORS/COMMERCIAL PARTNERS


    REGISTRATION IS OPEN


          For more details &
    registration information,
    CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT.


          





    • June 07, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Barre City Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill, Barre, VT 05641
    • 250
    Register

          

    SUMMERAMA

    Camp Staff Training

    Sunday, June 7, 2020
    8:30
    am - 4:00 pm
    Barre City Auditorium


    Bring Your Training to the Next Level...This summer's Summerama schedule includes sessions covering a variety of camp topics. With a mix of interactive and informational, long and short time blocks, and material suited for all experience levels, every member of your staff can customize their training with selections that pique their interest.

    Lasting Benefits... Joining Summerama and the VRPA family will open your organization up to a vast network of opportunity. Connecting with neighboring camps is a great way to share resources and provide a sense of belonging in the greater camp community. Your staff will leave Summerama feeling empowered and eager to kick off a great season!


    SUMMERAMA BROCHURE - available soon!

    Registration limited to the first 250 registrations. Don't delay! 

     




    • June 09, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • June 10, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Best Western/Windjammer in South Burlington, Vermont
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    Certified Pool/Spa Operators Course

    Tuesday & Wednesday, June 9 & 10, 2020

    Best Western/Windjammer in South Burlington, VT

    The Certified Pool Operator® certification program is a nationally recognized course which teaches advanced techniques in safety, water chemistry, maintenance and management. This course is recognized as the standard in the industry. The CPO® seal of approval is assurance to pool and spa owners, from motels to Olympic-sized municipal and college pools, that their facilities and their swimmers are under the supervision of trained certified professionals. Those who complete the program and open-book and open-note examination receive certification and a registration number which is valid for five years in all 50 states.

    Who should attend? Recreation directors, pool directors, pool managers, health inspectors, apartment/condo/building managers, service technicians, engineering staff, spa personnel, maintenance personnel, aquatic staff, and recreation facility managers from community recreation centers, swim clubs, municipalities, hotels, motels, swim parks, resorts, health clubs, country clubs, colleges, universities, military installations, hospitals, schools, etc. - any facility with a pool, spa, or aquatic feature.

    The Vermont Recreation & Parks Association hosts a CPO Course once each year. This is your opportunity to get your pool staff trained and ready to go for the summer 2020 pool season. 

    CLICK HERE FOR THE CPO COURSE BROCHURE

    • June 16, 2020
    • 7:30 AM
    • June 18, 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, VT
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    Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course

    June 16-18

    Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center

    Burlington, VT

    We know that more than 200,000 children are treated annually for accidents on public playgrounds across the country. How does your equipment measure up? How many injuries occurred on your playgrounds? Sponsored by the Vermont Recreation & Parks Association, the Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course is the most comprehensive training program on playground hazard identification and risk management methods offered anywhere. 

    Click Here for the Flier & Registration Form

    Class Size: Space is limited so you are encouraged to register early. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. A minimum registration of 25 is required by NRPA.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before 3/6/20 will be eligible for a partial refund (registration fee less $50 VRPA service charge and $100 NRPA material charge.) After March 6th, name substitutions only will be allowed and you are responsible for getting the study materials to your replacement. All refund/replacement requests must be submitted in writing and can be mailed or emailed.

    CEU Credit: You may obtain 1.5 CEU credits for participation in this course. Please be sure to fill out a CEU form and get it signed before you leave at the end of Day 2.

    Pre-Course Study Materials: You will receive written study materials approximately four weeks before the course. It is extremely important that you read the course materials prior to attending the class. Failure to study the materials before the course commonly leads to failure of the exam.

    Lunches: The registration fee includes lunch on both days.

    Exam: Those taking the course are eligible to take the Playground Safety Inspectors Exam on Thursday, April 9. The fee is $115; see registration form. Upon successfully passing the exam, you will be certified through the National Recreation & Park Association as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) for a three-year period. The option to take the CPSI exam via computer-based testing is now available through the NRPA. To obtain additional information please visit www.nrpa.org/cpsi.    Please be advised if you register to take the examination with the course, you will not receive a refund to take your initial exam via computer-based testing at a later date. Please decide now if you would like to take the exam on Day 3 of the course or via a Computer-Based Exam at a later date.

    Accommodations: Special room rates for the CPSI delegates have been secured at the Hampton Inn by Hilton in Colchester, VT. They are $109 single or double rooms, plus 10% tax. This rate is good until 3/13/20, after that as available. Call the Hampton Inn by Hilton at 802-655-6177 to reserve a room at these preferred rates under the Playground Safety Workshop reservation.


    Thank you!

     

Past events

March 12, 2020 VRPA March Quarterly Meeting
December 05, 2019 VRPA December 2019 Quarterly Meeting
November 21, 2019 16th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - ARTISTS
November 21, 2019 16th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - AUDIENCE
October 10, 2019 76th Vermont Conference on Recreation - ATTENDEE REGISTRATION
October 10, 2019 76th Vermont Conference on Recreation - Exhibit Hall
June 06, 2019 2019 Vermont Maintenance Workshop - Attendees
June 06, 2019 2019 Vermont Maintenance Workshop - Exhibit Hall
June 02, 2019 Summerama 2019
May 16, 2019 2019 VRPA Annual Meeting
March 26, 2019 Certified Pool/Spa Operators Course
March 14, 2019 VRPA March Quarterly Meeting
December 06, 2018 VRPA December 2018 Quarterly Meeting
November 15, 2018 15th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - AUDIENCE
November 15, 2018 15th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - ARTISTS
October 11, 2018 Theresa S. Brungardt Awards Luncheon
October 10, 2018 75th Vermont Conference on Recreation
October 10, 2018 75th Vermont Conference on Recreation - Exhibit Hall
June 03, 2018 Summerama 2018
May 08, 2018 2018 VRPA Annual Meeting
March 27, 2018 Certified Pool/Spa Operators Course
March 15, 2018 VRPA March Quarterly Meeting
December 06, 2017 VRPA December Quarterly Meeting
November 16, 2017 14th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - AUDIENCE
November 16, 2017 14th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - ARTISTS
October 11, 2017 2017 Vermont Conference on Recreation
July 29, 2017 VRPA - St. Johnsbury Academy State Track Meet
June 03, 2017 Summerama
May 31, 2017 Maintenance Workshop
May 09, 2017 VRPA Annual Meeting
April 04, 2017 Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course
March 21, 2017 Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course
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