Courses & Workshops
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.
Attendee Brochure available soon
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.