Workshops:



Summerama Camp Staff Training

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

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Maintenance Workshop

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

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Courses:



Playground Maintenance Training

Virtual - February 1-12, 2021

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Playground Maintenance Training

Virtual - February 1-12, 2021

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CPO Training Course

Virtual - March 24, 2021

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CPSI Training Course

Virtual - March 24, 2021

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Summerama Camp 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 2021 Summerama will be held on Sunday, June 6th Virtually via Zoom.

Attendee Brochure available soon

Maintenance Workshop

Maintenance Workshop

Hosted annually by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association. 

 Thursday, June 3rd, 2021  

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.

 This workshop is a great way to meet people from around the state who work in  park and  school settings and face similar challenges.

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Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course

CPO Training Course

Hosted annually by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association. 

Virtual - March 24, 2021  

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.

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Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course


CPSI Training Course


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

Virtual - April 6-8, 2021

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.    


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Upcoming events

    • December 03, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual!
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    VRPA December Quarterly Meeting

    EDUCATION PROGRAM  (0.1 CEU) 

    • Thursday, December 13, 2020
    • 10:00 am-11:20 am
    • Virtual Meeting via Zoom

    "Weathering Storms and Staying Prepared"

    Speaker: Dr. Jon Kedrowski

    Speaker / Author / Ski Mountaineer / Professor Two Time Mt. Everest Summiteer

    Like with mountaineering, in life and business there are always storms. What you do before and during the storm determines what success you’ll have when the storms clear, which inevitably they will. Right now we are all in the middle of one of the biggest storms most of us have ever experienced. We are wondering what we can do while in the middle of this storm when our normal way of life and business has been so disrupted.

    In this motivational and action-packed webinar, I will share stories and actionable insights on how to

    • Adjust your plans, attitudes, and actions and look to create new opportunities

    • Overcome fear and endure by focusing on the things you can control

    • Embrace a “No Off Days” mindset and get “Everest Ready” to set yourself up for success when the storms pass

    • Plus bonus videos and stories of my mountaineering setbacks, including experiencing and living through the 2015 Nepal earthquake and avalanche and it’s aftermath.

    This is based on living and thriving through frequent storms in my own life, often on high-altitude peaks around the world, that have left me stuck inside a tent for days at a time, uncertain of what the future holds. Storms have derailed dreams I’ve had and made me wait months or years for a chance to pursue them again. Rather than staying focused on the unknown, I will show ways you can build the foundation for success when the storms end.

    MEETING AGENDA

    10:00 – 10:10 am             Welcome & Introduction

    10:10 – 11:20 am             CEU SESSION – "Weathering Storms and Staying Prepared"

    11:20 – 11:30 am             Questions / short break

    11:30 – 12:00 pm             Round Table Discussions – Sports during Covid, New & creative programming, Funding & budgeting, Parks & Facility maintenance & mangement

    12:00 – 1:00 pm               VRPA Business Meeting – all encouraged to stay and participate in meeting!


    Meeting Registration Fee:  $15.00 (VRPA Members), $25 (non VRPA members)

    Please register by Monday, November 30th.  Thank you!



    • January 12, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Virtual!
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    ESports Webinar

     (0.1 CEU) 

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    10:00 am-11:30 am
    Virtual Meeting via Zoom

      Course Description:

      We will hear a presentation from Erich Bao of GGLeagues where he will discuss:

      · What is ESports

      · Why has ESports become so popular

      · Why should you and your community consider ESports

      · How you can get involved

      We will also have time to discuss the possibilities and interest of creating a statewide ESports League here in Vermont.

      Join us to find out why parks & rec departments all around the country are getting involved with esports, including new leagues in NH & MA!

      Don’t miss this great discussion!


      Please register by January 8th, 2021.  Thank you!

      • February 01, 2021
      • 2:00 PM (EST)
      • February 12, 2021
      • 3:00 PM (EST)
      • Virtual

                

      Playground Maintenance Training Course (PMT)

      Monday, February 1 - Friday, February 12th, 2021

      Virtual

      The PMT training program is the most comprehensive, long-standing maintenance and inspection training program for playgrounds in the country. It teaches systems, process, and best practices in proactive maintenance to prevent incidents and minimize liability. 

      The Playground Maintenance Technician training program is designed for front-line, “boots-on-the-ground” staff and their supervisors who are responsible for regular, hands-on inspection and maintenance of playground equipment. PMT focuses on practical, real-world application of common playground inspection, maintenance and corrective action practices.

      Over the course of two weeks, the participants will go through the virtual course together. There will be three live webinars and 13 e-courses with the following format:

      Week 1

      Monday: 1st live webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm

      Tuesday-Thursday: participants complete the first 3 e-courses on their own

      Friday: 2nd live webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm

      Week 2

      Monday-Thursday: participants complete the remaining 10 e-courses & participate in the “Virtual Playground” conclusion.

      Friday: 3rd live webinar, 2:00-3:00 pm 

      The webinars are intended to provide opportunities to review and reinforce the concepts covered in the e-courses. It also gives an opportunity for participants to ask the instructor questions and share knowledge and experience with each other. The second webinar will include a designated Q&A with a panel of PMT instructors. During the third and final webinar there will be  a group discussion about playground maintenance during coronavirus.

      Each participant receives the nearly 250 page textbook and a course workbook that is theirs to keep after the training.


      CLICK HERE FOR THE PMT COURSE BROCHURE

      • March 24, 2021
      • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual

                

      Certified Pool/Spa Operators Course

      Wednesday, March 24, 2021 (Test Date)

      Virtual

      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 2021 pool season. 

      CLICK HERE FOR THE CPO COURSE BROCHURE

    Past events

    September 23, 2020 77th Vermont Conference on Recreation - Exhibit Hall
    September 23, 2020 77th Vermont Conference on Recreation - ATTENDEE REGISTRATION
    June 09, 2020 Summerama 2020
    May 13, 2020 2020 VRPA Annual Meeting
    March 12, 2020 VRPA March Quarterly Meeting
    December 05, 2019 VRPA December 2019 Quarterly Meeting
    November 21, 2019 16th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - AUDIENCE
    November 21, 2019 16th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - ARTISTS
    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 - ARTISTS
    November 15, 2018 15th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - AUDIENCE
    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 - ARTISTS
    November 16, 2017 14th Annual Vermont Performance Showcase - AUDIENCE
    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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