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.

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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.

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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.    


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Upcoming events

    • September 23, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • September 24, 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • VIRTUAL in 2020! (Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee VT)
    Register



    EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION IS OPEN

      77th Annual
    Vermont Conference on Recreation 

    Wednesday & Thursday, September 23rd & 24th, 2020

    Virtual Conference for 2020!

     


    For exhibit hall details & sponsorship  opportunities:

    CLICK ON the IMAGE ABOVE for the complete Exhibit Hall Brochure!   

    Still deciding whether or not to register? Here are some of the things that past exhibitors have said about this conference...

                                   “The Vermont Recreation Conference exceeded our expectations.                                                           Our company was so well received and we got so much foot traffic that we are                      gearing up for lots of new potential business in Vermont. Well worth the trip for us!”

                                     “This conference is very well run and a wonderful opportunity to meet                                     with current clients in a less formal  environment.”

                         “The VT Recreation Conference is one of the best delegate interactive conferences                                       in New England.  The location and value are well worth attending and exhibiting each year. I look forward to this conference and participating as a vendor every year.”


    • September 23, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • September 24, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual for 2020!
    Register



    The Complete Conference Brochure will be linked here as soon as it is completed mid-July!

     Conference Schedule At-A-Glance
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020   Thursday, September 24, 2020 

    8:00-8:30 Welcome & Overview

    8:30-9:00 Live Chat

    9:00-10:10 Education Block 1

    10:30-11:00 Live Chat

    11:00-12:10 Education Block 2

    12:30-1:45 Welcome & Keynote

    2:00-3:10 Education Block 3

    3:30-4:30 Social Hour


       8:00-8:30       Welcome & Overview
       8:30-9:00        Live Chat
       9:00-10:10       Education Block 1

       10:30-11:00    Live Chat

       11:00-12:10      Education Block 2
       12:30-1:00       Lunch & Learn mini sessions
       1:45-2:55        Education Block 3  

       3:00-4:00   Endnote

       4:15   Silent Auction Ends


    CLICK HERE to go to the Conference Web Page for more information.

Past events

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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