"Oh! That's, like, being a camp counselor or, like, working at like a Y.M.C.A., right?"
An activity done for enjoyment in one’s free time and often contributes to personal well-being.
RECREATION MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS .
A course of study focusing on the skills and knowledge needed to create and deliver recreation programs in a variety of settings. It teaches skills used for therapy, facilities management, first aid, and conserving/preserving the natural environment.
Plan, organize, and administer recreation programs, services, and activities for people from diverse backgrounds and a wide range of interests and physical abilities.
SOCIETY IS CHANGING AND STARTING TO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT
AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE IS, AND RECREATION AND
RECREATION PROFESSIONALS PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THIS.
The BIGGEST issue in the field:
LACK OF RECOGNITION.
This field lacks the recognition and support it rightfully deserves.
Recreation management is not only a serious field of study, but also a professional career field.
Recreation has real benefits and positive effects on those who choose to participate!
Recreation management professionals help to protect and maintain the natural environment!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), "Overall employment of recreation workers is projected to increase by 15 percent between 2008 and 2018", which is faster than the average for all occupations.
RECREATION IS NOT ONLY
AS BEING A KEY COMPONENT
TO HEALTHY LIVING,
BUT IS ALSO QUICKLY
AS A PROFESSIONAL
SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER.
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALIST.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE/TOUR GUIDE.
"You're getting a degree in recreation? Ha!"
"Recreation is something for, like, a retired old person."
“Dude, recreation really isn’t that important…”
FUNCTIONS OF RECREATION:
IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE.
Active recreational pursuits
have significant positive effects
on physical development
CONTRIBUTES TO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Recreation contributes to
a person’s physical,
development, and well-being.
IMPROVES, PROTECTS, AND MAINTAINS THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
Recreation facilities improve, protect,
and maintain the physical environment
by providing a network of parks
and open spaces, incorporating
leisure attractions in the
redesign and rehabilitation
of run-down urban areas,
and fostering positive
PROVIDES POSITIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH.
positive opportunities and
experiences for youth
to help them over-come
or avoid negative use
of free time.
Recreation helps to improve
intergroup relations of
different racial, ethnic,
or religious backgrounds,
and among different
STREGTHENS NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY TIES.
and community life by
involving residents in
service programs, and
special events to
enhance civic pride
MEETS THE NEEDS OF SPECIAL POPULATIONS.
Recreation serves special populations
such as those with physical or
cognitive disabilities, both through
service in treatment
settings and through
community-based programs serving
individuals with a broad range
MAINTAINS ECONOMIC HEALTH AND STABILITY.
Recreation maintains the economic health
and stability by acting as a
catalyst for business development
and a source of community or
regional income and employment
and by keeping neighborhoods
desirable places to live.
ENRICHES CULTURAL LIFE.
Recreation enriches cultural life
by promoting fine and preforming
arts, special events, and cultural
programs and by supporting
historic sites, folk heritage
customs, and community
PROMOTES HEALTH AND SAFETY.
Recreation promotes health and
safety by offering needed
services and programs,
including leadership training
and certification courses and
supervision or regulation
of high-risk activities.
PARTICIPATE IN A RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY.
RECOGNIZE ALL THAT RECREATION DOES FOR YOU.
VISIT YOUR LOCAL PARK.
READ A 'PARKS AND RECREATION' MAGAZINE.
STOP THE CYCLE.
JOIN A FITNESS CENTER.
REASONS PEOPLE AGES 6+ PARTICIPATED IN RECREATIONAL ACTVITIES.
McLean, D. D., & Hurd, A. R. (2015). Recreation and Leisure in Modern Society (10th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Take Back Your Time Homepage - Take Back Your Time. (n.d.). Retrieved May 05, 2016, from http://www.timeday.org/default.asp#why
Outdoor Participation Report. (2014). Retrieved May 09, 2016, from http://www.outdoorfoundation.org/