Summerama Staff Training


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.

Thanks for coming! We had a great day with 217 registrants. 

Stay tuned for details of the 2019 Summerama...coming in late December.

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.

The VT/NH Maintenance Workshop is now held every other year. This workshop is a great way to meet people from around the state who work in  park and  school settings and face similar challenges.

The next VT/NH Maintenance Workshop will be held in 2019.  While you wait for specific details for the 2019 event, click on the links for copies of the 2017 Maintenance Workshop Brochure for EXHIBITORS and ATTENDEES

Certified Pool Operator (CPO) Course

Hosted annually by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association.  Next course scheduled on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 27 & 28, 2018.  

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. CLICK HERE for the CPO Course Brochure. REGISTER ONLINE.

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.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Course

Hosted by the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association every three years. Our next CPSI course will be scheduled in the spring of 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.    

Upcoming events

    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT


    Performing Artists...This is an excellent opportunity for YOU to be included in a gathering of top notch New England talent and to showcase your talents to an audience of people who hire performing artists for programs and special events in parks, schools, libraries, fairs & festivals, theaters, etc.

    There will be 24 nine-minute performances throughout the day; each showcase artist will do one 9-minute showcase performance. Our showcase is organized around one stage with two separate performance areas. While one performer is showcasing, the next performer is setting up.

    Each showcase artist will have an exhibit table. The room is large enough to host the stage and exhibit tables all in one room, so that you can be available to potential buyers and watch the performances at the same time. The artists always love this about our showcase. You have the option to register for an exhibit table without doing a performance too.

    Each showcase artist will have a listing in the Showcase Program Booklet, which is available in hard copy at the showcase and also posted indefinitely on the VRPA website. For extra visibility, you can choose to pay a little extra and include your logo with your program listing or buy a half or full-page ad. If you’d like to see booklets from our past showcases, CLICK HERE.

    Register by October 12, 2018 for the discounted early-bird registration rate and to have the best chance of getting a showcase slot. Registering does not guarantee you a performance slot - please read the Artist Brochure for details.

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