Students and Faculty at WRPA / NRPA Conferences
"The hunt is on. Your team advances through the brush, hearts pounding, silent with
anticipation as they close in on the cache. One team member decrypts a clue from her PDA,
while another indicates potential locations on an aerial map. A burst of radio chatter relays
vital information from a remote squad. Your
Adam Hitch, Recreation Program alumnus and Playtime Inc. "Director of Fun," coordinated a team-building geocaching event for current students and faculty. Stefanie Boyer, also a Recreation Program alumnus, designed the course.
Since 2002, Recreation majors in Phase I and II have organized and staffed Camp T.E.A.M., an overnight camp for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. The camp is held at Camp Kirby on Samish Island in Mid-May each year.
Camp TEAM is a multi-agency effort with the coordinating committee consisting of members from Western Washington University Recreation Program, Skagit County recreation service providers, and Bellingham Parks and Recreation. Four of the leadership positions for Camp TEAM are held by Recreation majors for which they receive university credit.
Camp TEAM fills a social need for community members and provides a training ground for Western students. Community members have the opportunity to experience a variety of camp-related activities as well as learn crafts, sport skills, and environmental games with carryover value. They participate in a service project for Camp Kirby and live, play and work as members of integrated cabin groups. Most importantly, it seems that community members with developmental disabilities have the all-too-rare opportunity to “hang-out” in a natural way with other teens and adults. Western Recreation students leave the experience with a broader view of friendship and community as well as a greater understanding for serving persons with developmental disabilities in their home communities.