Rec 3300 - Recreation Programming (3 cr.)
Spring Semester, 2001
9-9:50 MWF
SpHC 9

Instructor: Dr. Ken Gilbertson
Office: 107 SpHC
Phone: 726-6258
Hours: By appt. (sign up on the posted schedule on my office door)

Text: Edgington, C. (et al). (1998). Leisure Programming. 3rd Ed. McGraw Hill.

Suggested Material: - A three ring notebook
- Dividers
(Your course materials will be a start to build your portfolio)


The goal of this course is to train you in the aspects of conducting a recreational program. Recreational programming is diverse and quite extensive. Thus, it is the purpose of this course to present programming practices that will teach you the fundamental components of professional recreation program delivery.

1. You will be able to demonstrate, through writing, the steps in designing a recreation program.
You will be expected to become proficient in the following primary programming areas:
Logistics - transport
- travel
- facilities
- safety

Delivery: Content
Class Management
Follow-through - equipment
- evaluation
- budget
- debrief -

2. You will be able to explain the proper selection of a recreation program for a selected audience.

3. You will be able to demonstrate lesson plan design.

4. You will be able to appropriately evaluate the success of a recreation program.
You will have the opportunity to present three different levels of programming in a field experience and to the class. Objectives will be measured through your presentations; written assignments; critiques; and classroom participation.
Finally, this course is intended to utilize as much experiential learning as possible.


Week # & Date


  Week 1:
  Introductions/ Target Audience/Needs Assessment/Assignments.  Read: Chapters 1, 2, 4, & 5
 Writing a Plan: Goals & Objectives:  Chapters 6, 7, & 8 Lesson Plan #1 due.
 Week 3:
 Program/Event Delivery:  Chapter 12
Presentation #1 - Games 15 minute program to group members (30 pts)
 Week 4:
 Management & Discipline:  Lesson Plan #2 due (Sport Program)
 Week 5:
   Presentation #2 - Sport/physical skills to community audience (elementary school age) (60 pts)
 Week 6:
 Budgets, Promotion, & Equipment:   Chapters 10 & 1
 Staffing & Evaluation:   Ch. 13;
Lesson Plan #3 Due - Nature based activity to community audience
 Week 8:
  Scope & Sequence - connecting to other agencies   Midterm exam (~50 pts)
Click here for Study Questions
 Spring Break!!  Spring Break!!  Spring Break!!
 Week 9:
    Presentation #3 - Nature based activity to community audience (60 pts)
 Week 10:
 Rainy day planning - Plans B - Z   Lesson Plan #4 Due.
 Week 11:
    Presentation #4: Complex programs for special audiences (at-risk; seniors; people having imp.; etc) (120 pts)
 Week 12:
 Curriculum/program ideas - how to find it  
 Week 13:
 Planning & Dry run:
Working within formal school settings.
 Lesson Plan #5 due (Chester School) -
 Week 14:
   Presentation #5 - Map & compass with 3rd Grade students (30 pts)
 Week 15
 Debrief & Wrap-up  

Grading: Grades will be issued on a standard scale of the following:
Total points = 320
A = 100 - 93%
A- = 92 - 90%
B+ = 89 - 87%
B = 86 - 83%
B- = 82-80%
C+ = 79-77%
C = 76 - 73%
C- = 72 - 70%
D+ = 69 - 67%
D = 66 - 63%
D- = 62 - 60%
F = 59%

To check your personal progress for your GRADE, click here.

•We will use three different learning modes: Individual, Cooperative, and Collaborative. You will be expected to participate fully in all areas.
•All work must be presented in a typed format. Even though two of the assignments are team oriented, you must hand in the text aspect of the project individually. This is to encourage your own point of view toward what you learned from the exercise.

•In lieu of a final exam, your written projects will serve as the primary criteria for grading.
•There will be five projects in addition to critiques that you will both give and receive from your presentations.
•One presentation will occur in class. The other four will be presented to actual audiences.

Girl Scouts - Jeanette Paulay - Karen Kjolhaug
Eco-Challenge - Ken G.
Duluth Parks & Recreation - Irving - Paul Clark
- McAuthor - Chuck Campbell
- Chester Bowl - Thom Storm
- Portman Community Center - Seniors - Jim Kaas
Woodland Hills' - Ann Langer
Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center - Debbie Waters/Jeremy Solin

Lesson Plans: acceptable/revise
You must submit a complete lesson plan 1 week before each program is scheduled to be presented.

All of your written work must be typed and/or professionally prepared. No late work will be accepted unless it is university excused or due to an emergency. Missed work due to unexcused absence will not be accepted.

Personal Presentation:

You are expected to present yourself professionally. That is, you must be dressed appropriately (no hats unless they are a prop or for warmth). Also, it is imperative that timeliness for your preparation, delivery, and follow-up is appropriately early.Tardiness is absolutely unacceptable. You will be looked upon as a professional with subsequent expectations.