PHED190 Introduction to Recreation Leadership

Department of Health, Physical Education & Nursing: Physical Education

I. Course Number and Title
PHED190 Introduction to Recreation Leadership
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a comprehensive survey of recreational activities and facilities. Various agencies that govern and administer recreation programs will be studied as well. This course will examine the trends and philosophies of education for leisure, outdoor recreation programs and camping. A two day overnight camping experience is required
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of the major aspects of recreation leadership, the practical application of leadership theories and skills;
      2. demonstrate an understanding of leisure time, recreation and education for leisure, its value , how people use or abuse leisure and the responsibility society has to educate its members for leisure;
      3. articulate an understanding of community recreation organizations, their philosophies, policies, procedures, program development, financing, staffing and evaluation techniques;
      4. assess and evaluate the organization and administration of selected organizations which sponsor recreation services and programs; and
      5. appraise and defend the criteria for the selection and evaluation of activities to be included in a recreation program including individual and group leadership skills in camping (activities such as shelters, orienteering, cooking, campfires programs, adventure programs, spiritual experiences, and camp sanitation.)

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. The nature and significance of recreation and leisure
      1. Leisure- What is it?
      2. Recreation
      3. Education for leisure
    2. The recreation leader
      1. Characteristics of a successful leader
      2. Responsibilities
      3. Types
      4. Positions
    3. Program planning
      1. Major elements of program planning
      2. Approached to program planning
      3. Scheduling
      4. Selection of Activities
      5. Liability
    4. Organization and administration
      1. Management authorities
      2. Organization of Recreation Departments
    5. Financing
    6. Role of government in recreation
    7. Organized counseling/camping
      1. What is it?
      2. History
      3. Trends
    8. Leadership in camping
      1. The camp counselor
      2. The camp staff
      3. Counselor as a leader
      4. Problems
    9. Camp activities
      1. Planning the program
      2. Music, rhythm and drama
      3. Literature
      4. Arts and crafts
      5. Nature and ecology
      6. The waterfront
      7. Outdoor adventure programs
    10. Camping and trail skills
      1. Safety and emergency skills
      2. Knots and lashing
      3. The weather
      4. Map and compass
      5. Hiking and trail skills
      6. Tents and Shelters
      7. Sleeping Out of Doors
      8. Camp stoves and wood fires
      9. Food and outdoor cooking
      10. Duffel for camping and trips
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students are completing a portfolio project.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    The required textbook is selected by the full-time faculty teaching the course and is specified in the course format. These details and others are clarified in the course format created by each instructor and distributed to each student upon enrollment and attendance in the class.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
  1. Lecture and seminar discussion
  2. Instructional videos

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; Revised 11/2008