Wink Tapply Playground Leader's Workshop

  • 06/08/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Bessie Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin, NH 03235


  • Please use this registration if the department you are representing is a member of NHRPA.
  • Please use this registration if your department is not a member of NHRPA.


Wink Tapply Agenda 

8:30-9:00 Registration, coffee, and light refreshments

9:00–10:00 Rise & Shine – Icebreakers & Quick Activities

Join us this morning as we learn how to engage and shake off the nerves while in a large group setting. You will leave this session with some icebreaker games and activities that you can use in your own camp. You will also get tips and tools on how to deliver a game or activity and what the participants should get out of it.

Dan Sturgeon – Director of Recreation and Leisure Activities, Moultonborough

Location: Gym

10:00–10:15 Break

10:15–11:00 Choose one of the following 45-minute sessions

Water Safety & Summer Camp Risk Management

This session will focus on summer camp safety and discuss the added risk field trips to beaches and water parks pose to campers and staff. Participants will learn ways to reduce that risk and will leave with my top 10 summer camp safety tips.

Kerry Horne – Executive Director of NHRPA

Location: Meeting Room

Nature Explorers: Finding Ways to Connect Nature & Camp

The natural world is all around, but campers don't always notice what's there. We'll explore easy activities and nature-based crafts that give your campers new ways of being outside and experiencing the nature around them.

Mirka Zapletal – Newfound Lake Region Association

Location: Activity Room

Connection Through Play: Camp Games for an Unforgettable Summer

At the heart of every game lies the opportunity to strengthen bonds and recharge our passions. Join us as we facilitate games designed to foster the type of connections vital for creating unforgettable camp experiences.

Brianne Rafford-Varley – Keene Parks and Recreation

Location: Gym

11:00–11:15 Break

11:15–12:00 Choose one of the following 45-minute sessions

Once Upon a Time…We Went on a Bear Hunt…

Incorporating camp songs, stories, games, and movement with music, and improv, makes the camp experience even more memorable for all. Transition times, meal and snack times, field trips, (especially when the bus is late), downtime, overnights, etc. are enhanced through silly camp songs, games, stories, and movement. And YOU don’t have to be a great (or even good) singer, professional storyteller, or improv actor to incorporate such activities into the camp setting. This session will review the why, where, when, and how of including these creative activities in the Rec Camp setting.

Donna Kuethe – Recreation Professional

Location: Fitness Room

Kids WILL Do Dumb Stuff, But YOU Can’t!

Are you ready for summer as a counselor? Join this session to learn some basic safety, operational and procedural dos, and don’ts as you get ready for summer! This session will be a facilitated discussion on what it means to be a positive leader and how to have an impact on your campers. Summer camps and programs have a lot of risk in them. We will also walk the path of identifying areas of risk in your camps and programs. Together we will learn what it means to be a leader who is present in their position and always looking to mitigate risk.

Rick Alpers - Primex Insurance

Location: Meeting Room

Why Mentoring Youth Matters

This 45-minute session will be a hands-on small and large interactive group setting. Participants attending this session will: 1) be able to understand basic skills and concepts that contribute to effective mentoring programs, 2) dive into the six qualities that make a good mentor for the youth of today 3) experience a Voice, Choice, and Value exercise between the mentor/mentee relationship, and 4) provide participants with recommendations and resources to help them support youth who have faced experiences with trauma, crisis, and mental health issues.

Beth Dever, Circle Program Executive Director

Location: Activity Room

12:00–12:30 Lunch in Gym

12:30–2:00 Choose one of the following

Camp Olympics - For Camp Counselors & CIT’s

Get ready for an afternoon of fun!! Your staff will work together as a team in different camp Olympic games against other Recreation Departments. Each department will receive points for each event. Each of the departments should come prepared to show off your camp spirit, singing skills, sportsmanship, and creativeness!!

Regina Richford – Tapply Thompson Community Center

Location: Gym/Outside

Humans First: How to Become a Leader That Can Have Great Relationships & Still Run a Solid Program – For Program Leaders & Directors

Hone your leadership skills in this session by examining your views about leadership as well as exploring and considering this approach. Then, learn about how to apply this approach in your program through examples, a role-play activity, and/or small group discussions. The goal of this session is to teach you a new way to look at your leadership and how it could transform your program for the better.

Julia Chidester – Peterborough Recreation Department

Location: Meeting Room

2:00–2:30 Closing remarks, Awards, Raffle, and Ice Cream!

Time to relax, visit, and enjoy a mountainous bowl of ice cream with all the toppings you can fit! Win great door prizes to take back and use at camp.

Wink Committee

Location: Gym

Turn in your Completed Evaluation Form at the end of the day and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of (2) $25 Gift Cards!

"NHRPA " is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301

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