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Community Recreation

Community Recreation

Promote active, healthy living and build the skills you need to organize and deliver high-quality recreation programs for individuals of all ages and abilities within our communities.

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Start Date:
2 Years
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September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

Recreation plays a key role in promoting healthy living as well as quality of life for individuals and communities. This program provides the foundational knowledge required to excel in this field. The program combines classroom theory with numerous practical active learning experiences.

You learn:

  • foundational skills in fitness/wellness
  • How to deliver successful recreation programs and services
  • How to lead, motivate others and facilitate groups
  • Essentials of community development

You build a broad knowledge base in the areas of: health and wellness, outdoor recreation, community and sport, as well as therapeutic and fitness programming.

You graduate with an understanding the leisure service/recreation delivery system, as well as the federal and provincial recreation and health strategies. This knowledge, combined with the practical and theoretical knowledge, prepares you for a range of employment opportunities.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Choose NSCC

  • You will have various theoretical and practical work related learning experiences including direct connections with industry partners for practical job application and interview skill preparedness.
  • Faculty members are connected to communities at the local, provincial and national levels and committed to sharing their knowledge and helping you establish your own network of industry and community contacts.
  • Truro Campus offers a practical learning environment on site, with the Sport and Wellness Centre, which is a unique facility offering quality educational programs and services related to fitness, wellness, recreation and sport.
  • Outdoor recreation and education programming is conducted at Gittens Lodge, a residential outdoor recreational facility operated by the Truro Campus.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates will find employment opportunities in sport, recreation programs and leisure services available across the province. Employment may be found in Municipal Recreation Departments, First Nation Communities, some school boards – after school program opportunities, not-for-profit sport and recreation organizations, recreation programs for persons with different abilities, community sport and recreation facilities, for-profit fitness business operations, outdoor recreation environments (camping, eco-tourism businesses, adventure facilities), senior's centres/facilities, cultural centres and private recreation businesses.

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Students are encouraged throughout the program to attend related external courses and seminars for additional professional development and/or to obtain activity course credits. Attendance at the annual Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) Conference is particularly encouraged.
  • While on placement, your hours of work may vary and depend on the expectations of the agency. Students should be prepared to work evenings and weekends.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
GDEV 1005   Growth and Development
RECH 1000   Introduction to Recreation and Leisure
RECH 1010   Seminars for Healthy Communities I
RECH 1012   Modelling Healthy Lifestyle
RECH 1013   Recreation Programming
RECH 1014   Professional Practice I
RECH 1016   Outdoor Recreation
RECH 1020   Seminars for Healthy Communities II
RECH 1022   Building Healthy Communities
RECH 1023   Applied Recreation Programming
RECH 1024   Professional Communication I
RECH 1027   Community Development for Recreation
RECH 1028   Risk Management
RECH 1029   Foundations of Exercise
RECH 1050   Work Experience I
RECH 2010   Seminars for Healthy Communities III
RECH 2012   Sport Philosophy and Ethical Issues
RECH 2014   Professional Communication II
RECH 2017   Recreation Facilities
RECH 2018   Recreation Management
RECH 2019   Exercise for Healthy Communities
RECH 2020   Seminars for Healthy Communities IV
RECH 2023   Applied Recreation Planning
RECH 2024   Professional Practice II
RECH 2028   Recreation Marketing
RECH 2029   Inclusive Recreation
RECH 2050   Work Experience II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SOCS 2025   Introduction to Grant Proposal Writing
TREC 2003   Leisure Across the Lifespan
    Open elective course requirement. One unit/credit. NOTE: No two courses can be used to satisfy program requirements that are at the same level, subject area and topical area or that are otherwise deemed to be equivalent.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

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