Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation during a swim class.

Everyone, regardless of ability, deserves choices for health, leisure, recreation and wellness to enhance quality of life. Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation is committed to providing these choices through special and inclusive recreation opportunities to individuals of all abilities, age six through senior adult. 

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Inclusion Services

Lakewood welcomes individuals of all ages and abilities into our programs. Individuals with disabilities are welcome to register for any recreation class or program. In order to provide a successful experience, please contact us at 303-987-4867 or rise@lakewood.org to discuss program accommodations or adaptations.

We ask that you contact us at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Activities

A group of Saturday bowling participants pose at the bowling alley.

Upcoming activities

Get out and join us for fun activities! All activities will have health and safety rules in place. Pre-registration is required for all activities. Signup online by following the buttons below. For assistance, email rise@lakewood.org.

Financial assistance is available via the Lakewood Possibilities Fund

RISE Dances

Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $5 (passes available)
Location: Clements Community Center
Come to Clements Center and dance the night away at our Friday night dances from 7-9 p.m. There will be no snack; participants may bring a water bottle if desired. Pre-registration is required. 
Upcoming dances:
- September 16
- October 21
- November 18
- December 16

Register for Dances

Special Olympics

Join us for Special Olympics! This fall choose from swimming, flag football and a bowling league (see bowling details below). All participants must have basic water safety skills for the swim team. 

Register for Special Olympics

Bowling League

Beginning, casual and avid bowlers are all welcome to join our Special Olympics Bowling League. Pre-registration is required! No drop-in.
Ages: 18 and up
Fee: $78 resident, $104 nonresident
Location: Bowlero Bowling Alley 
Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 10-Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-noon
No league Oct. 22 and Nov. 26.

Register for Bowling 

Supervision of participants

As with any recreation program, an appropriate level of independence, self care and behavior is required from our participants. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide 1:1 supervision during any of our programs.

Our program staff do not provide hands on personal care to participants unless otherwise noted. If a participant requires additional assistance, a provider or parent may join the program at no cost except certain program expenses.

Camp Paha

Paha staff and campers group photo.

Thanks for a great season!

Details regarding the 2023 Camp Paha season will be made available in early 2023.

About Camp Paha

Camp Paha is a unique summer day camp for children and young adults ages 6-25 with disabilities living in Lakewood and surrounding communities. Enjoy swimming, sports, games, nature, music, sensory, arts, crafts, and field trips in a safe, challenging, and fun environment. Camp Paha is licensed by the State of Colorado as a childcare program.

A camper and staff pose.

The 2022 Season

The 2022 season has now ended.

Camp Paha and Paha Adults in Transition took place June 13-July 29, 2022, with two sessions.

DATES

Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m
Session 1: June 13-July 1
Session 2: July 11-July 29

FEES
Each session costs $725 resident, $930 nonresident.

Camper scholarships are available through the nonprofit Friends of Paha. Visit FriendsofPaha.org for more information.

LOCATION

Fletcher Miller Middle School.

Camp Goals 

  • Provide opportunity for fellowship and fun.
  • Provide an opportunity for developing awareness about self, others and the environment.
  • Give emphasis to citizenship and being a member of a group through the day program experience.

 

Contact us 

To speak with someone about Camp Paha or Paha Adults in Transition, please contact Therapeutic Recreation staff.
By email: paha@lakewood.org
By phone: 303-987-4867

Support Paha

Friends of Paha, a nonprofit organization (not a City of Lakewood entity), helps support our summer day programs. Without this support, tuition and fees would more than double, making these programs too expensive for some. Please consider supporting Friends of Paha in their noble mission.

Paha staff and campers group photo.

2021 campers and staff pose for a group photo.

Get Involved

Therapeutic recreation participants at a Colorado Rockies game.

Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation utilizes volunteers, interns and part time (variable) staff to support many of its programs. Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds and many have full time jobs, working or volunteering for our programs in their spare time.

Without their support, many programs could not function. Learn more about how you can get involved by browsing the sections below. 

CONTACT US

For questions, contact the therapeutic recreation team at rise@lakewood.org or 303-987-4867.

Volunteer

Many of our programs are supported by volunteers interested in building community and learning more about working with people with disabilities. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities in our therapeutic recreation programs, including our monthly dance, which is held on the third Friday of every month at Clements Community Center.

Interested?

Contact the therapeutic recreation team at rise@lakewood.org or 303-987-4867.

Intern

A staff member and participant in a pool.

SPRING AND SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation Department offers a spring and summer internship experience focused on community-based therapeutic recreation services.

The intern assists in providing leisure and recreation programs for individuals with disabilities ranging in age from six yrs. through adult.

  • Spring interns supports our year-round program offerings and assist in camp preparations.
  • Summer interns primarily support our summer day camp, Camp Paha.

Additional opportunities include organizing Special Olympics programs, specialty classes, social engagements and community outings and events. This internship experience will address all NCTRC Job Task Analysis areas through various areas of programming and prepare interns for both the NCTRC Certification Exam as well as entry-level therapeutic recreation positions.

INTERNSHIP STRUCTURE

Application Window: Rolling 

  • Length of Internship: 15 weeks, 40 hours per week (total 600 hours)
  • Internship Supervisor: Full-time CTRS (Meets all NCTRC site supervisor standards)

Note: Interns are strongly encouraged to carry their own medical and liability insurance. Interns are eligible for mileage reimbursement when using their own vehicles to transport themselves in between sites.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a current senior in the process of obtaining a degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation and working to complete NCTRC requirements.
  • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in Therapeutic Recreation coursework.
  • Applicants must pass a background check prior to an offer being made. 
  • Applicants must complete additional paperwork as mandated by the State of Colorado for Child Care Licensing including but not limited to passing additional background checks and providing documentation of a minimum of 460 hours supervising 4 or more children at a time.

INTERESTED?

Fill out an interest form via the link below. A staff member will reach out to you to discuss the internship further. 

Complete an Interest Form

READY TO APPLY?

To apply, visit our Lakewood jobs listing, search for “Therapeutic Recreation Intern” and click "Apply".  

The application process consists of a general application and supplemental questions and will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, college transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be screened and reviewed for eligibility. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. 

Apply Now 

Work

Therapeutic recreation utilizes part time (variable) staff to support many of its programs. Open positions are posted on the city's employment listing when available. 

Support Camp Paha

Friends of Paha, a nonprofit organization (not a City of Lakewood entity), helps support our summer day programs. Without this support, tuition and fees would more than double, making these programs too expensive for some.

Please consider supporting Friends of Paha in their noble mission.

Friends of Paha

 

Contact Us

Phone: 303-987-4867 
Email: rise@lakewood.org