Calling All NRPA Members: Let’s Discuss Summer Camps!

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Join this member-only webinar that will provide NRPA members with a unique, online format that pairs education with a networking opportunity. The NRPA networking webinar will feature presentations and group discussions to support summer camp development. Opening the discussions are two speakers, Aaron Thelen, CPRP, recreation supervisor with the City of New Hope, Minnesota, and Cassandra Paddock, recreation programs supervisor from New Braunfels, Texas.

Both speakers will kick off the networking webinar by highlighting lessons learned from this past camp season and sharing plans for a successful 2021 summer camp season. Following the presentations, professionals will separate into two 15-minute breakout rooms to discuss their challenges, successes, and ideas with colleagues. To wrap up, each group will share highlights of their conversations in the chat box, setting the stage for the discussion to continue on NRPA Connect. Please come prepared to network and learn!

NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

Cassandra Paddock

Recreation Programs Supervisor

City of New Braunfels, TX

Cassie Paddock is the Recreation Programs Supervisor for the City of New Braunfels, Texas, where she oversees their 12 week Summer Day Camp, Camp Minnehaha. Cassie started working in a municipality day camp setting in 2013 and has continued to specialize in that field over the past 8 years. She helps coordinate and host the annual Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) Day Camp Summit and serves as a committee member for the NRPA Leadership Development Network and Young Professional Network. Cassie also serves as the Chair of the New Braunfels Impact Committee, a committee dedicated to promoting employee engagement and appreciation for City employees.

Aaron Thelen, CPRP

Recreation Supervisor

City of New Hope, MN

Aaron Thelen is the Recreation Supervisor with New Hope Parks & Recreation in New Hope, Minnesota.  He coordinates the city’s youth programs, special events, senior programs, and oversees the use of the New Hope Performance Center.  Aaron has been in New Hope since 2017 and prior to that he was the Recreation Programmer with Arden Hills Parks and Recreation in Arden Hills, Minnesota.  He graduated from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul in Physical Education and Health education. 

Hayley Herzing (she/her) (Moderator)

Senior Manager of Membership

National Recreation and Park Association

Hayley Herzing is currently the Senior Manager of Membership for the National Recreation and Park Association. She has worked for NRPA for six years and previously worked at the National Community Pharmacists Association. Hayley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, son and dog.

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