Defining Leisure Elements Perceived freedom Autotelic activity Beneficial outcome Conceptualizations Time Activity State of mind
Recreation Voluntary Organized Socially redeeming Fun Free time
Recreation Definition: voluntary participation in leisure activities that are meaningful and enjoyable What are the catch words in this definition?
Types of Recreation Public recreation Commercial recreation Corporate recreation Therapeutic recreation Other recreation settings
What kinds of recreation are there? Public Recreation Run by state, federal programs/subsidiaries or by non- profit agencies Example: Paul B Johnson State Park Commercial Recreation Run by for-profit businesses and organizations There is no need to associate these with better or worse facilities or a disdain for profit Example: Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, Golf Courses
Types of recreation (cont’d) Corporate Recreation These forms of recreation are put on for the benefit of employees or investors Can exist in conjunction with commercial or public recreation i.e. a bowling team in a for-profit bowling league or a corporate picnic held at a state park.
Types of recreation (cont’d) Therapeutic Recreation (T.R.) Can occur in both public and private sectors Services special populations such as, but not limited to, people with disabilities T.R. could be used to service people with developmental disabilities in playing golf or in a seniors dance program, or to provide outdoor trust-based physical activities to youth from abusive backgrounds. Other forms of recreation exist such as private club recreation or niche market recreation such as military recreation.
Play Spontaneity Expressive Done for its own sake
Play…what is it? Play: Activities in which one engages freely and from which one derives personal satisfaction. Other definitions imply a lack of formal organization that is implicit of play (know this). Play is universal across cultures and even across species. Implications are that there is a biological purpose to develop kinesthetic awareness. Studies have even found traces of a “play center” in the brain. From self awareness to external awareness to cultural and societal awareness, play provides stability and a process of learning.