These societies are designed to create greater opportunities for students to obtain appropriate experience, be a bridge of communication between students and faculty, and provide opportunities for students to network.
Recreation Management Society (RMS)
The BYU-Idaho Recreation Management Society is dedicated to helping Rec Management students network with each other and professionals in their fields.
Therapeutic Recreation Society (TRS)
TR Society is a student-led organization that plans activities of interest on topic such as:
- Professional practice techniques
- Exam preparation
- Social gatherings to exchange information
- Peer connections with former graduates
- Topics relevant to professional development
Society Leadership changes each semester and are elected by students enrolled in the major.
Faculty advisor: Keith Barney Ext. 4677
Off-Campus Learning Opportunities
Many of the skill-based classes in the TR program utilize field trips to locations surrounding our campus. Some of the locations are based in the beautiful outdoor environment of Southeast Idaho. Other trips might include such things as playing Adapted Para Ice Hockey at the Idaho Falls ice rink.
Additionally, some students may elect to participate in a "Summit Experience" which entails preparation and then living off-campus for up to 4 weeks. Summit opportunities are in locations such as southern Utah or in Idaho. The longer trips are during Spring Semester and there are shorter versions available in late summer and even winter.
As a student, you can increase your employability by increasing your skill set. In order to get the most out of your experience here at BYU-I, you should seek out certifications and talk to your teachers and academic advisors. Some certifications that students can obtain or are prepared for while attending and taking courses are the following:
Certifications While Attending (Barring Certification Exams Are Passed):
- Exercise Science Courses
- Lifeguard Instructor
- Water Safety Instructor
- Primary Group Fitness Instructor
- Weight Training
- Pool Maintenance Operator
- Wilderness First Aid/CPR
- Leave No Trace Instructor
The Activities Program also will certify students in fitness instruction (Yoga, Aerobics, etc.)
Certifications Upon Graduating (Barring Certification Exams Are Passed):
Recreation Management Courses:
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Discovering if you qualify:
Because each certificate's requirements are unique and fluid, it is essential that you talk to your academic advisor to determine what certificates you qualify for. Staying on top of the requirements will help to avoid unforeseen roadblocks on your way to earning your certificates.
Recommended Professional Organizations
Students can join professional organizations often at a discounted rate. Involvement in professional organizations allows for greater networking, internship opportunities, and employment opportunities. Many future employers look for membership involvement on a resume. Professional organizations have annual conferences and workshops which contribute to professional growth, and there are literally hundreds of organizations one can be involved in. Here are a few options that students may want to consider:
Recreation Management Emphasis Students:
Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis Students:
National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC)
Check out more Therapeutic Recreation organizations.