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Activity Programming for Children and Youth

Course Code: CYCC 1150
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child and Youth Care
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with opportunities to develop attitudes, conceptual frameworks and skills to select and create appropriate recreational activities for young people. The course will emphasize how activities can be adapted to different developmental levels and how activities can be used to facilitate leisure, educational and therapeutic goals.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  1. Recreation is "re-creation",self renewal, and is central to wellness.
  2. Recreation is essential to development and change throughout the lifespan.
  3. Recreation occurs in context.  Understanding the needs and values of individuals, practitioners, agencies, families and communities is the beginning place for effective recreational program development.
  4. Recreation can be solitary or communal. In the field of child and youth care, recreation is central to building and maintaining relationships.
  5. Creativity is a cornerstone of human development which inspires individuals to extend and enhance their sense of self.
  6. A recognition of human diversity in recreation and in life expands the possibilities of contact between people and "opens doors" to new worlds of recreational activities.
  7. Recreational planning is a collaborative activity - planning is done "with" or "between", rather than "to" or "for", the participants.

Methods of Instruction


Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of written research assignments, case evaluation, testing, and group presentations. This is a Graded Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Purpose
    • Discuss the purpose of recreation with children and youth
    • Link recreation to personal wellness
  2. Assessment
    • Identify individual and group developmental needs
    • Assess systemic ecological contexts of children, youth and families prior to planning recreation
    • Identify a range of particular needs of individuals in specific populations of children and youth
  3. Design
    • Plan recreation activities based on assessment
    • Discuss levels of collaboration appropriate to developmental needs and contexts of specific populations of children and youth
    • Implement recreation activities appropriate to specific populations of children and youth
    • Monitor recreation activities and adapt to the energy and interest of the individual and/or group
  4. Diversity
    • Adapt aspects of recreation activities so that individuals with particular needs can participate
    • Identify and respond to emerging needs of individuals during recreation activities
    • Develop strategies to respond to conflict during recreation activities
  5. Evaluation
    • Self evaluate the process and outcome of recreation activities
    • State clear, supportive feedback to other practitioners about recreation activities they provide to individuals and groups.

course prerequisites

Enrollment in CYCC Program

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.