All trainings are customized to meet your organizational needs. Content for your training can use a combination of objectives from different trainings or MERGE will work with you to address areas of need not explored in current training offerings.


Preventative Strategies and Techniques to Foster Inclusion in Recreation Programs.

Intended For:

  • Frontline staff and leadership team members.
Participants Will:
  • Gain an understanding of inclusion philosophies in a recreation program setting, the benefits of inclusion and why every staff member has responsibilities to ensure all participants have the opportunity to be successful.
  • Get a basic introduction to traits of Autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and why certain approaches help promote success in a recreation program setting.
  • Learn and practice preventative strategies in small group settings including use of a visual schedule, the effectiveness of setting expectations and using a transition countdown.
  • Review and practice of positive supporting techniques to use with all participants and peers, and tips for communicating with families, confidentiality and information sharing.

Setting the Stage for Successful Camp and Recreation Program Inclusion - Working with families, intake process, and building a culture of inclusion.

Intended For:

  • Recreation Directors, coordinators or leadership staff.
Participants Will:
  • Explore your camp or program staffing model, identify roles and responsibilities. What to do when your program ratios don’t align with participant needs.
  • Review best practices for the intake process, information sharing and effective communication strategies with counselors, staff and family members.
  • Know how to build a team approach with families, setting up expectations for all parties involved in the success of your camper/participant with diverse abilities.
  • Be given instruction on how to create and implement preventative inclusion strategies and tools that are sustainable and become part of your program practices and culture.
  • Marketing and promotion of your program, review of language and how to target your audience seeking inclusion of diverse abilities.