An essential element in the design of an effective recreation program is the involvement of residents in the functions of the community. Since residents will be returning to their communities, it is critical that social skills are developed through participation in community events and through utilization of community resources.
Many educational and leisure field trips will be scheduled to take place
off campus, at a local pool, or a local museum, in a skating rink, or
public park. These trips will be supervised by staff members and reserved for those
residents who have earned a behavioral level that indicates the resident
has the ability and likeliness to leave the home campus and be able to
manage his behavior without major incidents.