Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Adult Social Club-Annandale/Fairfax

Ages: 22+


Annandale/Fairfax Adult Social Club is for adults ages 22+, with various developmental disabilities who live in the Fairfax, Annandale, Falls Church area.  Members must be able to participate in social and community activities (1:7 staff to participant ratio) with minimal support.  The group goes out 2-3 times a month and members are responsible for making suggestions and voting on the activities each quarter.  Members will have the opportunity to socialize with new friends, learn to plan their own leisure and engage with their community.  They will experience a wide variety of local activities including sporting events, community events, outdoor activities, and much more.  Annual membership is $35.00.  Trips and activities range in cost from free to $60.00 and those fees are not included in the annual membership.  Transportation is not provided to the meeting site, but is provided from the meeting site to the activity. There are two meeting locations; one in Annandale and one in Fairfax.

Social Club Membership Requirements:
- Members of this Social Club must be able to:
    •  Participate independently in a social or group structure within a community environment
    •  Maintain self-control (i.e. no violent, abusive or aggressive behaviors)
    •  Maintain their own personal care and hygiene requirements (or provide an attendant)
    •  Self-administer and carry their own medication
    •  Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview or provide additional information to determine appropriate placement


Registration is currently open for the 2023 Annual Membership. Registration is ongoing and will be accepted year round. You will not be able to sign up for monthly activities until you have completed the Annual Membership Registration.

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Adult Social Club-Mount Vernon

Ages 22+


Mount Vernon Adult Social Club is for adults ages 22+, with various developmental disabilities who live in the Alexandria, Lorton, and Springfield areas.  Members must be able to participate in social and community activities (1:7 staff to participant ratio) with minimal support.  The group goes out 2-3 times a month and members are responsible for making suggestions and voting on the activities each quarter.  Members will have the opportunity to socialize with new friends, learn to plan their own leisure and engage with their community.  They will experience a wide variety of local activities including sporting events, community events, outdoor activities, and much more.  Annual membership is $35.00.  Trips and activities range in cost from free to $60.00 and those fees are not included in the annual membership.    Transportation is not provided to the meeting site, but is provided from the meeting site to the activity. There are two meeting locations; one in Alexandria and one in Franconia.

Social Club Membership Requirements:
- Members of this Social Club must be able to:
    •  Participate independently in a social or group structure within a community environment
    •  Maintain self-control (i.e. no violent, abusive or aggressive behaviors)
    •  Maintain their own personal care and hygiene requirements (or provide an attendant)
    •  Self-administer and carry their own medication
    •  Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview or provide additional information to determine appropriate placement


Registration is currently open for the 2023 Annual Membership. Registration is ongoing and will be accepted year round. You will not be able to sign up for monthly activities until you have completed the Annual Membership Registration.

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Adult Social Club-Reston

Ages 22 +


Reston Adult Social Club is for adults ages 22+, with various developmental disabilities who live in the Reston, Herndon, Centreville and Chantilly areas.  Members must be able to participate in social and community activities (1:7 staff to participant ratio) with minimal support.  The group goes out 2-3 times a month and members are responsible for making suggestions and voting on the activities each quarter.  Members will have the opportunity to socialize with new friends, learn to plan their own leisure and engage with their community.  They will experience a wide variety of local activities including sporting events, community events, outdoor activities, and much more.  Annual membership is $35.00.  Trips and activities range in cost from free to $60.00 and those fees are not included in the annual membership.    Transportation is not provided to the meeting site, but is provided from the meeting site to the activity. There are two meeting locations; one in Reston and one in Fairfax.

Social Club Membership Requirements:
- Members of this Social Club must be able to:
    •  Participate independently in a social or group structure within a community environment
    •  Maintain self-control (i.e. no violent, abusive or aggressive behaviors)
    •  Maintain their own personal care and hygiene requirements (or provide an attendant)
    •  Self-administer and carry their own medication
    •  Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview or provide additional information to determine appropriate placement


Registration is currently open for the 2023 Annual Membership. Registration is ongoing and will be accepted year round. You will not be able to sign up for monthly activities until you have completed the Annual Membership Registration.

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Adult Social Club-Teen and Young Adult (*not summer camp)

Ages: 14-29


Teen and Young Adult Social Club is for individuals ages 14-29 who have physical, sensory, developmental and/or learning disabilities.  Members of this club require minimal supervision, are independent in their daily living activities and can be successful in a 1:6 staff to participant ratio.  The group goes out 2 times a month and members are responsible for making suggestions and voting on the activities each quarter.  Members will have the opportunity to socialize with new friends, learn to plan their own leisure and engage with their community.  They will experience a wide variety of local activities including sporting events, community events, outdoor activities, and much more.  Annual membership is $35.00.  Trips and activities range in cost from free to $60.00 and those fees are not included in the annual membership.    Transportation is not provided to the meeting location, but is provided from the meeting location to the activity.  There are two meeting locations; one in Annandale and one in Fairfax

Teen and Young Adult Membership Requirements:
-Members must be able to:
    •  Participate independently in a social or group structure within a community environment
    •  Maintain self-control (i.e. no violent, abusive or aggressive behaviors)
    •  Maintain their own personal care and hygiene requirements (or provide an attendant)
    •  Self-administer and carry their own medication
    •  Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview or provide additional information to determine  


Registration is currently open for the 2023 Annual Membership. Registration is ongoing and will be accepted year round. You will not be able to sign up for monthly activities until you have completed the Annual Membership Registration.

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Meet and Mingle Social Club

Ages: 22+


Meet and Mingle Adult Social Club is for adults ages 22+ who have a mild developmental and/or intellectual disability and require no or minimal supervision and are independent in their daily living activities.  Members will be supported by staff in a 1:10 ratio but will also have opportunities to engage more independently in the activities while out in the community.  The group goes out 2 times a month and members are responsible for making suggestions and voting on the activities each quarter.   They will experience a wide variety of leisure and recreation activities to include cheering at hockey games, checking out exhibits at museums, having a summer BBQ, and much more.  Meet and Mingle operates year-round with activities on the weekends.  Annual membership is $35.00.  Trips and activities range in cost from free to $70.00 and those fees are not included in the annual membership.    Transportation is not provided to the meeting site, but is provided from the meeting site to the activity.   There are two meting locations; one in Annandale and one in Fairfax
Assessment/Interview Process:  Each member will be interviewed by a TRS staff to review leisure interest survey, discuss the program design and the responsibilities of each member.  Each member will receive a member handbook that describes the program and the duties of the members. Members will be asked questions regarding their independence, leisure interests, and abilities such as telling time and counting money. A TRS staff will assess the appropriateness of placement in the Meet and Mingle Social Club. If members do not meet the requirements for Meet and Mingle, TRS manager may suggest one of our other three Adult Social Clubs or many other recreation programs.

Meet and Mingle Membership Requirements:
-Members must be able to:
    •  Participate in a social or group structure with no to minimal supervision
    •  Be independent in all daily living tasks
    •  Be able to tell time and manage their own money
    •  Be unsupervised for short periods of time and get self to a predetermined location by a certain time
    •  Self-administer and carry own medication



Registration is currently open for the 2023 Annual Membership. Registration is ongoing and will be accepted year round. You will not be able to sign up for monthly activities until you have completed the Annual Membership Registration.

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Monday Bites

Individuals ages 13-22 with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum disorder who in a community setting are:
*Able to interact appropriately with peers with minimal behavior management (redirection, verbal prompts) in a 1:5, 1:6 ratio
*Follow multi-step instructions, ask for assistance and convey feelings/needs appropriately
*Take care of personal care needs with minimal support (verbal cues)
*Remain with the group
*Have an interest in learning how to cook


TRS is excited to bring back our Monday Bites cooking program that will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:15 p.m. Monday Bites will give youth the opportunity to enhance their cooking skills by learning simple ways to provide meals for themselves and others. This 6-week course will encompass kitchen safety, learning how to follow a recipe, tips and tricks when shopping for ingredients, assembling simple, yet healthy meals, and education on healthy eating.

Registration opens January 4th, 2023. Program Dates: February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20 (No program on February 20) Program Time: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Location: Mott Community Center: 12111 Braddock Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030

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Power Soccer

5 and Up


Power Soccer is designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users. Athletes' disabilities include quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and many others. Power Soccer is hosted in the gymnasium at Irving Middle School. Two teams of four players attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch soccer ball in a skilled and challenging game.  This is a recreational program with a focus on developing skills, team building, and fun.  Opportunities to participate competitively are available as well. For those ages 5 and up who are able to drive their own power wheelchair. Eight week fall and winter sessions meet on Saturdays at Irving Middle school in Springfield, from 10:00am to 12pm.

For more information, please visit http://novapowersoccer.webs.com or email novapowersoccer@gmail.com


Power Soccer registration is open year round. 10:00am-12pm, Saturdays at Irving Middle School (7th Grade Gym. enter through door #2) Fall/Winter 2022/2023

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Saturday Voyager

Ages 10-22


Saturday Voyager program aims to build participants’ leisure independence by focusing on targeted leisure skill development within the group’s specific areas of interest.  The group will talk about their interests at the beginning of the program and vote on the leisure activities they want to pursue as a group for that session.  For each session the groups will focus on effective communication, teamwork, socialization and goal setting skills.   Participants will engage in activities designed to work towards being more independent in the leisure and recreation activities of their choice.    

Who is a good fit for Saturday Voyager?
Individuals ages 10-22 with high functioning intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or Autism Spectrum disorder who in a community setting are able to:
• Interact appropriately with peers with minimal behavioral management assistance (redirection, verbal prompts) in a 1:5-1:6 ratio
• Follow multi-step instructions, ask for assistance and convey feelings/needs appropriately
• Take care of personal care needs with minimal support (verbal cues)
• Remain with the group

Session Information:
Cost per session of Saturday Voyager: Session 1: $54 a 6-week session, Session 2: $72 a 8-week session

Program Location: Providence Community Center (3001 Vaden Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031) close to the Vienna Metro

Program Time: 2:30pm-5pm

2022-2023 PROGRAM DATES:
Session 1:
October: 29
November: 5, 12, 19
December: 3, 10
Registration opens for Session 1 on October 5, 2022


2023- Session 2:
January 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 4, 11, 18
Registration opens for Session 2 on December 7, 2022



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Trailblazers Social Club (formerly Out & About/Weekenders)

Ages: 18+


The Trailblazers Social Club (formerly Out & About/Weekenders) is for participants’ ages 18+ with a primary physical disability (Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, etc.). The club meets two times each month to engage in leisure outings within the community.   Members are responsible for making suggestions and voting on the activities each quarter. Trailblazers fosters personal success and social growth through new friendships, participation in community events and leisure activities, development of leisure resources, and improving upon recreation skills. Annual membership is $35.00.  Trips and activities range in cost from free to $50.00 and those fees are not included in the annual membership. Transportation is not provided to the meeting location, but is provided from the meeting location to the activity.  There are two meeting locations; one in Annandale and one in Fairfax.

Staff to participant ratio is 1: 2 or 1:3 depending on the activity.
Trailblazers Membership Requirements:
-Members must be able to:
    •  Participate in a social or group structure within a community environment
    •  Assist in their own personal care and hygiene requirements (or provide an attendant)
    •  Maintain self-control (i.e. no violent, abusive or aggressive behaviors)
    •  Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview or provide additional information to


Personal Care:  Upon assessment TRS staff will work with member to determine personal care needs.  Members will train TRS staff on all areas related to their personal care.  Members will be required to bring all items needed for staff to provide personal care while in the community.  Every effort will be made to have staff of the same sex provide personal care.  No male staff members will change female participants; however, female staff may change male participants. If more attention is required for personal care, a member may be asked to provide their own care attendant or aid for activities.

Assessment/Interview Process:  Each member must be interviewed by a TRS program manager before being enrolled in this club.  During the interview, the staff member will review the applicants’ leisure interest survey; discuss the program design and the responsibilities of each member and assess personal and medical care needed for that applicant.  Staff for this program can be trained to administer most medical/personal care procedures (i.e. catheter, g-tubes, etc.) but will need time to get trained before the participant can start attending activities.  


Registration is currently open for the 2023 Annual Membership. Registration is ongoing and will be accepted year round. You will not be able to sign up for monthly activities until you have completed the Annual Membership Registration.

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TRS SUMMER CAMP (For campers ages 13-22)

Campers ages 13-22


Thank you for visiting the TRS Summer Camp Information Page! 2023 TRS SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL.

Camp sites and location, dates, and additional information will be made available SOON! For general information about camp, please refer to the program description below. Please check back here or reach us at 703-324-5532 or at @NCS-TRACERS@fairfaxcounty.gov for any additional questions.

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The summer will be packed full of special events, art activities, sensory play, games, sports, outdoor play, music activities and more! All programming is designed to meet the different interests and abilities of the campers.  All camp sites are open to participants with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. Each site will have a variety of staff to participant ratios available to meet the different needs of campers. Ratios range from 1:2 to 1:5 at each site*.

Note: participants who require a constant 1:1, may need more support than this camp structure can provide. If you are unsure if your son/daughter will be successful in the program, please call the main TRS office to discuss eligibility.

Therapeutic Recreation is dedicated to following the guidance of the Fairfax County Health Department regarding all health and safety measures pertaining to reducing the potential exposure and preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are dedicated to implementing a safe and fun camp experience and look forward to seeing our campers this summer!

Transportation: Therapeutic Recreation offers transportation to and/or from camp provided through a contract with Fairfax County Public Schools. If you choose to utilize this transportation option, the participant’s summer site will be determined by TRS based on the participant’s pick-up address. If you choose to provide your own transportation, you will have the ability to select the participant’s summer camp location.  

Summer Camp hours: 10am-3pm.



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TRS SUMMER CAMP (For campers ages 5-12 *5 year olds must have completed Kindergarten*)

For ages 5-12


Thank you for visiting the TRS Summer Camp Information Page! 2023 TRS SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE IN APRIL.

Camp sites and location, dates, and additional information will be made available SOON! For general information about camp, please refer to the program description below. Please check back here or reach us at 703-324-5532 or at @NCS-TRACERS@fairfaxcounty.gov for any additional questions.

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The summer will be packed full of special events, art activities, sensory play, games, sports, outdoor play, music activities and more! All programming is designed to meet the different interests and abilities of the campers.  All camp sites are open to participants with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. Each site will have a variety of staff to participant ratios available to meet the different needs of campers. Ratios range from 1:2 to 1:5 at each site*.

Note: participants who require a constant 1:1, may need more support than this camp structure can provide. If you are unsure if your son/daughter will be successful in the program, please call the main TRS office to discuss eligibility.

Therapeutic Recreation is dedicated to following the guidance of the Fairfax County Health Department regarding all health and safety measures pertaining to reducing the potential exposure and preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are dedicated to implementing a safe and fun camp experience and look forward to seeing our campers this summer!

Transportation: Therapeutic Recreation offers transportation to and/or from camp provided through a contract with Fairfax County Public Schools. If you choose to utilize this transportation option, the participant’s summer site will be determined by TRS based on the participant’s pick-up address. If you choose to provide your own transportation, you will have the ability to select the participant’s summer camp location.  

Summer Camp hours: 10am-3pm.



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S.M.I.L.E

Saturday Morning Integrated Leisure Experience
Ages: 2-5 (Preschool)


The S.M.I.L.E. program is an integrated play program for children with and without disabilities. From the "Good-Morning Song" to the "Good-Bye Song", children can participate in a variety of early learning activities such as arts and crafts, sports, group games, and more! S.M.I.L.E. encourages appropriate social and behavioral interactions in a structured play environment. S.M.I.L.E. operates on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm at the Reston Teen Center during the fall, winter, and spring. Please call the TRS main line (703-324-5532, TTY 711) for more information.

Session Information:
Cost per session of S.M.I.L.E Session 1: $96. Scholarships are available.

Program Location: Reston YMCA (12196 Sunset Hills Road, Reston VA 20190) Use side entrance designated as the Reston Teen Center

Program Time: 10am-1pm

2023 Dates: Session 2: January 21, 28 February 4, 11, 25 March 4, 11, 18 (No program Feb. 18)






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Saturday Discovery

Ages: 6-22  (must have completed kindergarten)


Saturday Discovery provides individuals the opportunity to discover their leisure interests by exploring various leisure options such as arts, sports, sensory, dance, and music, all adapted to meet their individual needs in a structured environment.  In this newly designed, lower ratio program (1:2/1:3) staff will be able to provide the level of support needed for each participant to be successful. Participants need to bring a packed lunch.

Participation requirements
Saturday Discovery Participants must:
-              Be able to interact safely with peers
-              Follow staff directions with moderate prompts
-              Be willing to try a variety of activities and
-              Participate appropriately in a 1:2-1:3 staff to participant ratio

*Please Note: participants who are currently exhibiting frequent aggressive behaviors that are deemed harmful or injurious to others or who require a 1:1 for extended periods of time may need more support than the Saturday Discovery program is designed to provide.  If you are unsure if your son/daughter will be successful in this program, please call the main TRS offices and an initial eligibility assessment can be conducted.  TRS understands that behaviors change over time therefore reevaluation for program placement is available on a semi-annual basis.*

Session Information:
Cost per session of Saturday Discovery: Session 1: $54 a 6-week session, Session 2: $72 a 8-week session

Program Locations:
Kilmer Center (8102 Wolftrap Rd, Vienna, VA  22182)
Key Center (6404 Franconia Rd, Springfield, VA  22150)

Program Time: 10am-1pm

2022-2023 PROGRAM DATES:
Session 1:
October: 29
November: 5, 12, 19
December: 3, 10

Registration for Session 1 opens on October 5, 2022
*Please Note: Space for Discovery is limited and enrollment is subject to availability.*

2023- Session 2:
January 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 4, 11, 18

Registration for Session 2 opens on December 7, 2022
*Please Note: Space for Discovery is limited and enrollment is subject to availability.*




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Paralympic Sports

Ages: 4-22 (must still be enrolled in high school)


Fairfax Falcons wheelchair sports program is a dynamic team of athletes that provide children and adolescents ages 4 to 22 with a wide range of lower extremity disability, such as paralysis, amputation, radiological evidence of limb shortening, spina bifida, a spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy, with a wide variety of sports experiences, teamwork, social skills, and fitness skills.While all our athletes compete in wheelchairs, not all athletes use wheelchairs outside of sports. The program is open to Fairfax County and non-county residents.  Fairfax Falcons compete in tournaments with players from up and down the East Coast. No worries if you’re new to wheelchair sports; there are different skill levels to include all players. Wheelchair Sports and Fitness meets year-round on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church. Wheelchair sports offers skill development in many sports including track and field, tennis, basketball and golf. Athletes compete in wheelchairs for most sports, however not all athletes use wheelchairs outside of sports.  All players must be able to push their own wheelchair. For more information call 703-324-5532, TTY 711

Levels of Play
• Novice - Athletes ages 8 and under, focus on development of chair skills, communication, and ball handling
• Prep - Athletes 13 and under
• Varsity - Athletes 22 and under

Practices are on Saturdays from 9-11 am (Varsity/Junior Varsity team) and 10-Noon (Prep team) at the James Lee Community Center.

*2021-2022 Season Registration IS NOW OPEN



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