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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 1 Questions PRT M 321 Garrett Chapman 1. One of the main differences between voluntary nonprofit agencies and government departments providing recreation facilities and programs is that government run departments are run by government-paid employees and that voluntary nonprofit agencies are run by private citizens and rely heavily on volunteers often. Because of this employment situation, government agencies have much more financial resources to work with than non-profit agencies. Thus, government agencies have a larger capacity to provide more and better leisure and recreation services to better meet the needs of their citizens. Voluntary nonprofit agencies are somewhat more limited in the services they provide. One advantage that non-profit organizations have is that they are run by the individuals that work there. Therefore, they can potentially offer more specialized leisure services than governmental agencies. For example, a nonprofit agency could offer a soccer league for special needs children while a governmental agency may not be able to due to governmental regulations. Non-profit organizations exist to serve the residents of their community and governmental agencies do not exist solely to make a profit either. Governmental agencies exist to protect the entities they are assigned to, such as the National Park Service. Furthermore, nonprofit agencies are more individual oriented while government agencies are more group oriented. For example, nonprofit agencies can be religiously affiliated, such as the Youth Women’s Christian Association, while governmental organizations cannot be oriented toward an individual group. 2. Commercial recreation agencies are businesses that provide recreation and leisure services to people for a price. Therefore, they make a profit. The most common types of commercial organizations include resorts, travel agencies, private campgrounds, spas, movie theatres, and many other organizations that operate on a profit while providing a leisure or recreation service. In one area of commercial recreation, resorts, they are suffering greatly during the current recession. For example, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a resort with five golf courses and a five star hotel/spa. Kiawah is known as one of the premier golf destinations on the east coast and often hires interns from Clemson University. I did a six month internship at Kiawah Island during the summer of 2008. This year, however, Kiawah has let people know that they are in a hiring freeze and will not be taking on any new employees or interns for the next year. 3. Leisure service managers take on many different roles that vary depending on the organization they serve in. For example; a leisure professional in a public agency will be seeking to serve a larger and more diverse group of people than a professional in a private organization. The public leisure professional will need to be more sensitive to cultural differences among his or her participants. Nonprofit professionals will be able to operate more freely or her participants....
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2010 for the course PRTM 321 taught by Professor Backman during the Spring '08 term at Clemson.
- Spring '08
- The Land