Q&A with Beth Harris, Waco campus recreation coordinator

Photo of Beth, Methodist Children's HomeMethodist Children’s Home offers recreational opportunities for our youth on the Waco, Boys Ranch and Waxahachie campuses. Through these recreation and leisure activities, youth and their peers develop trust, teamwork, patience and interpersonal skills.

We spent a few minutes with Beth Harris, recreation coordinator for the Waco campus, to find out what is happening in the recreation department.

Q: How is recreation different from athletics?
A: Recreation activities provide other opportunities for youth to get involved outside of athletics. These activities may include crafts, bike rides, clubs, disc golf, yoga and swimming, to name a few. There are opportunities for our youth to support our athletic events, such as the dance team performing at homecoming or basketball games. We plan several occasions throughout the year when all three campuses come together to participate in leisure activities and fellowship.

Q: What is therapeutic recreation?
A: Therapeutic recreation activities are designed with the purpose of teaching social skills and developing self-confidence, teamwork and relationships. These activities are specific to the home unit. The youth set goals to work toward depending on the needs of the youth in that home unit. When goals are met, they plan a special outing like horseback riding or the Alpine tower.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: I enjoy the community here at MCH. I enjoy building relationships with our youth and getting to see them have new experiences and being excited about learning new skills.

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