Connect Hot Topics

May 8, 2019, Department, by National Recreation and Park Association

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Class Guide Creation Process – If your agency offers a large number of classes, especially during the busy summer camp season, how do you manage that creative process that can involve input from many different staff members and become unorganized as changes are made?

Several NRPA members offered the following suggestions:

  • We use a Google word document. It autosaves and multiple users can be on it at the same time making changes/adjustments. We had the same issues with errors going to the company, so we scrapped the company and now do it in-house.
  • This year, we started to do the layout and design in-house and downsized our brochure significantly. All our details are not online in our registration system; staff have to update the registration system and also the information for the hard copy.
  • We do our entire guide in-house. The recreation coordinators and supervisors turn in one info sheet for each program, and I use that information to build the guide in InDesign.
  • I just upgraded computers, so I went from CS3 (very old version of InDesign) to Creative Cloud (newest version) of Adobe products. Big learning curve! But, the process was the same. My staff each has a Word file where they list each of their programs.

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