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Recreation counselors, sometimes called recreation workers, these professionals plan and organize interesting activities for groups and organizations. They may work indoors or outdoors on weekends, at irregular hours or seasonally, depending on their job type.

Recreation counselors organize outside, recreational activities for youth within communities that may be subject to negative influences (gang involvement, substance abuse etc.). The mission of these counselors is to provide youth with productive distractions, in hopes that youth abstain from negative activities and behaviors.

Recreation counselors may even include a therapeutic element in their activities, using various activities as a learning experience. This type of treatment is used in conjunction with therapeutic treatment offered at treatment programs such as, residential treatment and rehabilitation centers.