07-13-2012Dr. Doug Kennedy, Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, was invited by the Department of Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) to direct aquatics training for defense personnel serving youth in Europe. Kennedy, who has served for 25 years with the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) National Camping School focusing on aquatics management, was recommended by the BSA to serve as the "Subject Matter Expert" for the defense Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) organization in Germany. Kennedy traveled to Karlsruhe, Germany for the annual Youth Leadership Forum which brings together youth from across Europe to discuss quality of life on U.S. Defense Bases. Kennedy provided instruction to certify staff as BSA Lifeguards and consulted with directors from installations in Germany and Italy regarding the best practices for aquatics programs and staffing. "The trip was extremely successful," said Kennedy, who was invited to return next year.