Young Profs to explore Rowan University's campus

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Rowan University's second annual Young Profs Exploration Camp will welcome 29 young people with high-functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome or ADHD for a week of activities July 23-27 on the University's Glassboro campus.
Rowan University's second annual Young Profs Exploration Camp will welcome 29 young people with high-functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome or ADHD for a week of activities July 23-27 on the University's Glassboro campus.

The five-day camp, which runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, will offer students ages 10-15 the opportunity to enjoy activities hosted by colleges on campus. Professors in the colleges of Engineering, Education, Fine & Performing Arts, Communication, and Science & Mathematics are collaborating to offer activities ranging from slime making and bottle-rocket launching to art projects to tours of Rowan Radio to theater projects.

Students attending the camp hail from Gloucester, Camden and Atlantic counties. Through fun, engaging activities, the camp helps introduce the college experience to the campers, some of whom may consider attending Rowan in the future, according to John Woodruff, director of the University's Academic Success Center & Disability Resources, which presents the camp.

"There isn't another program like this on a college campus in our area," says Woodruff. "We present campers with engaging, challenging activities that promote teamwork and social skills."

According to Woodruff, enrollment in Young Profs has doubled in a single year. Counselors in the camp, many of them Rowan students or recent graduates, keep in touch with campers year round, offering other activities such as holiday get-togethers and networking opportunities, Woodruff says.

The summer program will end with a Family Day celebration on Friday, July 27, at the Rowan Art Gallery in Westby Hall.

For information about Young Profs, contact John Woodruff, woodruff@rowan.edu or 856-256-4234.

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