Dr. Jay Woodward – Camp Director

Dr. Jay Woodward will serve as Director of the program. Jay has a B.A. in Psychology, a M.S. in Educational Psychology (with an emphasis on educating gifted and talented students), and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on human creativity. This year will mark Jay’s 23rd overall in Aggieland! Jay has previous experience as a YAP counselor and Recreation director and has been with the camp since 1997.


Laura Stafford – Dorm Parent

Laura Stafford will return as Dorm Parent for the fifteenth consecutive year. Laura (known at camp as “Mom”) is an elementary school teacher in Bryan ISD and has certification in gifted and talented education. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M and a M.S. in Educational Psychology.


Jonathan Shaw – Camp Manager

Jonathan Shaw is thrilled to be returning for his fifth year as Camp Manager. Jonathan is a 6th grade math teacher at West ISD. He graduated from Texas A&M in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences.


Brett Taylor – Program Coordinator

Brett Taylor returns for his fourth year as Program Coordinator for the Youth Adventure Program. Previously he served as Camp Manager from 2002-2012. Brett is a twenty-four year veteran of Plano ISD and is the lead teacher for the district’s science learning center.


Matthew Bowen – Recruiting Director

Matthew Bowen is looking forward to continuing his role as Recruiting Director for YAP 2017. This marks his 7th overall year with YAP after being a camper, Junior Counselor, and Practicum Counselor. Matthew recently graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Psychology and is currently pursuing his Masters degree in Educational Psychology.