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Project Marj - An optional program for new freshman and transfer students

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Project Marj is Towson University’s pre-orientation wilderness experience. The trip works to develop group efficiency, ingenuity and leadership. The adventure activities urge participants to disregard self-imposed limitations on the mind and body and promote the growth of self-worth and esteem. It is challenging in many ways, but with a focus on leadership, communication and self-discovery, it concentrates on safety and is within the physical capabilities of the average healthy person. Get full details at the Adventure Web site. To reserve your place, complete PDF ( link below) and return with credit card information, check, or money order made payable to Towson University. Mail to: Towson University, Auxiliary Services Business Office, Towson, MD 21252-0001.

History of Project Marj

Project Marj embodies the spirit of a woman whose devotion to life and education inspired others. During the summer of 1976, a group of 12 teachers spent three months in the mountains as part of a master’s degree experiential education program. One of the teammates was Craig Dobkin, a Towson University kinesiology professor. On the trip, Craig met a woman named Marjorie Millspaugh. The two became good friends, sharing ideas about education and a love for the outdoors. When Craig returned to Towson, he began work on a university program that would adhere to the educational philosophy he and Marjorie shared. The program would make use of the environment and experiential education to empower incoming students. It was designed to teach new skills by using adventure as a foundation for change and growth. "Project Marj" began in the summer of 1977 and is one of the longest-running traditions at Towson University.

Program Options: August 16-20

5 Day Backpacking ($250)

5 Day Multi-Activity: Kayaking/Climbing ($250)


Project Marj will provide all of the necessary technical adventure equipment for the trips, including backpacks and sleeping bags. Participants need to provide clothing, suitable footwear and other personal items. A complete clothing and equipment list can be found online at the Adventure Web site.

Instructional Staff

Project Marj is directed and administered by Brian Ricketts, coordinator of adventure pursuits. Brian trains and supervises talented, enthusiastic student instructors. The staff are Adventure Pursuits Outdoor Trip Leaders that work year round leading Towson students on adventure activity trips. They strive to provide a unique and exhilarating experience for each Project Marj participants.

students involved in Project Marj
Earn Academic Credit

Upon completing Project Marj, participants are eligible to receive one unit in KNES 271, Special Topics in Physical Education. To receive this credit, students must submit a three- to five-page high-quality reaction paper describing the experience. It will count as an elective credit and is applicable toward the 120 credits required for graduation.




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