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Camp Joshua 2014

It's hard to believe that two weeks ago today, Camp Joshua hadn't started yet! Like last year, we had a great group of passionate young high school students eager to learn more about how they can stand for life in their communities. We were all impressed with how experienced and knowledgeable our 2014 campers were; m
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Our 2014 campers!

any of them had received previous pro-life training or had spent time ministering at abortion facilities. Others had volunteered at pregnancy resource centers and helped with retreats for post-abortive women. It was such a pleasure working with them! Even though the students already knew a lot about abortion, we still worked them hard. Our 48-hour camp was packed with classroom lectures, educational activities, and lots of time for fun! We taught them the basic facts about abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research, as well as some useful skills for effectively sharing what they learned with the world. One speaker described how a counselling session at a pregnancy care center works, while another, Hannah Rose Allen, shared her story of how abortion impacted her life.
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Hard at work.

Hannah Rose's story especially resonated with the teenagers. During her testimony, Hannah Rose explained how she grew up pro-life, but when a string of bad decisions left her unexpectedly pregnant at 19, she turned to abortion to solve her problem. She emphasized the need for young people to truly understand and embrace the pro-life message as their own so that they will be able to defend themselves and the unborn. In their evaluations, many of the campers wrote that her story changed they way they thought about abortion; it had never occurred to them that a pro-life teenager could fall into such a dark place. Many reported that Hannah Rose's testimony helped them to understand the terrible impact abortion has on someone, but also how a frightened young woman might seek one out regardless of her beliefs. Hopefully her story will inspire greater zeal for the pro-life mission as well as greater compassion for those struggling with the abortion decision. Because the topics covered at Camp Joshua are intense, we are sure to break up the time with plenty of fun activities! The students had a pro-life movie night, performed skits using the skills they'd learned, and decorated our classroom with colorful posters. Other games like Pro-Life Jeopardy! and human bingo were also in the lineup. Despite all our planned activities, however, the campers quickly adopted their own "official" Camp Joshua game: Animal Call. Rather than trying to explain it, you can watch how it's played here. Short Journey Center echoed with their claps and laughter all weekend long! Each of our campers filled out an evaluation form with their thoughts about the camp. Not only did they all say that Camp Joshua NC was an overall wonderful weekend, they also left us with lots of feedback about what they liked or thought needed improvement. Their thoughts will be invaluable in the planning of next year's camp. We're so excited to continue building our Camp Joshua program and to educate more young pro-life leaders in the years to come!