Help Build a Pro-Life Culture: Support Camp Joshua

Did you know that the largest demographic to receive abortions is college-age women? In 2012, 32% of North Carolina's resident abortions were performed on women ages 20-24. That's 6,724 abortions a year, or about 18 abortions per day. This is tragic. NCRTL believes in the power of education to help change the culture for the better. That's why we send a college student to the National Right to Life Academy every year, and why we started Camp Joshua, our pro-life summer camp for teens. 1069377_10152087820977782_605099036_n Sometimes teenagers hear that abortion is wrong, but they don't hear concrete reasons why it's wrong. Sometimes they do know, but when they are challenged by peers, they realize they don't know how to address the opposing arguments. Camp Joshua seeks to empower teens with the knowledge and skills necessary to defend the rights of the unborn confidently and correctly. We teach them the facts about fetal development and abortion, and then we explain effective ways to share the pro-life message with others. Will you help us to train up these young pro-life leaders?  It is our hope that when teenagers leaves Camp Joshua, they will return home eager to tell other people what they've learned. We hope that when they go to college or enter the workforce, they'll remember what we've taught them, even if they're faced with challenging situations like pro-abortion professors or friends facing unplanned pregnancies. We hope that they will have the confidence to defend the rights of the unborn with eloquence and compassion. To keep Camp Joshua affordable for families, we've kept our registration fee low. This means that we need to raise outside funds to ensure the continuing education of North Carolina students. Your donations go directly towards Camp Joshua expenses, including student scholarships. Please help us as we build up the culture of life, one student leader at a time!  

Registration for Camp Joshua is Open!

Registration for our second annual Camp Joshua, held at the Short Journey Retreat Center in Smithfield, is now open! What is Camp Joshua? Quite simply, an exciting pro-life weekend camp for high school students! At Camp Joshua, we train teens to be pro-life leaders now and in the future. We know that college-age women are the largest demographic receiving abortions, and it's essential that we teach our teens what being pro-life means, why being pro-life is important, and how they can be effective pro-life leaders in their communities. In short, they need to be able to defend their pro-life beliefs. Our goal is to teach the basic facts of pro-life issues like abortion and euthanasia, as well as the skills to communicate these facts well. As our website says, "Just as Joshua brought down the walls of Jericho, the young men and women of Camp Joshua will lead their generation in bringing down the walls of the culture of death. They will be Be Joshua to our world in need." So what can you do to help these young leaders-in-training?
  • Promote! Do you attend a school, church, or homeschool group that would be willing to send students to Camp Joshua? Promoting our camp in your community is a great way to help us expand this awesome program. We can provide posters, flyers, and even a speaker!
  • Attend! Send your teens to Camp Joshua! They'll learn a lot, make new friends, and have a wonderful time. We're also in need of college-aged volunteers to help as counselors at the camp.
  • Donate! Unfortunately, camps don't run themselves, and your generous donations ensure that we can continue this program now and in the future. All funds raised go towards student scholarships, basic materials like binders and T-shirts, and overhead administrative expenses.
If you have any questions about Camp Joshua, our mission, the camp schedule, or how to be more involved, please don't hesitate to contact Erin at ncrtl.erin@gmail.com.
Camp Joshua 2014 will be July 18-20 in Smithfield, NC. Cost is $95 per student, which includes food and lodging, materials, and a T-shirt. 

Academy Deadline Extended!

It's not too late! College students interested in receiving an outstanding education from the leaders of the pro-life movement still have time to apply to the National Right to Life Academy. blog_academyThe NRL Academy is a five week summer program located in Washington, D.C., at National Right to Life's headquarters. Students spend their days studying with the country's experts on abortion, euthanasia, and medical ethics; by completing the course, students can earn three college credits through the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Human Life Studies program. Although the Academy's curriculum is challenging, the summer is not without fun! Attendees have ample time in the evenings and on the weekends to explore the city and visit its many attractions. Best of all? You're guaranteed to make solid pro-life friendships with people from all over the country. North Carolina has had the privilege of sending a total of five students to the NRL Academy since its founding in 2007. This is, in part, due to the Scholarship for Life, a full-tuition scholarship for one NC student each year. Still need convincing? Here's what some of our graduates have to say about the Academy: "This summer has reaffirmed and strengthened my knowledge and hope of the pr-life movement. I have made connections that I will cherish for a lifetime. I am truly blessed to be chosen to this lifetime opportunity." -Will Moore, 2013 "The Academy has made me more aware of how much we have accomplished in the movement and how much work that needs to be done. It renewed my enthusiasm to protect the vulnerable among us." -Teresa Pincus, 2012 "My five weeks at the Academy gave me a greatly expanded knowledge about various life issues, but more importantly, I learned how to effectively implement that knowledge by practicing lobbying, debating, and giving speeches. I still use these important skills in discussions today.... The Academy is a place where pro-life students can meet each other and form lasting friendships in support for life." -Sarah Urdzik, 2012 To apply to the Academy, simply send in the form found here. Then, fill out the Scholarship for Life application and inform our office of your interest in attending the Academy.