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!

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.