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Friday, April 12, 2013

NCRTL Will Host Its First Camp Joshua in July

As increasing numbers of young people identify themselves as pro-life, National Right to Life and its affiliates are seeking better ways to engage the youth in their communities.

While NRLC hosts an annual summer academy for college students, many of the state affiliates are reaching out to high school students by holding pro-life camps. Some states, such as Wisconsin and Louisiana, have had strong teen programs for years, while others, like Arkansas and Virginia, held their first pro-life teen camps last year. This July, North Carolina Right to Life will join them in hosting its first Camp Joshua.

Camp Joshua is named after Joshua, the Old Testament man who led his people into the Promised Land. The camps are not affiliated with any religious denomination, but they encourage the participants to be like Joshua, full of strength, wisdom, and character. Students learn how to speak knowledgably about abortion, euthanasia, and other life issues, and they are encouraged to spread the pro-life message in their communities. 

Erin Karlovich, NCRTL’s assistant director and organizer of the camp, said, “Teenagers are full of energy and passion, and they are eager to spread the pro-life message. Camp Joshua is a great way of giving them the tools they need to be effective leaders and to really embrace the movement as their own.”

Besides being an awesome place to receive a pro-life education, Camp Joshua is fun! Campers meet other teen pro-life enthusiasts from all over the state and develop friendships based on a common cause. They also have lots of time for games, skits, outdoor activities, and movies during free time.

Camp Joshua North Carolina will be held July 19-21, 2013, at Short Journey Retreat Center in Smithfield.  The registration cost is $95, which includes meals, accommodations, and materials. The camp is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school.  

Anyone interested in Camp Joshua NC should contact Erin at to receive an application. While there will be need-based scholarships, we strongly encourage students to ask their churches or family members for support.

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