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Allow us to tell you about a great opportunity for Pro-Life students called Camp Joshua. Camp Joshua is a 4-day camp for pro-life students ages 16-21. We come together to learn about the pro-life movement, how we can help save babies, and best of all we get to meet other pro-life youth from all over the state!
Take a look around. Above you will find the major highlights of this year’s retreat. I suggest watching the “Camp Joshua Video” below for a better idea about what we do at Camp Joshua. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us through our contact page. Have fun looking at the site, and we hope to see you at this year’s at Camp Joshua!
Held at the Macleay Christian Retreat Center
“Abortion 101 and 102”
Camp Joshua offers a session called Abortion 101 that will teach you the basics of abortion, such as all the different ways and why it is performed. During this session, students can take notes for later use or just relax and take it all in. It is after this presentation that students are energized to find out what they can do to stop abortion in Oregon and beyond! Luckily, we’ll give you three more days to find out how!
Don’t worry, if you don’t like politics, you won’t fall asleep! During our trip to the Oregon capitol in Salem, we will meet with pro-life legislators and find out the importance of pro-life legislation and how everyone-regardless of if they like politics or not-can help save babies at this critical stage!
“They Say, You Say”
The arguments of the pro-abortion movement can seem convincing, but after a fun question and answer time with pro-life experts who know it all, you’ll have all the answers you need when addressing your peers and telling them the truth about abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia.
The pro-life movement covers more than just abortion. Life issues range from cutting-edge stem-cell reasearch ethics to assisted suicide (which is legal in Oregon). At Camp Joshua you will learn the basics about all life issues including stem-cell research, cloning, assisted suicide and euthanasia.
“Pregnancy Resource Centers”
One of the most important parts of being pro-life is helping women who feel like they may have no choice but to abort. At Camp Joshua we will travel to Oregon’s biggest network of Pregnancy Resource Centers in Portland to find out how they run and how we, as pro-life high school and college students, can help them. We also take a trip to a home that gives pregnant girls and their babies a home and learn about the tremendous resources that are available to help pregnant girls.
“Putting a Face on Abortion”
During our time at Camp Joshua we have the privilege of hearing a panel of post-abortive women and men tell their stories. This is definitely the most powerful point of Camp Joshua, as the reality of abortion sets into all of us. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to put a face on abortion.
“Oregon Right to Life Tour”
One day we take all of the campers to the Oregon Right to Life headquarters in Salem where we learn about how an office that is part of National Right to Life operates. We also have special guests come and speak to the campers.
That’s right, you won’t leave empty-handed. The Camp Joshua staff will give you the things you need to continue to be effective in pro-life work wherever you may end up! This includes a binder of useful items, stickers and pins. You also have the chance to win prizes in our games and competitions. As a bonus, we will even pay for your registration to attend your choice of the annual Oregon Right to Life conference or the National Right to Life conference so you can continue to meet great pro-life people from all over the country! Need a place to stay while at the conference? OK! We’ll pay for lodging too!
“Games with Value”
Camp Joshua isn’t all work, we have a lot of fun too. Think you can take the heat of our Pro-Life Apprentice game show? You better be on your toes or you might hear, “You’re fired!”
“Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!”
That’s right, it’s our annual Cake Decorating contest. In this fun activity, the campers split into teams and decorate their cake, trying to be the most creative. Our distinguished panel of judges give out awards and names for each of the cakes. Afterward, we eat!
Camp Joshua is not only a pro-life camp, it’s a leadership camp. We are here to make leaders who will be leading the next generation-and we love that they are pro-life! With our intensive leadership training, campers are taught how to be a pro-life advocate in any avocation! We need pro-life mayors, doctors, teachers and lawyers! The leadership training at Camp Joshua will be important and useful for wherever the camper goes in life!
Camp Joshua brings together youth from all different backgrounds and from different places in Oregon for 3 fun-filled days of learning how to be a pro-life leader. But we all have at least one thing in common–we are all pro-life. Camp Joshua has helped me to make many dear friends. I’ve even been able to visit them often after the camp!
Key Note Speaker
Alan Shlemon, from the organization Stand to Reason, trains students to persuasively defend the unborn in their everyday interactions. Alan has been interviewed on numerous radio shows and has been featured as a guest on JCTV’s top 3 television show. He is a graduate of California State University in Long Beach.
Learn the basics with Pro-Life 101 & 102. Examine what science says about human development and when human life begins. Understand how assisted suicide and euthanasia work. Learn what some in the medical community don’t want you to know about the impact abortion has on women.
Political Action Training
We will bring you the most up-to-date briefing on state and national politics from some of Oregon’s most influential office holders and political operatives. Get some face time with pro-life leaders at Oregon’s Capital, and enjoy an insider’s tour that is always filled with a few surprises.
Social Impact Training
Tour a pregnancy support organization and see what it’s like on the front lines of helping women with their unexpected pregnancies. Interact with a panel of people who have personally experienced choosing life over abortion.
Why do I need to fill an application for Camp Joshua?
Camp Joshua is an intensive four days of pro-life, leadership training. All students who attend are screened by an application process which includes essays and references, much like a college application. We do this to ensure that the students attending will be able to get the most out of their Camp Joshua experience.
How much does Camp Joshua cost and what does the cost include?
Camp Joshua is $150. The cost includes lodging at Macleay Christian Retreat Center, all meals, snacks, a trip up to Portland and a notebook full of cool stuff! Scholarships are available.
Is Camp Joshua a depressing experience?
No! Though Camp Joshua deals with abortion, assisted suicide and other serious life issues, the camp is fun, educational and inspirational for all of the people who attend. The camp is designed to train and encourage students to help defend the unborn and the vulnerable in whatever they choose to do with their lives, as well as to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Why is Camp Joshua important?
In addition to being the only pro-life youth training cam in Oregon, it is a leadership camp that covers virtually all aspects of careers that students may eventually go into full time: educational, social, political and medical. At Camp Joshua, students learn that they don’t have to be a “professional” pro-life advocate to be an effective and life-saving pro-lifer, and that there are practical ways they can live a pro-life lifestyle and help save babies.
Where is the Camp held?
Camp Joshua is held at Macleay Retreat Center. You can find directions here.
What is Oregon Right to Life?
Oregon Right to Life is Oregon’s biggest pro-life organization. Oregon Right to Life is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. We are dedicated to educating Oregonians about abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia and other life issues in a compassionate, peaceful way.