Pro-life camp for high school students July 27 in Galesburg

GALESBURG — In an effort to help high school students stand strong against a culture that doesn’t always respect life, Knox County Right to Life is hosting a Joshua Camp on Saturday, July 27. It will be held at Costa Catholic Academy, 2726 Costa Drive.

There is no charge for the one-day camp, which begins at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at about 6 p.m. Meals and snacks will be provided.

Among the speakers are Pat Conklin, former president of the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and adviser to Knox County Right to Life, who will cover the history of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion; Jared Bruening, a teacher at Costa Catholic, and his wife, Kari, a medical professional; and State Rep. Donald Moffitt (R-74th), who will discuss what’s happening in Springfield and how the young people can use their voice. They will also hear from a post-abortive mother and see a film about an abortion survivor.

Pat Regnier, secretary for Knox County Right to Life, said the Joshua Camp is modeled after similar camps that have been held in other locations for longer periods of time. It calls to mind the biblical figure of Joshua, who brought down the walls of Jericho in the face of what seemed to be insurmountable odds.

“Our intention is to help these students have a better way to deal with the issues and answer questions,” Regnier said.

The day is open to all incoming freshmen and current high school students. To help planners provide sufficient food and materials, registration must be completed as soon as possible by calling Regnier at (309) 375-6816.

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