Academy Teaches Teens the Meaning of Freedom

Academy Teaches Teens the Meaning of Freedom

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(KSL News) -- Eighty high school students will be going to prison this week and it's all in the name of freedom. The Utah National Guard is hosting the students during their annual Freedom Academy held at Camp Williams.

During the week-long camp the teenagers will participate in various activities designed to teach them exactly what it means to be free.

Lt. Colonel Tom Shaw, Director of Freedom Academy: "We teach them about the aspects of freedom and show them firsthand that freedom isn't free. There will be various activities from sitting in the house chambers up at the state capitol and passing a mock bill, to hearing Governor Leavitt speak to us. We'll take them to prison and show them what prison isn't."

Students will also be able to hear from guest speakers like Thurl Bailey throughout the week.

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