Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

Boston Censorship on Trial

Roger Gannom (Center) of Liberty Counsel in front of the Federal Courthouse with Hal Shurtleff, Rev. Steve Craft, Pastor Earl Wallace, and Dr. Punymurtula Kishore

On Thursday August 9th,  a hearing was held on Camp Constitution’s lawsuit against the City of Boston for censoring the Christian flag.  Here is a link to the article from Liberty Counsel:

 

 

https://www.lc.org/newsroom/details/080918-boston-censorship-on-trial-1

Camp Constitution Six Month Review January-June 2018

Camp Constitution’s Six Month Report for 2018:

The Sam Blumenfeld Archives:

       Hits:  829,228,  Alpha-Phonics Downloaded 48,630.

YouTube:   We are averaging over 2,000 views per day up over 1,000 per day from last year. Professor Willie Soon’s first class at last year’s camp has received almost 131,,000 views.  Many of our videos have been monetized. YouTube: 

Facebook Page: 

Our Facebook page has over 1,573 likes, and our live videos average over 3,000 views.

Speakers Bureau:

We either hosted or were guest speakers at 18 events including an event in Virginia.

      Media:

We appeared as guests on eight radio stations including two for the first time, and made connections with two other radio show hosts where we will have our camp instructors as guests while they are at camp.   We guest hosted a show in Connecticut-the Lori on Liberty Show.  Our instructors appeared as guest on several live on line shows including the “Morse Force,” ‘The Dr. Duke Show,” and “Uncompromised Talk.”  A media company in New York City asked to do a documentary on our annual family camp.

Article V Convention opposition:

We testified against resolutions in Maine and New Hampshire where all pending resolutions were defeated.  In New Hampshire, the committee hearing the proposed resolutions soundly defeated the Convention of States resolution 17-1.  The Wolf PAC resolution which passed in committee in Massachusetts was changed to a non binding resolution.   In late March, we held a press conference and outreach at the Pennsylvania State House with several members of the media on hand.  In Maine, we interviewed  State Rep Sheldon Hannington who sponsored an Article V Convention but now strongly opposes one.

Camp Constitution Radio on Podomatic:

Our Podomatic page continues to be in the top ten (out of approximately  160) for the category of   “Conservative-Right with close to 800 shows downloaded and almost 2,400 visits. Our show originates on WBCQ The Planet and is heard twice a week on the station as well as  weekly  on ipmnation.com and on our YouTube Channel

Camp Constitution Books:

Last year, we created an account on Amazon selling donated books.  This year we have sold over $2,500 worth of books either via Amazon or on Facebook.  We have been blessed by donations of over 2,000 books including a recent donation from Professor Mike Patterson.

New Camps:

We created a weekend camp to be held at the “Cottage in the Woods” campground in Damariscotta, Maine September 14-16 with guest instructor Rev. Steven Craft

Special Projects:

We continue to help  the producer  of “Great Commission Films” with the documentary  “Hero In America,” We donated 1,200 copies of the pocket U.S. Constitution to the Manchester, NH Public School Department.  In early June, we presented the constitutions to the school committee.  We also donated copies of the Constitution to “Constitution Camp” in Chillicothe, Ohio, and to a teacher on Cape Cod.

Camp Constitution Media:

We videotaped presentations at eight  events, and made them available on our YouTube Channel

Outreach:

We had  info tables at eight events (other than our own) including three homeschool shows: Homeschoolers of Maine, Mass Hope, and CHAPs in PA,  and a float in the Flag Day Parade in Dedham, MA where we passed out 700 copies of the U.S. Constitution.

Other Activities:

Mr. Bill McNally, who is the director of the Samuel Blumenfeld Literacy Foundation, will turn the directorship over to me gi ving Camp Constitution the copyright of Sam’ “Phonics for Success” book.

The second half of 2018 has already been a very busy.  We had an information table at an event in Mashpee, MA, a float in the Pittsfield, MA July 4th Parade, and have some speaking engagements and media interviews over the next few weeks.

Just a few days ago, Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit on our behalf against the City of Boston for denying us a permit to fly the Christian Flag on Boston’s City Hall Plaza.  Liberty Counsel is taking the case “pro bono” and as of yesterday, the story was carried by 10 news outlets including “World Net Daily” and “The Boston Herald.”

  How you can help grow our program:

  Make a monthly donation via our PayPal account accessed from our homepage:

  www.campconstitution.net

    Start a Constitution Club

  Host a “What is Camp Constitution” presentation in your areas

  Introduce people to the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:

 http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/  

 Like our Facebook Page:

  https://www.facebook.com/CampConstitution/

   Host a Camp Constitution speaker:

  http://campconstitution.net/camp-constitution-speakers-bureau/

I am very blessed to serve as director of Camp Constituion.  My thanks to all of our supports,  campers, and staff  who make Camp Constitution and my position  possible.  May God bless you and may He continue to bless our important work of “Honoring the Past…Teaching the Present and Preparing the  Future.”

Hal Shurtleff, Director of Camp Constitution

 

Camp Constitutuion’s Annual Family Camp’s Schedule

Our 10th Annual Family Camp is two months away.  We have what we thing is the best lineup of instructors in our camp’s history.  Here is the schedule:

Camp Constitution – 2018 – Daily General Schedule

Lakeside Christian Camp & Conference Center – Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Every Morning: (Monday – Saturday)
6:30 AM Run and/or Polar Bear Swim Optional
7:00 AM WAKE-UP!

7:50 AM Flagpole, Devotions, and Announcements +

8:00 AM Breakfast in Cafeteria
8:30 AM Staff Meeting // Students in Cabins (cleaning & decorating)

Classes (Mon.-Fri.) 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 AM in Old Chapel near lake
(with mini-breaks in between)
Detailed Class List on other side of this page
Junior Patriot Classes as directed by Mrs Craft ________________________________________

Placement Quiz, and Exit Exam at Cafeteria or Location(s) to be Announced.

12:00 Noon Lunch — Cafeteria: Each camper to take care of own dishes as instructed + Two people from each table to return water pitchers, wipe down
tables, etc., before Recreation! (Unless otherwise instructed!)

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Special Activities: Photos, Hike, Field Trip; Optional Sessions.
Otherwise Recreation includes Swim & Boat activities (when Lifeguard is on duty), and organized competitions and games set up by Mr Kalis. Tournaments may also be organized, but participants have a duty to locate each other, follow charts and arrange times to play!

Evenings: (Sunday – Friday)
5:30 Dinner and Clean-up!
6:30 Class, 7:20 Flagpole
7:45 Class
8:35 Break*
9:00 Campfire – *Bring Flashlight & Song Book; Beware Mosquitoes!
10:00 Break: Snacks** and Camp Newspapers usually available
10:30 in Cabins; 11:00 Lights OUT!
** Pizza Party Friday evening after Campfire!

Saturday – After Breakfast, Cabin & Public Area Cleanup, Pack up your stuff, exchange info, & leave!
Safe Travels to All! Hope to See You Again Next Year!
Camp Constitution – 2018 Class & Event Schedule
SUNDAY
4:00—Staff Orientation — Cafeteria — Mr Hal Shurtleff
6:30—Campers (11 years or older) Placement Quiz — Mrs Ruth Harper, Mr Norman Tregenza
7:45—Camper Orientation — Mr Shurtleff, Mr John Hoderny, Mr Chris Kalis, et al.

MONDAY
9:00 AM—Introduction to the United States Constitution —Mrs KrisAnne Hall
10:00 AM—A Reverent Look at the United States Constitution —Lord Monckton
11:00 AM—Defending Your Worldview —Dr Duke Pesta

1:00— Camp Photo (All !) Using Risers at Campfire Pit w/ Richmond Pond (the lake) in Background
2:00— Optional Workshop: C.S. Lewis: Atheism to Apologetics —Dr Pesta

6:30 Get Us Out of the United Nations Mr. John McManus
7:45 The Moral American, B-1! —Mr John Hoderny (boys); Mrs King (girls)

TUESDAY
9:00 AM—The Bill of Rights —Mrs Catherine White
10:00 AM—The Global Warming/Climate Change Hoax —Professor Willie Soon
11:00 AM—Liberty Over Security —KrisAnne Hall
After lunch? Optional Recreation: HIKE up MOUNT GREYLOCK

6:30—Articles I – (Legislative), and II – (Executive) of U.S. Constitution —Catherine White
7:45—Attacks on the Union —Mr. Tom Moor
WEDNESDAY
9:00 AM—Agenda 21 to Agenda 2030 —Ms Debbie Baciigalupi
10:00 AM—America’s Godly Heritage Pastor Earl Wallace
11:00 AM—Climate Summit and the United Nations —Lord Monckton
AFTERNOON FIELD TRIP to BENNINGTON BATTLEFIELD & MUSEUM

6:30—Red Pill Politics —Mr Dave Kopacz Interviews Lord Monckton and KrisAnne Hall
7:45—Articles III Judicial, IV State Duties, V To Amend, VI Supremacy,Treaties, Treason & VII—Mr Tregenza
THURSDAY
9:00 AM—Truth Over Personality —KrisAnne Hall
10:00 AM—Life Under Sharia Law —Pastor William Levi
11:00 AM—Are the Sea Levels Rising? —Professor Willie Soon

3:00 Optional Workshop: Vaccines – Good or Bad? Or Both? —Punyamurtula Kishore
6:30—FINAL EXAM! —Mrs Harper and Mr Tregenza
7:45—Defending Your Worldview —Mr Michael King

FRIDAY
9:00 AM—Flags of Our Fathers (And Mothers) Mr. Richard Howell
10:00 AM—Taking Action —Mr King // Off-campus: Community Outreach —Mr Shurtleff
11:00 AM—What Is Money —Mr McManus

3:00 PM Optional Initiative Petitions Mr. Keith Davis

6:30—Exam Review/Graduation
7:45—Closing Ceremonies Hal Shurtleff, Lord Monckton

SATURDAY – After Breakfast, Cabin & Public Area Cleanup, Pack up your stuff, exchange info, leave!
Safe Travels to All! Hope to See You Again Next Year!

To register to camp: /http://camperregsecure.com/campconstitution/

If you aren’t planning on attending but would like to help send a young person to camp, consider a donation. You can do so via our PayPal account accessed on our homepage:  http://www.campconstitution.net

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by E-mail or call me (857)-498-1309

 

The Weekly Sam: The Benefits of Teaching History at Home By Samuel L. Blumenfeld

The other day I was having dinner at a friend’s house and was chatting with his
12-year-old daughter who attends a local public school. I asked her how she was doing,
and she told me that she hated school-not merely disliked schoo~ but hated it. I had
hoped that her parents would home-school her. But they just couldn’t do it. I told her I
thought I knew why she hated school-because it was boring. Yes, she replied. It was
boring. And then I said, “And you’re probably not learning much also.” She wanted to
know what I meant by that. So I asked her to name the first three wars that the United
States was involved with. She got the first one all right, the Revolutionary War. But the
only other war she could think of was the Civil War, and she had no idea when that took
place.

The second war, I told her, was the one fought against the Barbary pirates of
North Africa who kidnapped Americans for ransom. An American invasion of
Tripolitania brought that war to a victorious end. My friend’s daughter had never heard
of that war. The fact is that most Americans have never heard of it. But the anthem of
the U.S. Marine Corps should remind us: “From the halls ofMontezuma, to the Shores of
Tripoli… ”

The third war was the War of 1812. She had never heard of that one either. She
had never heard of the Battle of New Orleans, or the burning of Washington by the
British, or Andrew Jackson, the hero of that war who later became our seventh President.
“But I know all about the Industrial Revolution,” she volunteered. It turned out
that her class had been studying the cotton mills of New England and how young girls
were being exploited by the mill owners who were rich and mean. So, at the age of 12,
she was already being indoctrinated to view factory owners as exploiters of poor young
girls.

She had heard of Eli Whitney and the cotton gin. But she had never heard of
Robert Fulton and the steamboat. In other words, the public schools were teaching
“social studies” not history. Their aim was to indoctrinate children in a pro-socialist view
of our history by emphasizing the meanness of capitalism.
But homeschoolers have the freedom to teach history as history and not as
propagandistic social studies. History is such a fascinating subject and can be studied in
so many different ways: chronologically, by reading biographies and autobiographies, by
unit studies, by concentrating on certain eras and events. The Civil War commands great
interest for many reasons. Thousands of books have been written about virtually every
aspect of that war. There are even organizations that stage mock battles of the Civil War,
with uniforms and weapons made to the exact specifications of the real things.

Every American should have a foundational knowledge of American history in
order to affirm one’s American identity and heritage. Our nation’s history is such a
remarkable story, so full of great and wonderful people, so vibrant with human endeavor
and enterprise, so stirring in its afftrmation of freedom and love of country, that it
behooves a home schooling parent to learn and teach history to one’s children as a means
of making sure that a child understands what it means to be an American.
Americans, and homeschoolers in particular, have a responsibility of transferring
to future generations the philosophy of our founding fathers, who sacrificed so much so
that we could enjoy the fruits of liberty. It is only through knowledge of history that we
can make sure that our free society continues to exist in decades ahead.

It is, of course, a tragedy that millions of young Americans will never learn
history in their public schools, which have betrayed the trust that parents have, over the
years, placed in them. But it is the opinion of this writer that government schools have
never been compatible with the principles of a free society in which parents have the
responsibility of educating their children in accordance with their own values and beliefs.
Prof. Benjamin Bloom, father of Outcome-Based Education, wrote in his famous
Taxonomy: “By educational objectives, we mean explicit formulations of the ways in
which students are expected to be changed by the educative process. That is, the ways in
which they will change in their thinking, their feelings, and their actions.”
Knowing how important it was to start indoctrinating children as early as
possible, Bloom wrote: “The evidence points out convincingly to the fact that age is a
factor operating against attempts to effect a complete or thorough-going reorganization of
attitudes and values …. The evidence collected thus far suggests that a single hour of
classroom activity under certain conditions may bring about a major reorganization in
cognitive as well as affective behaviors.” Those are not the words of an educator who respects the values and beliefs of
parents whose children he is about to indoctrinate.

(A link to a PDF version of the above speech    http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Other/Benefits%20of%20Teaching%20History%20at%20Home.pdf

Camp Constitution’s Dangers of an Article V Convention Press Conference and Outreach Harrisburg, PA

 On Thursday March 29, Camp Constitution   hosted a press conference on the dangers of an Article V Convention press conference, and outreach at the Pennsylvania State House in Harrisburg.     We had two members of the media, and a staff member for the Democrat research entity on hand  In addition to the press conference, we distributed copies of a flyer pointing out the dangers of an Article V Convention to most of the house and senate members, and the governor’s office.
  Here is a link to the press conference:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnHTRB2ysn4
   A special thanks to Mark, Dave and Mill Affleck, Al Zeller, Stacey West, Jim Barr, and John Kreider.

The Weekly Sam: The Homeschool Movement and Christian Revival by Samuel L. Blumenfeld

 

The crisis in the West, in the industrially advanced nations,
and particularly in the United States, is one brought on by the
prevalence of state-controlled education in which the Left has
wielded overwhelming ideological influence on the minds of the
young, thereby creating endless conflicts between disparate
philosophies and world views. The increase in illiteracy, homelessness,
poverty, drug addiction, social disintegration, teenage
rebellion and despair are the results of an education system that
promotes moral subjectivism, situational ethics, behaviorism,
sexual permissiveness, and evolution

By denying the existence of God, of moral absolutes, of the
soul, of the intellect, the system denies children the only true
protection they have against evil. By denying the existence of sin,
the system denies children their only means of understanding and
controlling the satanic spirit that has infected the human race
since the fall of man. The worst thing that we can do to a child
is teach him or her that sin does not exist. It is only through an
acknowledgment of sin that a human being can begin to deal with it.
It is to the credit of a growing number of Christian families
in America that secular public education is finally being recognized
as the destroyer of the moral standards and values which are the
imperatives of a Christian society. The home-school movement is
where the true Christian revival is taking place — not in the
churches,  not even in the Christian school.
The revival is taking place within the Christian hom-school
family, where the father has assumed spiritual leadership, where
parents pass on to their children the knowledge, wisdom and values
of a Christian heritage. The revival is based on the family’s
return to Biblical principles in parenting, child-rearing, and
education. God commands parents to educate their children in a
Godly manner. The home-school movement thereby fulfills the
first requisite of revival: obedience to God.
True revival cannot take place in church where Christians
profess to be born again but send their children to public schools
to be corrupted and proselytized by humanists. True revival occurs
when Christian parents take full control of, and responsibilit y
for, their children’s education and, when they do so, in obedience
to God’s commandments.

True revival means true obedience to God’s way. When children
follow God’s way, the y learn to sa y grace at meals, to respect and
honor their parents, to accept God’s plan for their lives. They
learn to love Christ for His gift of salvation. They learn to grow
and prosper within the safe constraints of God’s law but with the
glorious freedom to be God’s child and to exercise one’s talents,
abilities, and special gifts for His glory.
That is the kind of revival that is taking place in the homeschool
movement, where the Christian family has made a radical
decision to break with secular cultural norms and create an entirely
new kind of modern Christian family where obedience to God is
central, where learning is a family affair, where enterprise is
encouraged, and where the latest technology is adapted to God’s
purposes. This is the kind of revival, the kind of movement,
that has the potential of changing America dramatically in the
next two decades and influencing the Western world in general.
Already the American home-school movement is influencing
Christian families in other countries. It is serving as a model
of integrated, happy, loving family life where children live and
work in harmony with their parents, where children are protected
from the dangers of a corrupt, irrational, and increasingly
violent and diseased society. It is a model that is so attractive
that many public-school children admire and envy their home-schooling
neighbors. wishing that their own narents would decide to emulate
them.

The crisis in education in America is a crisis of conflicting
purposes and conflicting goals. The government schools have their
own agenda, and Christian parents have another. Those parents who
persist in sending their children to the public schools help
perpetuate the crisis through their patronage and support of a
system that is in conflict with their own professed belief s. And
the simple truth is that Christians will never wrest control of the
system from the humanists, for the latter have so thoroughly shaped
the system in their own image that no accomodation with Christianity
is even remotely possible. Thus, handing one’s children over to
the humanists for education is tantamount to handing them over to
Satan.

And so, while the superficial revival of the ’80s made a
great deal of splash through flamboyant televangelism, the true
and profound revival is taking place quietly but steadily among
the home-schoolers~ — where whole families have made a decision
to live according to God’s way. And by their fruits we shall
know them!  The home-school family is producing a youngster who represents
the finest expression of the American Christian character: moral
in behavior, peer independent, self-confident, respectful of
elders, self-disciplined, inventive, freedom loving, patriotic,
enterprising, and God fearing. These are the youngsters who will
become the leaders of tomorrow . With enough of them, America
of will once more be a nation worthy of  God’s grace, living in obedience
to His commandments.

The Blumenfeld Archives.    A link to a PDF version of the above article:     http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Articles/The%20Home-School%20Movement%20&%20Christian%20Revival.pdf

The Weekly Sam: Camp Constitution’s YouTube Page Created the Sam Blumenfeld Playlist

While there are numerous videos of Sam Blumenfeld on YouTube, we thought that it would be a good idea to create a Sam Blumenfeld Playlist that would make it easier for people to access Sam’s important work.  As time permits, we will add videos and convert the audio to video and upload it on our channel.  Here is the link to the playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jnzBzBiNYCRCvx4MDuOrvsitDW2M3Ka

And the link to the archive:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

 

 

 

 

The Weekly Sam: Hundreds of Hours of Sam’s Presentations

Sam Blumenfeld spoke to hundreds of groups around the United States, and other parts of the word.  He also appeared as a guest on radio, and TV shows.  Thanks to Mark Affleck, Camp Constittution’s camp newspaper editor, we were able to convert many of Sam’s presentations from audio cassette, VHS and even a few reel to reel to MP3 and MP4.  We have hundreds of hours of Sam’s speeches, lectures, interviews, and worskshops available on our Sam Blumenfeld Archive.  Visit the site today, and begin to have access this incredible free resourse.

http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/