Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

Happy Birthday U.S. Constitution


September 17 marks the 234th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. After its approval by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention, the Constitution was sent to the 13 states for ratification; 3/4ths of the states were needed for ratification.   Delaware was the first state to ratify it on December 7, 1787, with all its 30 delegates at its state ratifying convention approving it, and on June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution making it the law of the land.


 Background to the Convention:

The United States became an independent nation on July 4, 1776.    The Continental Congress approved of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union-our nation’s first constitution.  It was ratified by the states in March of 1781.   The Articles of Confederation had many weaknesses which included:

It had no means to enforce its laws

It was authorized to conduct foreign policy including making treaties conduct war, receive, and send ambassadors but it had no way of enforcing any of it actions

States could impose its own tariffs.

It did not have a steady stream of revenue and could not pay down its debts or pay its bills.

Congress rarely had a quorum, and any changes in the Articles needed all states to concur.

A number of people realized that the Articles was defective.  An early attempt to address the issue took place at the Annapolis Convention held in September 1786.  Delegates from five states attended which wasn’t enough for a quorum.  However, the delegates proposed that a full convention be held.  Congress asked the states to send delegates to a convention in Philadelphia.  Twelve states agreed to send delegates to Philadelphian.   On May 25, the Constitutional Convention began.

The delegates were made up of the most qualified America had to offer.   All together there were 55 delegates that participated in the convention.  They included George Washington, the “Indispensable Man” who served as of the president of the convention, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, who became known as the “Father of the Constitution,” Roger Sherman, Edmund Randolph, and George Mason.

There was much debate and compromise between states with large populations vs. states with small populations including how the chief executive was to be chosen, how the senate would be chosen, and counting slaves in the census.  Today, there are many that believe that the delegates considered blacks to be less that human, hence counting five blacks as three men.  States with large slave populations wanted to count slaves as full people which would have given slave states more members in the House of Representatives.  Free states and states with small slave populations objected which resulted in the 3/5ths compromise which was repealed when the 14th Amendment was passed.

There were times when the convention almost dissolved, but by mid-September the debates were over and on September 17th, 39 delegates signed the constitution.  The Constitution was sent to the 13 states for ratification in which 3/4ths of the states were needed for ratification.   Delaware was the first state to ratify it on December 7, 1787, with all its 30 delegates at its state ratifying convention approving it.  and on June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution making it the law of the land.

Comments on the U.S. Constitution:

“The Adoption of the Constitution will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it.”  George Washington

“I regard it [the Constitution] as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statemen that ever existed, aided by the smiles oof a benignant Providence…It almost appears as a Divine interposition in our behalf.”  Daniel Webster

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”  John Adams

Recommended reading:  Miracle at Philadelphia:  The Story of the Constitutional Convention by Catherine Drinker Bowen.


A Worthy Company by M. E. Bradford

On the Experimental Vaccine by Theophilus

– Is it effective? – It has been claimed that this “ shot “ would bring an end
to the pandemic. It has also been admitted by the authorities that it WOULD
NOT stop the spread or infection of the Corona virus or its variants. Many
people who are hospitalized today were fully vaccinated. So why are people
being vaccinated for a virus that has an over 99% recovery rate without
vaccination? This shows the lack of efficacy of the vaccine and lies of the WHO
and CDC. There are effective treatments other than vaccines and the “curve”
was “flattened” before the “vax”. Natural immunity is always preferable to a
vaccine. Vaccines are not necessary for those who are naturally immune.
There seems to be no legitimate reason to be vaccinated, considering the


-Is it safe? – The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
reports about 500,000 vaccine injuries in the U.S. from the Covid vaccine, many
very serious and permanent. This includes about 13,000 deaths through August
13, 2021. These numbers are far higher than the combined injuries from all
other prior vaccines combined. Some studies indicate that the VAERS data
only reflects 1% of the actual injuries meaning they actual number could be 100
times higher. Reconsider this particular “vaccine” for its danger. In a state of
panic and fear, manipulation through lies and coercion are harmful.

Some passages from the Jay Green translation of the New Testament.
– ”.. the truth will set you free” ( John 8:32 ). “… he has not stood in the
truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from
his own things, because he is a liar, and the father of it. “ ( John 8:44). “Jesus
says.. I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father if
not through me.” ( John 14:6). “ Jesus said… Come to me, all those laboring and
being burdened, and I will give you rest.” ( Mathew 11:28). For those who trust
Jesus and come to him he says,” My peace I give to you, not as the world gives I
give to you. Let not your heart be agitated, nor let it be fearful.” ( John 14:27).
“God is light, and no darkness is in Him, none! “ ( 1 John 1:5 ).
“… not any could buy or sell, if not the one having the mark, or the name of the
beast, or the NUMBER OF ITS NAME…its number is six hundred and sixty-six.”
(Revelation 13:17-18)

Bill Gates’ patent #WO/2020/060606 is for a system which will measure
and reward your activity in crypto currency. It potentially would measure and
record biometric ( medical ) data. The 666 patent system would be fundamental
to a cashless system which would be foundational to a total control
government tyranny system. If our natural rights come from God, is a “ vaccine
passport ” required to retain them? Will we need that to carry on our routine
life activities? I hope we trust God over man. –

We Will Never Forget 9-11: Tri-Country Republicans Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Al Queda Attack

Camp Constitution was honored to participate in the Tri-Country Republicans’ candlelight vigil that took place in Alton Village, Alton, NH to commemorate the terrorist attack on 9-11, and the recent tragic deaths of American servicemen and women at the Kabul Airport.  The event was led by Priscilla Terry, director of the Tri-County Republicans, and the speakers included Greg Anthes, Ric Perrault, and Jason English.  Mr. Russ Sample led the attendees in “America the Beautiful”  “God Bless America,” and “Amazing Grace.”  Pastor Sam Hollo of the Community Church of Alton offered the prayer.

For more information on the Tri-County Republicans: tricountyrepublicans@gmail.com



The Weekly Sam: The Dangers of Charter Schools and Vouchers

Sam Blumenfeld, homeschool pioneer and author, gave this presentation at the 1998  annual convention of the Alliance of Separation  of School and State   After Sam’s presentation, former Congressman Willian Dannemeyer gives a rebuttal, and Pastor E. Ray Moore of the Exodus Mandate agreed with Sam’s position:   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-09-02T14_52_53-07_00


Camp Constitution Ladies” Fall “Advance” Friday October 1 to Sunday October 3 at the Singing Hills Christian Camp Plainfield, NH

   Singing Hills Christian Camp  71 King Drive Plainfield NH (an hour north and west of Concord, NH) will again be the venue  for our Ladies Fall “Advance” which starts on Friday evening after 5:00 PM October 1, and ends after lunch on Sunday October 3.  Our main speaker will be Mrs. Paulie Heath (see bio below).  She is going to present the unique marriage of John and Abigail Adams,  and how it relates to present day relationships.  Without the strength of our founding mothers this country might have sorted out differently.
 As soon as you register for the event, we will send you your copy of Dearest Friend, the book based on the Adams’ relationship.  If you can  make a little time out of your busy schedule you can get a head start on the story  In addition, Edith Craft will be leading devotions, and we are hoping that Edith and Paulie will lead us in song.
  Maura Shurtleff  will teach us a wonderful craft and how to make bows for the holidays. Kathy Mickle will be updating us on public education and critical thought as well as the LGBT issues.  We will be going morning movement and campfire.  The food will be great as always, will a potluck on Friday night. Let us know what food and/or drink you plan to bring.
  The event will start after 5:00 PM on Friday.  The cost is $200. which includes five meals, materials, and two nights lodging.    A link to the release form:  https://campconstitution.net/downloads/     Payments can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our web site’s homepage  http://www.campconstitution.net or by check payable to Camp Constitution and mailed to me 146 Powder Mill Rd. Alton, NH 03809.


Contact Roberta Stewart  with any questions  at 301.233.8613.

  Paulie Heath’s bio:
  Paulie Heath writes inspirational, contemporary Christian songs from the heart. Her soothing  voice and pointed lyrics are simply an outgrowth of what’s deep in her soul.  She studied music in college and performs throughout the Northeast United States and beyond… Paulie enjoys singing & speaking at ladies retreats,  Mother’s Day & Christmas  Teas, Girls’ Getaway Weekends, and in women’s prisons. 
  Hal Shurtleff, Director 
  Camp Constitution

The Weekly Sam: Exposing the Humanists in Government Education: A Lecture by Sam Blumenfeld

In this lecture from 1985, Sam Blumenfeld exposes the Humanist influence in government schools.  Sam gave this lecture in North Carolina where he testified at the State House in Raleigh after examining the so-called reform legislation.  Whether it be in a Red State or a state like New York, the Humanists and their far left allies have a virtual monopoly on what is taught in government schools.  Thankfully, more and more parents are taking their children out of these schools, and from clutches of these people who are destroying the minds of American children.  A link to the presentation:   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-08-26T16_50_09-07_00


The Weekly Sam: Religion in America’s Intellectual History

Sam Blumenfeld, author and a pioneer in the modern homeschool movement  gives a lecture on religion in America’s intellectual history.  Sam gave this lecture in the mid 1980s.  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-08-21T05_02_59-07_00 

This audio presentation, along most of Sam’s writings and recordings  can also be found on the Blumenfeld Archives:  https://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/


George Schuyler, A Patriot and One of the Best Writers of His Time: A Presentation by Mary Graybar, PHD

About five years ago, I was doing some research on George Schuyler, the late black patriot, and writer who wrote for the now defunct “American Opinion” magazine.  I read his autobiography Black and Conservative many years ago, and purchased a portrait of him that was used for a cover of “American Opinion”.  I was trying to find a good home for the portrait where it would be properly displayed.  I found an article written by Mary Graybar back in 2011 or so on the subject of Mr. Schuyler, and contacted her via the E-mail that was at the end of the article.  I was able to provide Mary a copy of every article Mr. Schuyler wrote for “American Opinion.”  Mary was also an expert on Howard Zinn and wrote a book exposing his lies.  I interviewed Mary on our radio show during the height of last year’s riots.  This year, we were blessed to have Mary teach a few classes at our 13th annual  family camp.  One of the classes was a presentation about Mary’s forthcoming biography of George Schuyler.  A link to the presentation is below.  (His portrait is on display at the Lane House in Lexington, MA where hundreds of people have learned about this great man.)

)Rev. Steve Craft and Mary Graybar with

portrait of George Schuyler)