Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

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/

 

 

 

Camp Constitution’s 2018 Annual Family Camp August 5-11 in the Berkshires of Massachusetts

                         

Camp Constitution’s 10th annual family summer camp will run from Sunday August 5 to Saturday August 11 at the Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, MA

This year’s guest instructors include Lord Christopher Monckton,  Professor Willie Soon, one of the world’s top “climate realists,” Dr. Duke Pesta, Pastor William Levi of Operation Nehemiah,  and Mrs. Krisanne Hall.  The camp offers programs for children of all ages, and is open to entire families and/or unaccompanied minors.

In addition to the classes, campers will have the opportunity to participate in swimming, canoeing, hiking, basketball, volleyball, and an evening campfire.  On the last full day of camp, campers will distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution to residents of the surrounding community. Field trip to local historical sites and a visit to Mt Greylock are also planned. For more information, contact Mr. Hal Shurtleff, director of Camp Constitution (857) 498-1309 or visit the web site:  http://www.campconstitution.net/

 

Camp Constitution 2017 Review

     Thanks to Rev. Steve Craft’s sound advice, the  generosity of Camp Constitution supporters, and, most importantly, the Lord blessing our efforts,  I became the camp’s full-time director in mid-February.  The following is a brief review of our activities:
 Our 9th Annual  Family Camp:
We had over 120 participants-the largest in our nine years.  First time guest instructors included author and writer, Alex Newman, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners or America, Professor Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Institute, and Michael King of the Massachusetts Family Institute.  A local reporter spent a day at camp and wrote a favorable story
http://www.ledgertranscript.com/Camp-Constitution-in-Rindge-11201932

The Sam Blumenfeld Archives:

Our dear friend and Camp instructor Sam Blumenfeld passed away in 2015.  He willed his library to us and thanks to our camp newspaper editor, Mark Affleck, and our webmaster Eric Conover, we made much of Sam’s writing, books, audios, and videos available on our web site.  Here are the  estimated stats for 2017:
2 million hits
500GB of downloaded data (half a terrabyte)
75k Alpha-Phonics Workbooks downloaded
15k Alpha Phonics Instruction Manuals downloaded
Arithmetic and Writing Tutors are just now gaining  popularity estimate 1000 downloads each.

Social Media:
Camp Constitution’s social media  presence continues to grow.  We are averaging 1,000 views per day on our YouTube Channel.  Willie Soon’s first class at this year’s camp has received over 54,000 views, and our 2017 Battle of Lexington Reenactment video was embedded on the Lexington Minuteman’s web site.
In September, we created an account on Podomatic to upload our Camp Constitution Radio Shows.  We are ranked between 4-10 on Podomatic for conservative programming with close to 700 downloads of our show.
Our live Facebook videos average well over 1,000 views

Camp Constitution Book Store:
We created an Amazon account for the sale of books donated by Camp Constitution supporters, and make other books available on my facebook page.  As a result, we have raised over $5,000.  We continue to receive book donations and just last week, we had a book store inventory donated to us.
Camp Constitution Press:
Earlier this year, we reprinted “Proof of the Illuminati,” and “Color, Communism, and Common Sense,” with a foreword by Rev. Steve Craft. Thanks to the efforts of our program director Mrs. Ruth Harper, and our camp newspaper editor, we published the “Feather” brochure listing our history, services, and activities.

Homeschool Shows:
We expanded our influence at regional homeschool shows having information tables in Maine, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.  At the Pennsylvania show, we did a presentation on the dangers of an Article V Convention.
Talk Radio:
In addition to our weekly show which airs on WBCQ,  Camp Constitution speakers have made dozens of talk radio show engagements. Thanks to the influence of Professor Willie Soon , I appeared as a guest on Infowars “Real News” with David Knight, and thanks to Bob Seeley’s influence, I appeared as a guest on “What Really Happened” with Michael Rivero.  Both shows are heard around the country.    I also appeared on  “I am Right” hosted by Dr. Duke Pesta on two occasions, and Dr. Pesta plans to have me on regularly.

Camp Constitution Speakers Bureau
We created a speakers bureau in the fall of 2016.  In 2017, we  conducted dozens of  presentations from Presque Isle, ME to Grand Rapids, MI.  Our topics included “Know Your Constitution,”  Agenda 21 to Agenda 2030:  An Expose,”  “The Dangers of an Article V Convention,” “Color, Communism, and Common Sense:  How the Enemies of America are Using Race,” “Life Under Sharia Law,” and “The Constitution and Sharia Law.”

Information tables:
In addition to the above mentioned homeschools shows, we have held information tables at  gun shows, Cheshire County, NH Fair,  Tea Party rallies, and as of May, several info tables on Boston Common.

Outreach to the Inner City:
Last Spring, we attended a rally to save a local parking lot in Boston’s Codman Square.  We introduced Agenda 21 to the organizers of the rally which  resulted in guest appearances on the Praise and Worship Radio Show hosted by Pastor Bruce Wall, and  guest hosting a show as well.    We also befriended a  Michigan legislator from Detroit who invited us to Detroit to show the soon-to-be released documentary about Dr. Kishore’s ordeal entitled “Hero_In America”
Media coverage:
We continue to attract regional,  and national media coverage.  As mentioned earlier,  a reporter from the “Monadnock Ledger,” visited the camp, and wrote a favorable story on the camp  As a result of the City of Boston denying us a permit to raise the Christian flag on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, we had close to 60 media outlets cover the story including “World Net Daily,” and   a front page story in “The Boston Herald.” http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2017/09/no_fly_zone_city_hall_refuses_to_raise_christian_flag 

Liberty Counsel has taken the case “pro bono.”

 Stop the Article V Convention:
In January, we  sponsored a speaking tour of Robert Brown, the creator of “The Constitution is the Solution” DVD series.  Robert did three evening presentations, two luncheons with state legislators present, two in studio radio interviews, and two press conferences.  Camp supporters testified against Article V resolutions in MA, ME and NH. We sponsored two state house outreaches distributing info on the subject to all of the legislators in Massachusetts and Michigan.  The pending resolutions in NH, and ME were soundly defeated despite the fact that the supporters of an Article V have full time lobbyists in the these states.  As of this writing, the resolutions in Massachusetts have not been voted on and should die in committee.  We recently learned that one of the lobbyist groups promoting an Article V convention consider us a major obstacle.

 The Phyllis Schlafly Center to display a portion of Sam Blumenfeld’s Library:
Camp Constitution is honored to  donate a portion of Sam Blumenfeld’s library to be displayed at the Phyllis Schlafly Center in St Louis, MO.  Sam and  Mrs. Schlafly were good friends.

American Policy Center:
Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center will have me conduct presentation on his organization’s behalf.  Camp Constitution will get the honorarium and in Tom’s words “You can promote Camp Constitution all you want.”

 Camp Constitution’s 10th Annual Family Camp in Pittsfield, MA:
We are excited about our new location, the Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield, MA.  As much as we loved Toah Nipi, we think Lakeside is a better facility, and since its rate’s are a little more family friendly, we are lowering our prices for campers 4-14.  We already have confirmed the return of Professor Willie Soon, Mrs. Krisanne Hall, John McManus, Rev. Steve Craft, Pastor Earl Wallace, Mrs. Catherine White and Michael King.  Attending camp for the first time will be Dr, Duke Pesta, one of the nation’s top experts on Common Core, and Lord Christopher Monckton, a leader in the Brexit Movement. Also returning is  Mr. Alan Belanger, a.ka. “Spunky the Clown.”  We will be holding an open house breakfast at the camp Saturday April 7-10:00 AM.
New Camps:
While we have not made any commitments, we are looking to host a weekend camp in South Jersey, and a week-long  camp in Michigan.

What you can do:
Our family camp, and year-round activities are made possible by the efforts of our volunteers and the generosity of our supporters.  If you are not a financial supporter and would like to help us expand our outreach, and camp program, here are a few ways you can help:

1,  A monthly donation via our PayPal account which you can access from our website’s home page:      http://campconstitution.net/
2,  Become a camp sponsor.  A donation of a minimum of $100. per year will get your business or non-profit on our sponsors page.     http://campconstitution.net/camp-sponsors/             
3,  Annual contributions.  You can make an annual contribution.  Checks are payable to Camp Constitution and can be forwarded  our Business Office:  Camp Constitution Attn:  Mr. Charles Everett 5945 Unit D Quail Hollow Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210-5028
4,  Host a “What is Camp Constitution” presentation in your area.
Thank you again for all you do to help make our camp program possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  May God continue to bless our efforts.  And may you and yours have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Hal Shurtleff, Director
Camp Constitution
12 March Ave.
West Roxbury, MA  02132
(857) 498-1309

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation 1789 and Donald Trump’s 2017 Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be– That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted–for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions– to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us–and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

George Washington

 

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2017

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On Thanksgiving Day, as we have for nearly four centuries, Americans give thanks to Almighty God for our abundant blessings.  We gather with the people we love to show gratitude for our freedom, for our friends and families, and for the prosperous Nation we call home.

In July 1620, more than 100 Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower, fleeing religious persecution and seeking freedom and opportunity in a new and unfamiliar place.  These dauntless souls arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in the freezing cold of December 1620.  They were greeted by sickness and severe weather, and quickly lost 46 of their fellow travelers.  Those who endured the incredible hardship of their first year in America, however, had many reasons for gratitude.  They had survived.  They were free.  And, with the help of the Wampanoag tribe, and a bountiful harvest, they were regaining their health and strength.  In thanks to God for these blessings, the new governor of the Plymouth Colony, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and gathered with the Wampanoag tribe for three days of celebration.

For the next two centuries, many individual colonies and states, primarily in the Northeast, carried on the tradition of fall Thanksgiving festivities.  But each state celebrated it on a different day, and sometime on an occasional basis.  It was not until 1863 that the holiday was celebrated on one day, nationwide.  In the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, of one of the bloodiest battles of our Nation’s Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the country would set aside one day to remember its many blessings.  “In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity,” President Lincoln proclaimed, we recall the “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.”  As President Lincoln recognized: “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Today, we continue to celebrate Thanksgiving with a grateful and charitable spirit.  When we open our hearts and extend our hands to those in need, we show humility for the bountiful gifts we have received.  In the aftermath of a succession of tragedies that have stunned and shocked our Nation — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; the wildfires that ravaged the West; and, the horrific acts of violence and terror in Las Vegas, New York City, and Sutherland Springs — we have witnessed the generous nature of the American people.  In the midst of heartache and turmoil, we are grateful for the swift action of the first responders, law enforcement personnel, military and medical professionals, volunteers, and everyday heroes who embodied our infinite capacity to extend compassion and humanity to our fellow man.  As we mourn these painful events, we are ever confident that the perseverance and optimism of the American people will prevail.

We can see, in the courageous Pilgrims who stood on Plymouth Rock in new land, the intrepidness that lies at the core of our American spirit.  Just as the Pilgrims did, today Americans stand strong, willing to fight for their families and their futures, to uphold our values, and to confront any challenge.

This Thanksgiving, in addition to rejoicing in precious time spent with loved ones, let us find ways to serve and encourage each other in both word and deed.  We also offer a special word of thanks for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, many of whom must celebrate this holiday separated from the ones for whom they are most thankful.  As one people, we seek God’s protection, guidance, and wisdom, as we stand humbled by the abundance of our great Nation and the blessings of freedom, family, and faith.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 23, 2017, as a National Day of Thanksgiving.  I encourage all Americans to gather, in homes and places of worship, to offer a prayer of thanks to God for our many blessings.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

 

 

The Weekly Sam: Dyslexia: The Disease You Get in School

Sam Blumenfeld wrote and spoke about Dyslexia for many years.  He placed the blame on the look-say methos of reading.  Here is a link to a newsletter from 1988 on the subject:

http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/1988/BEL%2003-01%20198801.pdf