Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

The Weekly Sam: Public School Influences in Christian School and How to Eradicate Them

Sam Blumenfeld speaks to a group of Christian educators warning them of Public School influences in Christian schools gives the educators advice  on how to eradicate them:   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-07-14T18_39_08-07_00

This recording and dozens of others are available on the Sam Blumenfeld Archives.  It is a free resource.  Donations accepted.  All we ask is for an E-mail and user name:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

 

Camp Constitution’s Six-Month Report 2021

 

  Since our move to Alton, NH in December, many doors have been opened to us.  Two churches in the area have offered their building for our use, and we have taken them up on their generous offers,  and conducted events at both churches.  Our monthly column in the weekly paper ‘The Weirs Times” has made us many new friends.  Recently, while running a few errands, a lady saw me coming out of or van, and thanked me for the article I did about Independence Day.   

  YouTube and Rumble Channels: 

We are averaging 5,000 views per month and 40 new subscribers/   Our most popular video is remains “The Battle of Lexington Reenactment.”  One of our videos an interview with Jim Perloff about Covid 19 or the Chinese Communist Party Virus was taken down, and we were given a warning.  We started an account on Rumble and plan to upload our new videos on the Rumble page   https://rumble.com/account/content?type=all and encourage readers to subscribe.

 

The Sam Blumenfeld Archive:

Over ½ million views, 12,500 downloads of “Alpha-Phonics, and over 1,000 downloads of Sam’s other books.  We received word from a teacher in Zimbabwe that his school of over 300 students is using Sam’s ‘Alpha-Phonics” after finding our archive on the web.  He asked for a donation of “Phonics for Success”, and we sent him a case of the books with plans to send more.

Camp Constitution Radio on Podomatic:

We have been in the top five for the conservative category with 3,800 visits, 1825 downloads of shows and 700 plays. We interviewed author James Perloff, Kevin McGary, co-founder of Every Black Life Matters, and in addition to our radio shows, we are posting audio presentations by Sam Blumenfeld   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal 

 Facebook Page:

We continue to get new likes from our page.  We also admin about eight groups.  As mentioned in the quarterly report, we expect at some point to be banned from Facebook, so we created an account at Me We https://mewe.com/group/5e0cca3101162c26682b7278.   While social media has helped us to some extent and post, we are not dependent on social media.  We believe in getting out and meeting and networking with people.

Speaker’s Bureau:

We had twenty-five speaking engagements that we either hosted or were invited by other groups which includes events in Pittsburg, PA, Southington, CT, Berlin, NH.  We have numerous events and speaking engagements lined up for the next three months.

Camp Constitution’s Website:

We had 4,000 views for this period, and posted 78 blogs:  http://www.campconstitution.net

Camp Constitution Press:

We recently reprinted “Alpha-Phonics” and have had several printings of “Color, Communism, and Common Sense”, and “And Not a Shot if Fired.”

Camp Constitution Book Sales:                           

We have raised close to $4,000 from donated books from our Amazon, Facebook page, and on-line bookstore.   http://campconstitution.net/shop/   And the book donations keep coming our way.

Camp Constitution Media:

We videotaped the annual celebration of Evacuation Day at Boston’s Dorchester Heights.  We also videotaped presentations at the annual Second Amendment/Flag Day Rally in Auburn, MA, and our 1st Annual Memorial Day Barbecue.

Article V Convention: 

We took a role in the resounding defeat of two pro-Article V resolutions in New Hampshire, and hosted a radio debate with Robert Brown (against an Article V Convention) and New Hampshire State Rep Max Abramson https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-02-20T17_19_51-08_00 

 Camp Constitution in the News:

Our Christian flag lawsuit was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in late June and several dozen media outlets carried the story including Fox News   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlZZhRHedZ8  As a result of this news story, we were invited to speak about the issue on several radio shows-one which is nationally syndicated.   We started writing a monthly column is a Maine newspaper in January, and since, May, have a monthly column in a New Hampshire paper- “The Weirs Times.”

 

Radio and Cable TV: 

We were guests on several radio shows including several that air on Wisconsin Christian News Network, and an appearance on the Inform New Hampshire Show in Manchester, NH.  A nationally syndicated radio show scheduled us in July because of the Christian flag lawsuit.

The Lane House and Learning Center:

      We have resumed our monthly luncheons and evening meetings.  In April, we hosted presentations by Coach Dave Daubenmire, and author Jim Perlofff, and we held our 1st Annual Memorial Day Barbecue with guest speaker Barbara from Harlem.

 Camp Constitution Ladies Group:

       The Ladies held their successful “Spring Fling” event in mid- April at Singing Hills Camp and have booked a weekend on October and the Spring of 2022.

The Agenda 21 Challenge: 

     Debbie Bacigalupi created Camp Constitution’s Agenda 21 Challenge. One of the outcomes is a Podcast entitled “Truth from the Youth” with veteran campers Gus Kalis and Stephen Mauder. We have posted the Podcasts on our Podomatic Page: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-02-12T17_11_49-08_00   Debbie and her Agenda 21 Challenge members will conduct a presentation at our annual camp.

  

Camp Constitution’s 2021 Family Camp:

We are expecting out largest turnout in our history, and, as of last week, are full and cannot accept any new applications.

How you can help Camp Constitution grow:

* Keep Camp Constitution and our nation in your prayers.

* Become a donor. Monthly and/or one-time donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website http://www.campconstitution.net

* Host one of our speakers.

*  Introduce Camp Constitution to family and friends.

*Write an article for our camp blog.

Thank you for all you do in the freedom movement.   May God bless you.

Hal Shurtleff, Director
Camp Constitution

 

The Weekly Sam: The Answer to America’s Reading Problem

Camp Constitution has received a sizable inventory of Sam Blumenfeld’s “Alpha-Phonics.”  They are available from our camp store at $20. which includes shipping (in the U.S.):   http://campconstitution.net/product/alpha-phonics-by-sam-blumenfeld/

 Alpha-Phonics is an effective, step-by-step program that has taught countless homeschooled children to read, including older struggling readers, dyslexic students, and others. As a stand-alone program or supplement, Alpha-Phonics’ systematic phonetic approach will help students build a logical framework for English reading.

Students begin by learning short vowels and consonants, before moving on to consonant blends that teach final blends first, and then initial blends. Finally, students learn long vowels along with the many forms in which they occur. Moving from simple to complex through practice and drill exercises, students will build competency and skill, increasing self-confidence.

The alphabet is taught visually and orally through having children repeat the letters as the teacher points to them, as well as through the integration of kinesthetic activities. The black-and-white hand-lettered pages are designed to teach children with minimal distraction.

The front of this book contains the hand-printed lists of words, without commentary. A section with short lesson instructions (approximately 1-7 sentences) is provided for each lesson in the back. An order of lessons, list of common English spelling forms, and pre-reading alphabet exercises are also included. 180pages, softcover. Grade K & up.

 

Camp Constitution’s 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration

Last year, we held our first annual Independence Day Barbecue at the Lane House in Lexington, MA, a few blocks away from the Lexington Battle Green.  It was a good time of fun, fellowship, good food and excellent history lessons.  This year, we took the barbecue to our home in Alton, NH.  Speakers included Barbara from Harlem, motivational speaker Lillian Tang, NH State Rep Paul Terry, Professor Willie Soon, John Hugo of Super Happy Fun America, Rev. Steve Craft, and Brendan Smith, editor of “The Weirs Times.”  With  a range on our property,  some  attendees practiced  their marksmanship while others  shot a weapon for the  first time. We offered swimming and canoeing in nearby Lake Winnipesaukee but with cool temperatures and rain that let up for the barbecue, we had no takers.  The event ended with the singing of “Happy Birthday to America”, and the firing of a  repro colonial howitzer

 

An excellent time was had by all with a few telling us that is was the best Independence Day celebration they ever attended. A link to a playlist of the speeches:

 

The Weekly Sam: We Know We Have a Reading Problem by Sam Blumenfeld

Sam Blumenfeld conducted this presentation in 1986  at a homeschool convention in Illinois.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-07-05T11_41_58-07_00

Camp Constitution just received a batch of new copies of Sam’s “Alpha-Phonics.  They can be ordered from our on-line store for $20. which includes shipping and handling:

http://campconstitution.net/product/alpha-phonics-by-sam-blumenfeld/

 

 

The Declaration of Independence and the Men who Signed It.

Mrs. Wolf, my eight-grade history teacher in a Boston Public School, ensured that her students not only knew the reasons why the 13 colonies united against Great Britain, and declared their independence from Great Britain but had her students memorize a good portion of the Declaration of Independence.   They also had to know about the men who signed what could have been their death warrant if they were unsuccessful, and the sacrifices they made.

As a means of honoring the memory of those brave men and my beloved history teacher, I felt that I had an obligation to share this information. Over the years, I would help man information tables on the Boston Common with a sign that reads “Honoring the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.  How Many Can You Name?’  (This year my table will be in Alton, NH.)   Many of the people who stopped by our table were in town to attend the Boston Pops annual concert which would end with an incredible fireworks display.  Few of them could rattle off more than two or three signers, but they left the table with a copy of the Declaration with all the names of the signers.

July 2, 1776, is the day that the Second Continental Congress voted for independence and for two days, delegates debated and edited the Declaration written over a three-week period by Thomas Jefferson.  John Hancock as the President of Congress was the only delegate to sign the Declaration on July 4th.

Delegate John Adams of Massachusetts. the man who probably did more to get independence declared said this prior to the vote:

‘Sink of swim, live or die, survive of perish, I give my hand and heart for this vote…. You and I indeed may rue it.  We may not live to the time when this Declaration shall be made good.  We may die; die colonists; die slaves; die, it may be ignominiously and on the scaffold.  Be it so, be it so

“If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready…. But while I do live, let me have a country, or at least the hope of a country and that of a free country…

“Sir, before God, I believe the hour is come.  My judgement approves the measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it, and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration,  It is my living sentiment and by the blessings of God, it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence now and Independence forever.”

 

  The Lives of the Signers

One of the best books about the signers of the Declaration of Independence is   Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of American Independence by B. J. Lossing published in 1848 and reprinted by Wall Builders.  In this excellent book, we get the true historical background of the signing of the document and a brief biographical sketch of the men who signed it.  One of the most compelling facts is that not one of the signers betrayed the new nation.  Not one “flip-flopped” or became “politically correct.  When they pledged their lives and sacred honor, they meant it.  Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration, several of them and their family members died from their wounds or hardships. Five were captured and imprisoned under harsh conditions. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground, and 17 were impoverished.  And, no, none of them made these sacrifices to promote the institute of slavery.  Indeed, the Declaration of Independence helped pave the way for the ultimate abolition of slavery in the United States.

 

The New York delegates Francis Lewis, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, and Lewis Morris bared a good portion of the British brunt losing their wealth and their property destroyed.  Francis Lewis’ wife was imprisoned and died shortly after her release due to the brutal treatment she received. Philip Livingston had his businesses and home confiscated, and he died in 1778 broke and separated from his family.

Today, in some circles, the term “sacred honor” is considered a silly anachronism of a less enlightened era, and regard the signers as “dead white European males whose values must be demeaned.  However, we at Camp Constitution-staying true to our motto “Honoring the Past…Teaching the Present…Preparing the Future, along with, what I believe to be most Americans will never forget the true meaning of Independence Day.

Happy Birthday United States of America-the greatest nation in the history of the world.  May you have many more birthdays, and may its citizens never forget the brave men and woman that have helped keep our nation free.

For a free pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence with a list of the signers, please sent me an E-mail to campconstitution1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Constitution’s 13th Annual Family Camp Schedule

Camp Constitution’s 13th Annual Family Camp is just a few weeks away-Sunday July 18 to Friday July 23- and we are already at full capacity.  Our weekly schedule for daily activities and classes can be found here:  http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Camp-Constitution-Schedule-2021.pdf    The classes for the Junior Campers will be posted when it is completed.

Like every year, we have an excellent line up of instructors including two first timers historian and author Mary Grabar, and Pastor David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution.  We also have plenty of recreational activities, and an optional field trip to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in nearby Plymouth, VT.

 

 

 

 

The Earth is Not Burning Up-An Interview with Climate Historian Tony Heller

This interview of Tony Heller took place back in 2019 but in light of the recent heatwave, I thought that I would repost it.  In the interview, Mr. Heller, a climate historian, discusses the heatwaves of the 1930s and the recent record cold in Hawaii.  (A link to an audio of the interview:  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2019-02-15T13_22_50-08_00

 

 

Camp Constitution’s Legal Counsel Roger Gannam Debates the Christian Flag Lawsuit on Fox News

 

Camp Constitution’s lawsuit against the City of Boston for denying a permit to fly the Christian flag on a public access flagpole goes to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Recently, Roger Gannam. assistant vice-president of legal affairs for Liberty Counsel  who is representing Camp Constitution,  and liberal attorney Ethan Bearman appeared on the Shannon Bream’s show to discuss the case.