Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

Camp Constitution’s Blumenfeld Archives Has Impact in Harare, Zimbabwe

Since the creation of the Sam Blumenfeld Archives several years ago,, thousands of people from all over the world but mainly in the United States, have taken advantage of this incredible resource.  In 2019, a special needs teacher in South Africa contacted told us that in only two weeks after using  Alpha-Phonics, most of her students became proficient readers.  And recently, we heard from a Mr. Godknows Matizofa of Harare, Zimbabwe:

“Blumenfeld is the best method to coach reading…. Nottingham Junior School opened its doors to the public in January 2019 to address the challenges the community was facing ranging from poverty and failure to transport their children to the nearest government schools which are 12 miles away.as a result, some children ended up staying at home so I started offering some home free lessons and when the number increased ,I decided that it should be a full time school. To fund the little requirements like chalks ,desks and some other materials ,I had to use my salary since I was still working for the government as a teacher. The enrolment increased from 6 students to the current one of 350. The school now has 10 teachers including me. These teachers get their salaries from the paltry fees that our students pay. The fees is $11 per month . The amount is too little to cater for the students needs and also to adequately cater for the teachers . We currently have been relying on ebooks for reading, of which to the students its a big challenge since most of them do not afford to have ICT gadgets like phones or tablets to read the books. Some students fail to even pay that little amount. I have mentioned some of the challenges we are facing , We are most welcome to any form of assistance that you may offer us. Feel free too ask anything .

Thank you in advance.

Yours Truly

Godknows Matizirofa

We donated a case of Sam Blumenfeld’s Phonics for Success, and plan to send them more. They need another 120 copies.  The cost of shipping a case of 25 books is $111.oo.  The books cost us $5.00.  If you would like to donate to this project, you can do so via our PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage:  http://www.campconstitution.net   Here is a video of one of the teachers  at the school using Sam’s “Alpha-Phonics to teach these precious children the proper way to learn how to read:



Does the 2nd Amendment Give Us a Right to Keep and Bear Arms

   Supporters of the right to keep and bear arms will often say that they have a “2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms” or a “constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”  But they would be wrong.  The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution did not give Americans the right to keep and bear arms.  That right already existed.  The 2nd Amendment which was adopted on December 15, 1791 simple restricted Congress from passing gun control laws:

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

   Supporters  of giving government agents a monopoly on firearms ownership argue that the 2nd Amendment only applies to members of the militia and not to the American people in general, but even if that were true, Americans would still have the right to keep and bear arms without the 2nd Amendment.

 What does New Hampshire’s Constitution which predated the U.S. Constitution read?  In its Bill of Rights, we read the following:

[Art.] 2. [Natural Rights.] All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.
June 2, 1784,
Amended 1974 adding sentence to prohibit discrimination.

[Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.

The God-given right to self-defense is clearly enshrined in both the US and New Hampshire  Constitutions, and not only do the citizen of New Hampshire have the right to keep and bear arms, they have the right to defend life and liberty, and that doesn’t mean calling 911 and hiding under the bed or running out the door.

Let us look at a few other state constitutions:

Massachusetts which is the oldest extant constitution in the world:


A Declaration of the Rights of the Inhabitants of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Article I.  All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights; among which may be reckoned the right of enjoying and defending their lives and liberties; that of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property; in fine, that of seeking and obtaining their safety and happiness

 Article 17:  The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defense. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

Maine, which had the good sense to break away from Massachusetts in 1820:

Section 16.  To keep and bear arms.  Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.

And Hawaii our 50th state which lifted their wording from the U.S. Constitution:

Article I, § 17 of the Hawaii Constitution states: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

 Over the years, thanks to ill-informed voters, who have a tendency to elect  people to office that habitually violate their oaths to both violate the U.S and state constitutions, the right to keep and bear arms is under attack.  Thankfully, many states have passed strong laws protecting that right including Maine and New Hampshire.

A Tale of two states:

Until December of last year, I was a life-long resident of Boston. MA.  Last May, I applied to renew my long-lapsed firearms ID card. I was told that I had to be put on a list.  We moved to New Hampshire in December and in mid-January my son and, I went to the New Hampshire’s Registry of Motor Vehicles to get our NH state issued drivers licenses.  Our first stop after getting our drivers licenses was a local gun shop where we purchased a few rifles and handguns.  It took less than 20 minutes to fill out the forms and get the instant check.  In mid-March I received an E-mail from the Boston Police informing me that I can now apply for a gun permit.  All I needed to do was take a firearms safety course, get fingerprinted and give them $100. to exercise a God given right.  I told them that I no longer lived in Boston.

I recommend that readers join and /or support groups that support the right to keep and bear arms.   I am still offering free pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution  My E-mail is campconstitution1@gmail.com

(Rev. Steve Craft at last years Flag Day Rally Auburn, MA)

The Weekly Sam: Exposing the NEA-An Interview of Sam Blumenfeld


Sam dedicated his life to literacy and exposing the deliberately dumbing down of America.  He wrote The NEA:  Trojan Horse in American Education in 1984.  Here is a radio interview he did shortly after the book was published.  Here is the link:https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-04-27T18_31_26-07_00

Camp Constitution hosts Sam’s archives:   http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/   We make this  resource free to the public but  appreciate donations to help maintain and promote the archives.  To help support our work, please consider a making a donation which can be made  via our PayPal account  which is accessed from our website’s homepage http://www.campconstitution.net


Graveside Memorial Service for Pastor Garrett Lear “The Patriot Pastor”

On Monday April 19– Patriots Day –in the birthplace of Pastor Garrett Lear–Lexington, MA–a graveside memorial service was held for our late friend and Camp instructor.  It was presided over by Richard Howell, historian and Camp Constitution instructor.  His widow, Cathy was presented a flag by the Henry Knox Color Guard of the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution, once led by Pastor Lear


The Weekly Sam: Exposing the National Education Association Press Conference

Sam Blumenfeld, author and homeschool pioneer, conducted this press conference at Bob Jones University in the early 1980s.  In this timeless, press conference, Sam talks about the agenda of this anti-American organization and its evil influence on education and children in government schools.   A link a MP3 version of the conference:  https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-04-15T16_56_08-07_00


Can Men Get Pregnant and Is the Covid 19 Vaccine Safe? Trust the Science

If one goes to Google and ask the questions “Can Men Get Pregnant and Is the Covid 19 Vaccine Safe ?”, you will get a yes answer to both.  Mark Affleck, Camp Constitution’s camp newspaper editor, put together this flyer pointing out how fraudulent that so called “fact checkers” are. Mark did two screen shots which read:

 Common Question

    Is the Covid-19 vaccine safe?

     COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.  Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. History.  CDC recommends you get a COVID-19 vaccine as you are eligible.  

   Can men get pregnant?

    Yes, it’s possible for men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own.

And the Left calls us “anti-science.”

A link to a PDF version of the flyer  http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Fact-Checker-Flyer.pdf


The Weekly Sam: The National Education and the Moral Decline of America

Sam Blumenfeld was perhaps the nation’s top critic of the National Education Association.  He authored The NEA:  Trojan Horse in American Education, an expose of this group whose leaders are promoting a radical, anti-American agenda.  A link to a PDF version of the book:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

And a link to an audio presentation on the subject:



Get Out of Here You Nazis-Polish Pastor of a Canadian Church Tells Police

Last week during a service in a church in Calgary, Canada, a group of police with a health official responded to a complaint that this church was not Covid compliant.  Pastor Artur Pawlowski, originally from Poland who grew up under a communist regime wasn’t going to let police interrupt his service.  He told the police and city official, in no uncertain terms, to leave immediately.  They did.  Here is a link to the incident:




Camp Constitution’s Report for First Quarter 2021 by Hal Shurtleff, Director Camp Constitution


Camp Constitution’s Report for First Quarter 2021 by Hal Shurtleff, Director Camp Constitution

Our move from Boston, MA to Alton, NH took some time from our Camp Constitution activities, but since moving here, we have made many inroads with local Patriots resulting in speaking engagements, the use of several venues for Camp Constitution, and new attendees for our 2021 camp.  When I lived in Boston, occasionally someone would come up to me while I was in the Camp Constitution Van and inquire about us, but up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire,  I get several a week. They always leave with a few camp pamphlets, and a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution.  Recently, a lady asked to take a picture of the van, and a clerk in the Alton post office saw our mailing label and said that after seeing the van, he checked out the website.  The editor of a local paper “The Weirs Times” https://weirs.com/ published  an article that I wrote, and ran our family camp ad free of charge, and said that he would gladly run future articles.

YouTube and Rumble Channels:  We are averaging 5,000 views per month on YouTube.  Our most popular video is “The Battle of Lexington Reenactment.” Our views have been down over last year. This may be due to YouTube’s “shadow banning” of our videos. YouTube has deactivated many of the channels of Patriotic organizations and we expect that YouTube will eventually ban us. As a result, we created a page on Rumble: https://rumble.com/account/content?type=all and encourage readers to subscribe. And while we are on YouTube, we encourage readers to also subscribe: Camp Constitution – YouTube


The Sam Blumenfeld Archive:  300,000 views this quarter with 7,000 PDFs of Sam’s Alpha-Phonics downloaded, over 3,000 copies of  the Alpha-Phonics instructions, and 800 downloads of other books.     http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

Recently, Cathy Duffy, a friend of the late Sam Blumenfeld, and author, wrote a review of the Archives:   Blumenfeld’s Alpha-Phonics (cathyduffyreviews.com)


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:  While we maintain a Facebook page for Camp Constitution, and other pages and groups, Facebook had deleted my account for a month. Like YouTube, we expect Facebook to eventually delete our account.  As a result, we created pages on MeWe https://mewe.com/group/5e0cca3101162c26682b7278.

Speaker’s Bureau:  We had eight speaking engagements in the first quarter.

Camp Constitution’s Website: We had 11,000 views for the first quarter, and posted 40 blogs:  http://www.campconstitution.net

Camp Constitution Press: We are experiencing a steady demand for Color, Communist and Common Sense, and And Not a Shot is Fired. We have been promoting our publishing arm to several national conservative leaders.

Camp Constitution Book Sales:                           

We have raised close to $2,000 from donated books from our Amazon, Facebook page, and on-line bookstore.   http://campconstitution.net/shop/

Camp Constitution Media:   While the unconstitutional lockdown has forced many organizations to cancel their events, we have resumed our Greater Boston Friends of Camp Constitution monthly luncheons and videotaped and uploaded several of the programs. We videotaped the annual celebration of Evacuation Day at Boston’s Dorchester Heights.

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, as we expected, rejected by the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals and will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. https://lc.org/newsroom/details/012221-next-step-for-christian-flag-us-supreme-court-1

Radio and Cable TV:   We were guests on several radio shows including Wisconsin Christian News Network, and an appearance on the Inform New Hampshire Show in Manchester, NH

The Lane House and Learning Center: We resumed out monthly meeting and potluck and, as mentioned above, our monthly luncheons. We are in the process of organizing the library of over 3,000 books and cataloging the 10 filing cabinets of the works of Sam Blumenfeld. A Mr. Rouvain Bension of Brookline, MA reached out to us and offered to help organize an inner-city literacy program. We are in the process of staring such a program using Sam’s Alpha-Phonics

 Camp Constitution Ladies Group:  The Ladies have planned a “Spring Fling” Retreat later this month and have held meetings at the Lane House over the past few months.

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

   Camp Constitution’s 2021 Family Camp:

We are taking applications for our 2021 family camp, and like last year, are offering an “Early Bird” discount of $50. per fee if we receive the registration by June 1. Applications can be downloaded from our site: http://campconstitution.net/camp-registration/

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.

* Attend our annual family camp or help a worthy young person or family attend.

* Introduce Camp Constitution to family and friends.

*Write an article for our camp blog.

I have been the full-time director since February of 2017 and it wouldn’t have been possible without the Blessing of God, and people like you that have made my position possible,  I want to express my gratitude to each and everyone of you.  May God bless you and yours in these troubling and challenging times.

Hal Shurtleff, Director
Camp Constitution