Camp Constitution’s Six Month Report for 2020
YouTube Channel: We are averaging 12,000 views a month, and have approximately 700 new subscribers. Our most popular video over the past few weeks is Rev. Steve Craft’s Color, Communism, and Common Sense class from last year’s family camp with over 1,000 views. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to visit our channel and subscribe. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA?view_as=subscriber
The Sam Blumenfeld Archive: We had over 900,000 views, 49,000 Alpha-Phonics downloaded, 9,000 Alpha-Phonics Instructions Workbook downloaded and 4,000 downloads of Sam’s other books. This is a huge increase over the first three months. http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/
Camp Constitution Radio on Podomatic: Our listenership has almost doubled over last year with 4,504 visits and 1,729 shows downloaded. https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal
Facebook Page: We have 2,800 total likes with three hundred new likes over the past six months.
Speaker’s Bureau: Prior to the middle of March, we had eight speaking engagements which included an all-day seminar in New York hosted by the Gimenez family. We hosted two videos showing of the movie Unplanned. During the lockdown, we spoke at four Open Up Massachusetts rallies. Rev. Craft, Tom Moor, Rich Howell spoke at the annual Flag Day-Second Amendment Rally in Central Massachusetts
Information Tables and Outreach: Prior to the lockdown in March, had information tables at several venues, and a first-time presence at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. During the lockdown, we had information tables at the annual Flag Day Second Amendment Rally in Massachusetts, and for the first time, we had an information table at the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Club Rally in Helen, Georgia
Camp Constitution’s Website: We are seeing a steady monthly increase with over 18,000 views from January to June. Our on-line shop is enjoying brisk sales over the past month. http://www.campconstitution.net
Camp Constitution Press: We published Sam Blumenfeld’s School-Induced Dyslexia and How It Deforms a Child’s Brain, reprinted Negroes in a Soviet America and American Negro Problems. These were Communist Party pamphlets that were reprinted by Patriot groups in the 1950s and 1960s to show how the Communists were promoting race hatred. And, we will be reprinting And Not a Shot if Fired
Camp Constitution Book Sales: We had brisk sales from our Amazon account during the lockdown raising approximately $4,000 from our Amazon and Facebook page. We also saw an increase of sales from our on-line shop. http://campconstitution.net/shop/ We continue to be blessed with book donations.
Camp Constitution Media: We videotpaped three Open Massachusetts Rally events, and the Flag Day-Second Amendment Rally. We were on hand to videotape an event in Northern Maine with Coach Dave Daubenmire, and David Author; a presentation by Stephen Coughlin, one of the nation’s top experts on Islam held in Virginia; a presentation on George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware by historian, and author Robert Allison in Greater Boston sponsored by the Sons of the Revolution, and a wreath laying ceremony in Boston to honor the victims of the Boston Massacre sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. We also videotaped several presentations which we sponsored. We continue to do live facebook videos including one in front of a Confederate monument in Marion, Virgina with over 16,000 views.
Article V Convention: A resolution in New Hampshire to rescind their state’s application was overwhelmingly passed in committee and is expected to be passed by the full House. We were interviewed on an internet show hosted by Evan Mulch to discuss the Conference of States, and we continue to educate people about the dangers of an Article V Convention especially in the wake of the civil turmoil we are experiencing.
Camp Constitution in the News: Our Christian flag lawsuit was back in the news in January and again in June: https://www.wnd.com/2020/06/bostons-fight-christian-flag-moves-appeals-court/ And, we were mentioned in several newspaper articles and Boston area TV stations due to our participation at Open Up Massachusetts Rallies.
Radio and Cable TV: During the lockdown, we were guests on numerous radio shows including the Ed Martin Movement Show with a national audience and several appearances on the Chris McCarthy Show which airs in the New Bedford, MA area.
The Lane House and Learning Center: Rev. Steve and Mrs. Edith Craft are now the resident caretakers of the Lane House and I have become the manager. Camp Constitution has already sponsored several events at the house, and will be using it on a regular basis. It will also house Sam Blumenfeld’s papers and books including some of his original manuscripts.
Camp Constitution’s 12th Annual Family Camp: We expect the largest turnout in our 12 year history.
Here are a few suggestions to help us expand our program and influence:
* Write an article for our camp blog.
* Become a donor. Donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website http://www.campconstitution.net
* Attend our annual family camp or, if you can’t attend, help sponsor a worthy young person or family.
*Sponsor a camp speaker and/or host a “What is Camp Constitution Presentation
, * Subscribe, view and share our videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA
* Keep Camp Constitution in your prayers, and pray for our nation.
Our mission statement is summed up in our motto: Honoring the Past….Teaching the Present……Preparing the Future
Thanks to all of you who help make Camp Constitution possible.
Hal Shurtleff, Director
Sam Blumenfeld’s most important work was his simplest: Alpha-Phonics Workbook. Since its publication, thousands of people have used it to teach people young and old to read. Camp Constitution has made it available as a free-donations accepted-PDF download. Here is the link http://campconstitution.net/product/alpha-phonics-workbook/
Camp Constitution’s annual famiy camp is lesss than two weeks away. Like every year, we have an excellent line-up of classes, instructors and actiivities. Here is a link to the general schedule and classes for the older campers and adults: http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020CampClassSched.pages.pdf (This does not include our Junior Camper Schedule). We are expecting an excellent turnout with many first-time attendees.
As a charitable trust, we keep our tuitions low and since our first camp in 2009, we never turned away a camper or family for lack of funds. and we hope that we won’t turn away any in 2020. Please consider a donation to help with a camper’s tution. A full tuition is $300. but we will accept donations of any size. Donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage http://www.campconstitution.net or via a check payable to Camp Constitution and send to me C/O Camp 12 March Ave. West Roxbury, MA 02132. If you have questions, please call me at (857) 498-1309
Hal Shurtleff, Director
We at Camp Constitution believe that, with all its flaws, past and present, the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the world. We salute the brave patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. At our 2017 family camp. Rich Howell gave is the best presentation on the subject of the Declaration of Independence: Please share far and wide
Happy Independence Day 2020
The Samuel Blumenfeld Archives has been an excellent resource for homeschoolers, teachers, researchers, historians and the intellectual curious. And in the wake of the school closing around the U.S. and the world, many parents are considering homeschooling, the Sam Blumenfeld Archive should prove to be a valuable resource. Here is a link to the archive: http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/
Rev. Steve Craft is Camp Constitution’s chaplain, instuctror and speaker. He is the author of several books including Morality and Freedom: America’s Dynamic Duo. He gave an impassioned speech at the 7th Annual 2nd Amendent Flag Day Rally https://www.flagday2arally.com/ He addresses the root cause of the violence, murder and mayhem around the United States.
Back in 1849, when the organized Protestants of Massachusetts
debated whether or not to support the public school movement, which was
then being heavily promoted by the Unitarians, they decided in favor of
support, but with well-expressed conditions. They wrote:
“The benefits of this system, in offering instruction to all, are so many and so great that its religious deficiencies,–especially since they can be otherwise supplied, do not seem to be a sufficient reason for abandoning it, and adopting in place of it, a system of denominational parochial schools ….
It is however a great evil to withdraw from the established system of common schools, the interest and influence of the religious part of the community. On the whole, it seems to be the wisest course, at least for the present, to do all in our power to perfect as far as it can be done, not only its intellectual, but also its moral and religious character. If after a full and faithful experiment, it should at last be seen that fidelity to the religious interests of our children forbids a further patronage of the system, we can unite with the Evangelical Christians in the establishment of private schools, in which more full doctrinal religious instruction may be possible.
But, until we are forced to this result, it seems to us desirable that the religious community do all in their power to give an opportunity for a full and fair experiment of the existing system, including not only the common schools, but also the Normal Schools and the Board of Education.”
I don’t believe that any Christian can doubt that there has been a “full
and fair experiment” of public education for the last 150 years and that its
fidelity to the religious interests of Christian children has been proven to be
decidedly negative. In fact, thousands of Christian parents, without
knowledge of what was written in 1849, have already taken their children
out of the public schools and either decided to homeschool them or place
them in Christian schools. Their responsibilities as Christian parents have
led them to make the necessary decision for the sake of their children’s
spiritual well being. But what is disturbing is that most Christians still patronize a system that is undermining the religious beliefs of their children.
One wonders what must happen before these parents realize the harm they are doing to their children by keeping them in the public schools.
The simple fact is that the present government education system has
as its foundation an anti-Christian philosophy known as secular humanism.
All one has to do is read the Humanist Manifestos I and II to confirm the
truth of this assertion. Humanist Manifesto I was written in 1933 by young
Unitarian ministers who believed that the spiritual power of orthodox
religion was in decline and should be replaced by a rational, man-centered,
nontheistic religion. They wrote:
“Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural or cosmic guarantees of human values ….Religious humanism considers the complete realization of human personality to be the end of man’s life and seeks its development and fulfillment in the here and now. .. .Religious humanism maintains that all associations and institutions exist for the fulfillment of human life. The intelligent evaluation, transformation, control, and direction of such associations and institutions with a view to the enhancement of
human life is the purpose and program of humanism. Certainly religious institutions, their ritualistic forms, ecclesiastical methods, and communal activities must be reconstituted as rapidly as experience allows, in order to function effectively in the modern world.”
Humanism is the only religion in America that has as its purpose and
program the reconstitution of the institutions, rituals, and ecclesiastical
methods of other religions. This is an overt declaration of war against
Biblical religion. Forty years later, Humanist Manifesto II states:
“As non-theists, we begin with humans not God, nature not deity. [W]e can discover no divine purpose or providence for the human species …. No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.”
In the January/February 1983 issue of The Humanist magazine, a
young scholar by the name of John J. Dunphy expressed exactly what the
aim of humanists is in education:
“I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of educational level-
preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new–the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved.”
The humanist war against Christianity is going on everyday in the classrooms of America. But the real battle is being fought in the courtrooms of the nation. In March 1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand ruled in
Smith v. Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County. Alabama that the public school curriculum was based on the tenets of secular humanism, and he thereby ordered that humanist textbooks to be removed from the
schools. Five months later this ruling was overturned by the Eleventh Circuit Court which stated that “none of these books convey a message of government approval of secular humanism.” In other words, humanists are free to teach their dogma in the public schools as long as the government does not convey a message of approval. But that is the argument used to keep Christianity out. It is said that the mere inclusion of anything Christian in a public school curriculum automatically implies government approval.
The notion that public schools are neutral when it comes to religion is belied by the strong prejudice against Christianity as openly expressed by such humanists as John Dunphy. What we have is not neutrality but warfare. Until Christians recognize that the government schools are establishments of religion, and that education is fundamentally a religious activity, we shall not be able to deal realistically with our educational crisis. The message for Christian parents must be loud and clear: putting a child in a public school violates God’s commandment as given in Deuteronomy 6 to educate a child in the love and admonition of the Lord. There is no substitute for a godly education.
In place of God, the public schools offer evolution, sex education, death education, multiculturalism, transcendental meditation, situational ethics, drug education, and other forms of humanist teachings. These are the programs that are creating the new nihilist, amoral barbarians that are devastating the lives of thousands of parents. There is hardly a Christian family that has not lost a child to the satanic culture that grows in the public school environment. If Christians wish to restore America as a nation under God, they shall have to educate their children in schools that revere Him .•
Please visit the Sam Blumenfeld Archives: http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/
Over the past two weeks, domestic terrorists or as CNN calls them “peaceful gatherers,” have been destroying statues all over the United States and Boston was no exception. The statue of Christopher Columbus located in Boston’s North End was beheaded and the face destroyed. Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh wanted to yield to the wishes of the terrorists and keep the statue down permanently until he heard from Dr. Mazzaglia and his Italian American Alliance. I recently interview Dr. Mazzaglia on Camp Constitution Radio. Links to the audio and YouTube version below:
For more information about the Italian American Alliance, please visit their website: http://www.italianamericanalliance.com
Leftists governors and mayors have long been hostile to the police, enablers of criminals and domestic terrorists like Black Lives Matter and Antifa which put the public and the police at grave risk. Governor Andrew Cuomo is no exception. Below is a letter written by Thomas Mungeer, head of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association to Cuomo:
Dear Governor Cuomo,
As president of the union that represents the uniformed men and women of the New York State Police and as a member of the boards of the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Troopers Coalition, the Police Conference of New York and the Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition – which collectively represents more than 250,000 law enforcement officers and State Troopers nationwide – I find it appalling that you have not condemned the violence directed at your New York State Troopers during the riots across the state. In fact, during your daily briefing today you repeatedly used the word “ugly” to describe recent events but did not acknowledge that the Troopers under your command have been responding to riots with unwavering loyalty to public safety.
The right to a peaceful protest is etched in the U.S. Constitution and as law enforcement officers we are sworn to uphold that concept. We are all outraged by the events that became a catalyst for where we are today, and the fact that members of the public want to peacefully protest for change is their American right.
However, what Troopers are being called upon to respond to across the state are not peaceful protests or voices of reason urging societal changes, these are violent riots taking place around the state including New York City, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and Albany, just blocks from the Executive Mansion. Peaceful protestors do not arrive with hammers and Molotov cocktails, burn police cars, smash the windows of businesses or spray graffiti on St. Patrick’s Cathedral – criminal opportunists and vandals do. Peaceful protestors do not start fires in the streets or to businesses – arsonists do. Peaceful protestors do not gather en masse to openly disregard laws, create havoc and impede on the rights of the general public – rioters do.
During this time, your New York State Troopers were detailed to New York City and the aforementioned upstate cities, helping protecting life and property of the millions of citizens who chose not to engage in the criminality of a few. Unfortunately, our top elected officials, members of the state legislature and including you, Governor, have offered zero support for us. Why haven’t you pointed out that the assaultive actions of violent protestors cause a more assertive response from law enforcers?
We are the same men and women who were placed in harm’s way and tasked to transport specimens across the state for COVID-19 testing in Albany in March when no other entity was willing to do so. We are the same dedicated state employees who were – and always are – on call and available to assist other law enforcement agencies anywhere in the state whether it be in response to terrorist attacks, a prison escape in Dannemora or rioting. We are also the same human beings who are willing to give our lives in the line of duty to our fellow New Yorkers, as evidenced by the 20 Troopers who have done so since you’ve taken office.
For fulfilling our duties to the people of the state of New York, the proud members of the New York State Troopers PBA have in return been vilified and lumped into a group who you believe doesn’t have the wherewithal to discipline themselves. Your “green light law” can result in a felony charge to a Trooper simply for providing information to a fellow law enforcement agency if requested. In addition, you have also most recently vowed to diminish the civil rights of your New York State Troopers through changes to NYS Civil Rights Law section 50a.
You continue to deploy our manpower during these riots and other periods of unrest to assist local officials and we answer the call every time. Despite a lack of respect and support, uniformed New York New York State Troopers have not protested, gone on strike or refused to go to work. We get up each and every day, proudly put on that grey uniform and serve and protect the people of the state of New York.
Governor Cuomo, now is not the time to be politically ashamed of supporting your New York State Troopers. We deserve better.
Thomas H. Mungeer
New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association