Camp Constitution’s 15th Annual Family Camp YouTube Playlist

Our videographer Mert Melfa does an incredible job videotaping the classes and activities at our annual family camps.  He uploads them to both our Rumble and YouTube channels.  Last week, he uploaded our videos to our YouTube channel.  Here is a link to the playlist:

This playlist contains 27 videos which include classes by Professor Willie Soon, Pastor David Whitney, Mrs. Catherine White, Attorney Jonathan Alexandre, Rev. Steve Craft, Alex Newman, Michael King, Karen Testerman, Norman Tregenza, and General John Stark reenactor Richard Wright.   Please subscribe and share these videos far and wide.

 

Camp Constitution’s Float Wins 1st Place in the Alton, NH Old Home Week Parade

Camp Constitution’s float in the annual Alton, NH’s Old Home Week Parade won first place.  Over the years, Camp Constitution has had floats in Dedham, MA’s Flag Day Parade, Roslindale Day Parade (Boston, MA), and the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston.  This was our second year in the Alton Parade.  In addition to the float, Camp Constitution hands out pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence to parade spectators.  In today’s parade, we handed out over 300.  Like, every other parade, our float and presence at the parades are well-received by parade spectators.  The award included a trophy and $150. prize.

Special thanks to Michael and Paulie Heath, Maura Shurtleff, Steve Wanager and his dog Gracie.

 

 

The Christian Flag Project

Mr. Scott Newman of the Christian Flag project contacted us after learning of our Christian flag raising in Boston last week.  He told us of his and his organization’s goal to get one million Christian flags raised around the United Stated by September 26.

 Here is the interview we did with Scott on Catching Fire News:

https://catchingfire.news/2022/08/08/the-christian-flag-project/

From the Christian Flag Project’s website:

Join Us

The Christian Flag Project was formed to have at least 1 million flags flying by Sept 26th by Christians across America on their homes and businesses. We passionately move towards this goal with each flag hoisted bravely in our communities.

Join in our passionate mission to achieve our 1 million+ Christian flags flying together boldly as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It’s easy to join in the movement without leaving your home.

How To Participate

1) Plant a flag in your community by flying your Christian Flag on your home or business

2) Post your Christian Flag flying on social with #ChristianFlagProject so we can add your community to our map

3) If you don’t have a Christian Flag, order the Official Flag Project Flag .

WHY SEPTEMBER 26TH?

Spreading awareness of the Christian Flag by Celebrating its beginning


The story goes that the Christian flag dates back to an impromptu speech given by a Charles C. Overton, a Sunday school administrator at Brighton Chapel in Brooklyn, New York, on September 26, 1897. Since the guest speaker didn’t show, Overton had to step in.

While noticing the American flag near the podium, he starting talking about flags and their symbolism. The concept was born when Overton proposed that Christians should have their own flag, and it continued to stay on his mind for years to come after the speech. 

Eventuallly, in 1907, Overton teamed up with Ralph Diffendorfer, an officer with the Methodist Missionary Movement, to help in creating the flag.

It’s interesting to note that the colors on the flag match those on the American flag. White represents purity and peace, blue indicates fidelity, and red stands for Christ’s blood sacrifice.

The Christian flag is regularly displayed outside of buildings, churches, and in classrooms, but few realize its important history and significance dating back over a century.

 

The Weekly Sam: A Documentary on America’s Reading Problem

This is a letter Sam sent to Mr. Wayne Thompson of Cloud Ten Pictures.    While he never got a reply, there was a documentary entitled Indoctrination   http://www.indoctrinationmovie.com/   which Sam appeared.

SA M U E L L. B L U M E N F E L D
161 Great Road Littleton, MA 01460 978-952-2445
slblu123@verizon.net
April 2, 2010

Wayne Thompson
Vice President, Cloud Ten Pictures
PO Box 1440
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Dear Mr. Thompson,

I am the author of ten books on education, with a main interest in the issue of literacy and
how schools teach reading to make it impossible for many children to learn to read.
We have had a reading problem in this country and Canada ever since the 1930s when the
public schools changed the way reading is taught. They discarded the time-tested
alphabetic-phonics method and imposed a new sight-word or whole-word method that
teaches children to read English as if it were Chinese.

Americans first became aware of this problem in 1955 when Dr. Rudolf Flesch wrote his
famous book, Why Johnny Can’t Read. In that book he told parents and educators that
when you impose an ideological reading program on an alphabetic system you get
dyslexia and reading disability.

In my various writings I have shown why progressive educators decided to impose this
faulty teaching method on the public schools of North America. It had nothing to do
with enhancing literacy. Its aim was to destroy independent intelligence and turn the
children into little socialists. In 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts released an
alarmingv8b7y report on America’s declining literacy, Reading at Risk. The
Endowment’s chairman, Dana Gioia, stated: “This is a massive social problem. We are
losing the majority of the new generation. They will not achieve anything close to their
potential because of poor reading.”

A hard-hitting documentary film exposing this socialist plan to destroy literacy ought to
be made. When millions of children are unable to read the word of God, they become
the victims of any despotic power that hates God. I wish I had the means to make such a
film. But I do not. And that is why I am writing you. Your interest in the health of
children should make you angry at the thought that millions of children are being
deliberately dumbed down and turned into functional illiterates in order to serve the
purposes of atheist socialists. If such a project interests you, please let me know.

Sincerely yours,

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Christian Flag Raising Symbolizes Freedom From Viewpoint Discrimination in Boston

The following is a news release from Liberty Counsel:

Aug 4, 2022

BOSTON, MA – After five years of litigation and a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Christian flag finally flew on the Boston City Hall Plaza public forum flagpole yesterday as an enthusiastic crowd cheered to celebrate the first day free of unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.
In Shurtleff v. City of Boston, Liberty Counsel represents Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution. Shurtleff and Camp Constitution first asked the city in 2017 for a permit to raise the Christian flag on the “public forum” Boston City Hall flagpole to commemorate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17) and the civic and cultural contributions of the Christian community to the city of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, religious tolerance, the Rule of Law and the U.S. Constitution.  For 12 years, from 2005 to 2017, Boston approved 284 flag raisings by private organizations with no denials on the flagpoles that it designated a “public forum.” However, the city official denied Camp Constitution’s application in 2017 to fly the Christian flag on Constitution Day.
Yesterday’s historic ceremony included Shurtleff and Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver raising the Christian flag together on the flagpole in Boston City Hall Plaza. Speakers included Shurtleff, Staver, Liberty Counsel Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Harry Mihet, and Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs Jonathan Alexandre.

During the ceremony Shurtleff said, “Back in 2017, we wanted to have a simple ceremony to commemorate the Constitution Day and Boston’s rich Christian history. The speakers we had planned for that event are here today. I want to thank you, a special thanks to Liberty Counsel, and I want to give the glory to God…We have a great Constitution, and we have a wonderful First Amendment. But just like when it comes to muscles, it you don’t use it, you get weak. When I got the rejection email from the city, and it said separation for church and state, I knew we had a case.”

Staver said, “For 12 years prior to 2017, and for five years from 2017 to 2022, up until August 3, your viewpoint was excluded from this flagpole public forum. Every viewpoint was permissible to go on this public forum flagpole except a Christian viewpoint. You were excluded for 12 years before this issue began. For 12 years there were 284 applications, not a single denial, virtually no review and the only reason why Camp Constitution’s request to fly this flag was denied was not because of the flag itself. It was Hal Shurtleff’s view of that flag. It was because of one word in the application––the word ‘Christian’ that preceded the word ‘flag.’ He was told by the city official that if he changed the name of the flag to a non-religious name on the application, that flag could have flown in 2017 if Hal would have lied and called it the Camp Constitution flag. This is not the Camp Constitution flag. It is the Christian flag.”

After Staver argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court on January 18, 2022, the High Court ruled 9-0 on May 2 that the city of Boston violated the Constitution by censoring a private flag in a public forum open to “all applicants” merely because the application referred to it as a “Christian flag.” The High Court stated that it is not government speech, and because the government admitted it censored the flag because it was referred to as a Christian flag on the application, the censorship was viewpoint discrimination, and there is no Establishment Clause defense.

With Justice Breyer writing the opinion, the High Court wrote that “Boston did not make the raising and flying of private groups’ flags a form of government speech. That means, in turn, that Boston’s refusal to let Shurtleff and Camp Constitution raise their flag based on its religious viewpoint ‘abridg[ed]’ their ‘freedom of speech.’”

In addition, the Court wrote, “Here, Boston concedes that it denied Shurtleff ’s request solely because the Christian flag he asked to raise ‘promot[ed] a specific religion.’ App. to Pet. for Cert. 155a (quoting Rooney deposition). Under our precedents, and in view of our government-speech holding here, that refusal discriminated based on religious viewpoint and violated the Free Speech Clause” (emphasis added).

During yesterday’s event, Staver also said, “When I argued this case on January 18, I realized that the city was in deep trouble when Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan asked the city attorney arguing the case ‘why did you not settle this case?’ I knew we had a big win.”
Mihet, who is originally from Romania, said yesterday, “Today is a great day for the city of Boston, for the Christian community in the city of Boston, for freedom itself and for the Constitution. The raising of this Christian flag today symbolizes the fact that the Christian community, the community of faith, across this whole country are not constitutional orphans. They are full heirs to the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and free exercise of religion along with every other American.”
“Having grown up in communist Romania, having witnessed a government that was determined to stamp out religious expression from the public square at all costs, my friends, we need to do everything and anything in our power to make sure that free speech and free exercise of religion always remains free and protected in this great land of ours,” said Mihet.
After the speakers concluded, Alexandre led the crowd in song with a powerful presentation of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The entire ceremony can be viewed here.
For more information on the case, visit www.LC.org/flag.
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The Weekly Sam: The Benefits of Cursive Writing

The Benefits of Cursive Writing By Sam Blumenfeld

The teaching of handwriting has a low priority among educators these days. They believe that handwriting is passe and that in the future everyone will be using worn processors to do their writing. But have you noticed how easy it is to make errors when writing an email? Parents can be quite confused by the subject of handwriting. So whenever I lecture at a homeschool convention, I always ask by a show of hands if parents think that handwriting should be formally taught. Usually, the response is unanimously positive. -So you agree that teaching your child to write is an important part of your homeschooling curriculum. The next question I raise is: -If you believe that handwriting should be formally taught. do you believe that your child should be taught manuscript – also known as ‘ball and-stick’ – first or cursive first?  Most parents assume that ball-and-stick should precede cursive, because that’s the way they were taught in school. Besides, it is supposed to be easier that way. But then I tell them that when I was in primary school in the 1930s, like their grandparents, we were all taught cursive handwriting, or what was then known as “penmanship, · using pens dipped in real ink.

That was before ballpoint pens were invented. We were actually taught in the first grade that there was a correct way to hold a pen so that we would be able write with ease and facility without tiring. Thus, in those ancient days, an important part of the primary curriculum was the development of good handwriting, and we were given plenty of drill to make that possible. This surprises most parents who assume that print script always preceded cursive writing. But when I tell them otherwise, I then have to explain why cursive should precede print script and not vice versa. If you teach a child to print for the first two years, that child develops writing habits that will become permanent. Thus, when you try to get your child to switch to cursive in the third grade, you will find resistance to learning a whole new way of writing.

That child may continue to print for the rest of his or her life. Some children develop a hybrid handwriting consisting of a mixture of both print and cursive. That seems to have become the dominant form of writing in America. And there are those children who develop a good cursive handwriting because they have always wanted to and practiced it secretly on the side. Thus, experience dearly indicates that if you teach ball-and-stick first, your child may never develop a decent cursive handwriting, while if you teach cursive first, your child can always learn to print very nicely later on. In other words, cursive first and print later makes good developmental sense. An important and frequently overlooked benefit is that cursive helps a child learn to read. With ball-and-stick it is very easy to confuse b’s and d’s. But with cursive, a b starts like an I, and a d starts like an a. The distinction that children make in writing the letters in cursive carries over to the reading process. In addition, in writing print script, the letter’s may be all over the page, sometimes written from left to right and from right to left. In cursive, where all of the letters connect. the child learns directional discipline. This helps in learning to spell, for how the letters join with one another creates habits of hand movement that automatically aid the spelling process. Of course, your child should also be taught to print. That can easily be done after your child has developed a good cursive handwriting. Another important benefit of cursive first is if your child is left-handed. A right-handed individual tilts the paper counterclockwise in order to give one’s handwriting the proper slant. With the left-handed child, the paper must be tilted in an extreme clockwise position so that the child can write from the bottom up. If the paper is not tilted clockwise, the left-handed child may want to use the hook. form of writing. This usually happens when the child is taught ball-and-stick first with the paper in a straight up position. If you consider good handwriting or fine penmanship a desired outcome of your home teaching, then you must teach cursive first. There are a number of good cursive programs available on the market. The Abeka program from Pensacola Christian College is probably one of the best available. I am often asked if Italic is a good way of teaching a child to write. Italic script is more in the class of calligraphy than handwriting, and therefore takes longer to learn and requires more skill than a standard cursive handwriting. So, simply learn this simple principle: cursive first. print later.

(Sam developed a cursive writing program and is available on the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:   http://campconstitution.net/blumenfelds-writing-tutor/

 

Camp Constitution’s 14th Annual Family Camp

Camp Constitution’s 14th Annual Family Camp concluded last Friday (July 22). The camp was held, for the third year in a row, at the Singing Hills Christian Camp in Plainfield, NH. On Sunday July 17, the first day of camp, attendees were visited by General John Stark depicted by reenactor Richard Wright of Troy, NH.

Senior campers, and adults attended classes taught by world renowned astrophysicist Professor Wille Soon, journalist and author Alex Newman, who hosts a daily show on Frank Speech, Rev, Steven Craft, Liberty Counsel attorney Jonathan Alexandre, Catherine White of the Constitution Decoded, and Pastor David Whitney of the Institution on the Constitution just to name a few.  All the classes were videotaped and are available on Camp Constitution’s Rumble page:  https://rumble.com/account/content?type=all

(Attorney Jonathan Alexandre)

The Junior campers were divided into two groups 4-8 years old taught by Mrs. Edith Craft, and ages 9-12 taught by Mrs. Roberta Steward and Mrs. Kathy Mickel who also serves as the camp nurse.  Mrs. Bonnie Wilder of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave the Junior campers lessons on U.S. History. The Juniors were entertained by Alan Belanger, a professional clown and juggler who made creative balloons for the campers.

Each day started out with an optional swim and/or run led by Mrs. Erin and Mr. Sean McDermott of Revolution Fitness. Daily morning devotions and flag raising started each day at 7:50 AM where campers, and staff heard Reveille played by Franklin Soon. On Wednesday afternoon, some campers and staff took advantage of the optional field trip to the nearby Augustus Saint-Gaudens Homestead. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in marksmanship classes.

(Augustus Saint-Gaudens Homestead Cornish, NH)

This year’s Super Campers were first-time camper Skyler Ferrell and veteran camper Franklin Soon, and Mrs. Kathy Mickel was voted Super Staffer.

 

A testimonial from a first-time attendee. Mrs. Sara Stanizeski Pennella:

“It is hard to find the right words for this week. Quite possibly one of the hardest weeks while simultaneously being one of the best. God finds ways to challenge you to be better, even if those ways are wildly uncomfortable, physically, mentally, and emotionally. But to wrap it up in a sparkly bow as a gift with friends you can ugly cry in front of, grow in front of, learn with, build memories and connections with is the ultimate end result. What our children (and adults!) learned was state of the art with world renowned experts in a wide variety of fields to help us understand our great nation’s constitution. From law, to science, to history, the richness of the content couldn’t be paralleled even in a semester at top universities.

So incredibly grateful to be able to share this experience with my children and our homeschool crew. God really has his hand on Camp Constitution and their incredible founder and staff. Thank you to Nicole Poisson Chu for rallying us all to go!!! We will definitely be back, just maybe with more towels, Lysol and an air mattress.”

And from another first tine attendee Mrs. Rachel Nelson:

“Last week Spencer and I attended Camp Constitution in NH. Our American history lover passed up a week of soccer camp for this experience! We went with 6 other homeschool families from our area and joined others from around the country.

Our days were packed with classes, fellowship, swimming, sports, off-site field trips, a few meals out, and nightly bonfires. Spencer sang at the fires, performed in 2 skits, and I recited Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow while standing on a picnic table. A military veteran brought along two full sized cannons and one of the afternoons we shot them off along the hillside! Such excitement! Spencer came home with an assortment of real Civil War bullets and authentic cannonball after a stop at a local antique shop. We ended our last day with an unexpected trip to the American Precision Museum and a second visit to the Cornish Bridge (which Lafayette crossed in 1825!!) after locking ourselves out of the condo. Ha! Truly an amazing week alongside wonderful friends, and an experience we hope to enjoy again next year.”

Mark your calendars for next year’s camp which will run from July 16-21, 2023, at Singing Hills

 

 

 

Action needed to Preserve the Constitution

Members of Congress have introduced a resolution to call an Article V Constitutional Convention, or Con-Con. If enacted, this would decimate the Constitution and the God-given individual liberties that it protects. Deceptively, the resolution aggregates old, rescinded, and unrelated state legislative applications to Congress for a convention.

House Concurrent Resolution 101 (H.Con.Res.101) is sponsored by Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) and cosponsored by Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.). If passed by the House and Senate, it would call “a Convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States,” and require Congress to “set the date and place for the Convention to occur” within 180 days after the U.S. Archivist certifies that at least 34 states have applied for a Con-Con.

Importantly, H.Con.Res.101 deceptively reaches the 34-state threshold for calling a convention by aggregating “Balanced Budget Amendment” (BBA) applications with unrelated — and in many cases, centuries-old — applications for a plenary convention. The resolution states:

Whereas congressional and State records of purported plenary applications for amendments on any subject and applications for single subject Fiscal Responsibility Amendments compiled by the Article V Library list 42 total applications over time, 39 active applications in 1979, 40 active applications in 1983, and at least 34 active applications in many years thereafter[.]

Read more here: https://jbs.org/alert/stop-con-con-aggregation-scheme-in-congress-h-con-res-101/

Prior Warning here: https://thenewamerican.com/new-aggressive-scheme-exposes-article-v-convention-lobby/

Camp Constitution 2022 Pictures and Newspapers

Pictures from last weeks camp have been added to the camp archives. You can navigate there from the homepage by hovering over the “Camp Items” menu and selecting “Camp Pictures”. There you will find pictures for all the camps from 2009 though 2022. Of course, photos are much more readily available today with practically everyone having a cell phone capable of taking hi resolution photos, but that was not always the case. As such, you will find less photos in some of the older collections. Alternatively, you can click here to visit the Archive. If you run a slideshow and find that the images are too large for your screen resolution, there is a control that has arrows pointing to the lower left and upper right. If you click that, the images will be shown in a 1:1 format that should fit the browser screen. You may down load any of the images in original hi resolution.

Also, the camp newspapers have been uploaded. You can navigate there from the homepage by hovering over the “Camp Items” menu and selecting “Camp Archive”. Once there, select “Camp Journal Archives”. There you will find all the newspapers I could obtain from 2009 through 2022. I also have uploaded the old camp schedules as well. If anyone has hard copies of missing items, please let me or Hal know as we would love to preserve them and upload them to the archive. Alternatively, you can click here to visit the Journal Archive.

Take the Camp Constitution Entry Quiz Challenge

Since our first camp in 2009, our program director and co-founder Mrs. Ruth Harper, a retired teacher drives from Grand Rapids, Michigan to New Hampshire.  One of her tasks is to administer campers the entry quiz.  Since last year, we decided to have the campers take the quiz on an optional basis prior to camp. This is a link to Mrs. Harper’s 2022 Quiz: https://campconstitution.net/files/2022/2002%20Camp%20Constitution%20Test.pdf

Challenge yourself and take the quiz.   Correct it yourself or E-mail it to me and Mrs. Harper will grade it after camp.

A special thanks to Mrs. Harper for helping to make Camp Constitution possible.