2019 was an excellent year for Camp Constitution. Here is the annual report:
Our Family Camp: While our attendance was down slightly, we had an incredible camp this year. We had several new families attend which heard about us at homeschool shows. We had an excellent line-up of instructors including six new instructors. Actress Janine Turner’s classes were a big hit with the campers and staff. One of our new instructors was 92-year-old Bill Glenny-one of the last of the Nuremberg prison guards- who related his experiences guarding the likes of Rudolph Hess and Hermann Goring. Instructor Debbie Bacigalupi launched the Agenda 21 Challenge offering camp scholarships to campers who worked to expose Agenda 21 in their communities. She already has raised $5,000. Numerous campers took her up on the challenge and are planning projects in their communities. James Jaeger, director of the documentary “Unsustainable” filmed parts of his movie at camp with interviews of Rev. Steve Craft, Professor Willie Soon, Debbie Bacigalupi. Lord Monckton, John McManus, and me. Camp Constitution will be credited in the documentary.
YouTube Channel: We have over 1.25 million views and averaging over 500 views per day with 5,200 subscribers. Debbie Bacigalupi’ s class from last year’s camp has received close to 60,000 views.
The Sam Blumenfeld Archive: We received over 2 million hits. 100,000 Alpha-Phonics downloaded, 20,000 Alpha-Phonics Instructions Workbook downloaded and over 20,000 copies of Sam’s other books. Donations made by folks downloading has been modest but steady. We are pleased to learn that among those who download Sam’s Alpha-Phonics are teachers, and college professors. We received an incredible testimony from Shiona van Wyk, a special needs teacher in South Africa. She found the archives and started using Sam’s Alpha-Phonics with her students who have made no progress in two years. In less than two weeks, 12 of her 14 students became good readers.
Camp Constitution’s Web Site: We are averaging 2,600 views per month.
Camp Constitution Radio on Podomatic: Over the past month we have been in the top 4 and reached Number 1 for a week for the “conservative right” category which has about 180 shows. We had 3112 downloads of our radio show, and 8.000 visits for 2019. Our shows guests included Alex Newman, Dr. Duke Pesta, Barbara from Harlem, Janine Turner, Tom DeWeese, Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy, movie director James Jaeger, and climate scientists Tony Heller, and Dave Middleton
Facebook Page: We have over to 2,500 people who like our page and reach an average of 600 per week. Our live Facebook videos receive an average of 5,000 views. Our two videos at a flag raising of the Chinese Communist flag in Boston have received over 40,000 views.
Speaker’s Bureau: We had 36 speaking engagements where we conducted power point presentation on Cultural Marxism, the Sam Blumenfeld Archives, Agenda 21, the plastic bag ban, the U.S. Constitution, and the Dangers of an Article V Convention. These presentations were conducted in Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Virginia. We also sponsored five showing of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer and to showings of UnPlanned.
Information Tables and Outreach: We had information tables at dozens of events including homeschool conventions in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, the Red Pill Expo in Hartford, CT, We had floats in the Dedham, MA Flag Day Parade, the Pittsfield, MA Independence Day Parade, and the Roslindale (Boston, MA). We participated at a 1st Amendment Caravan at the University of Connecticut.
Camp Constitution Press: Thanks to one of our supporters, we reprinted Elementary Catechism on the U.S. Constitution with a foreword by Ruth Harper, and Color, Communism, and Common Sense and several other titles. Sam Blumenfeld’s School-Induced Dyslexia and How It Deforms a Child’s Brain was published in early December.
Camp Constitution Book Sales: We raised approximately $6,000 from our sale of donated books on Amazon, Facebook, and information tables. We had numerous books donated to us over the past year including over 1,000 from an estate in early September and another 1,000 in October.
Camp Constitution Media: We attended and videotaped over a dozen events including the annual Lobby Day at the Massachusetts State House hosted by the Massachusetts Family Institute, a Pro-Life press conference at the State House, a presentation on the life of Joseph Warren by historian Christian Di Spina sponsored by the Sons of the Revolution, a press conference we sponsored with Professor Willie Soon, and Joe D’Aleo, co-founder of the Weather Channel, a “Save the Persecuted Christians” Banner Display and Presentation at the Massachusetts State House, the Communist China flag-raising at Boston’s City Hall Plaza, the annual Freedom Fest in Killington, CT, the “Future of Christendom” Conference in Lancaster, PA. Mass Citizens for Life’s annual banquet with actress Stacey Dash, Norfolk County, MA Republican banquet with Barbara from Harlem and Corey Lewandowski, and the Nativity at the State House in Boston, MA.
Article V Convention: With Norman Tregenza’s help, we organized a group of people to testify in favor of a New Hampshire resolution to rescind its states Article V application. While the resolution was tabled, we got word that we have a good chance of passing it in 2020. We distributed literature on the problems of an Article V Convention at the Pennsylvania State House, and gave a presentation on the subject to a well -attended group in Virginia. We send out E-mail alerts to our supporters around the country, and both on Camp Constitution Radio and the radio shows we guest host, we interview experts on Article V including Robert Brown and Joe Wolverton. Not one state where we had “boots on the ground” had any new Article V resolutions pass.
Camp Constitution in the News: We have received more national and international media coverage in 2019 than all the years of our existence combined. In July, our legal team at Liberty Counsel filed a new lawsuit against the City of Boston due to its discrimination against flying the Christian flag. Dozens, if not hundreds ,of media outlets, newspapers, radio shows, and on-line news sources including Breitbart, the Blaze and World Net Daily covered the story. Fox TV did a story that was aired all over the United States. I was interviewed by Fox Online and appeared as a guest on the Jeff Kuhner Show which is one of the most popular talk show hosts in New England. We discovered that 15 left-wing groups have filed an amicus brief against our lawsuit Thanks to Professor Soon’s influence in the “climate realism” community, a letter to the editor I wrote on Boston’s plastic bag ban, was turned into an article and published on approximately 15 on-line sources including the Heartland Institute, CFACT and Canada Free Press. Our Agenda 21 Cable TV interview in Rutland, Vermont was covered by several media outlets.
Radio and Cable TV: In addition to our weekly radio show, with Tom Moor’s help, we guest hosted 14 radio shows, and appear as regular guests every other week on a radio station in Nashua, NH. We appeared as guests on several radio shows for the first time in Albany, NY, Fall River, Montana, and Boston, MA. We were interviewed on several cable TV and on-line shows. We had two appearances on the David Knight Show.
Camp Constitution Reading Hour: We launched Library Reading Hour and held our first reading at the Fall River, MA library where Mrs. Edith Craft, and Rev. Steve Craft did a presentation on the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving. The presentation was taped and is on our YouTube Channel.
Camp Constitution Van: Thanks to a donor, we were able to purchase a 2019 Chevrolet Mini Van replacing another donated vehicle with over 265,000 miles, Bruce Socha of Socha Signs, a Camp Constitution sponsor, did a wrap of the van which makes it a traveling billboard generating plenty of interest.
A Camp of Our Own? We have become aware of the availability of a facility and are working on a business plan to submit to the owners of this camp sometime early next year.
The Lane Learning Center: We will be hosting the Lane Learning Center in Lexington, MA with plans to start a satellite school for Freedom Project Academy and where we will house the Sam Blumenfeld Library and papers.
Camp Constitution’s 2020 Camp: Our 2020 annual family camp will be held at the Singing Hills Christian Camp in Plainfield, NH from July 19-24. I will send out a notice in a few days with details and links to our on-line application.
2020: We expect 2020 to be a busy and productive year for Camp Constitution. We have already signed up for three homeschool shows and have scheduled video presentations and an all-day seminar. Our events are posted on our Facebook page and our website.
There are too many people that help make Camp Constitution possible to thank individually in this report. But I want to thank all who have not only made our camp possible but make my full-time position as Camp Director possible.
How can you help?:
1, Pray that God will continue to bless our efforts.
2, Become a donor. Donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website http://www.campconstitution.net
3, Attend our annual family camp or, if you can’t attend, help sponsor a worthy young person or family.
4, Sponsor a camp speaker and/or host a “What is Camp Constitution Presentation
5, Subscribe, view and share our videos on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA
Hal Shurtleff, Director