“Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books…Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say, ‘I’m free’…my ancestors couldn’t, I can and my children will…” Senator Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Senator Jefferson Smith never got his boys’ camp off the ground but today there is a camp for both boys and girls that tries to accomplish the spirit of that mythical camp: “To educate [boys and girls, too!] in American ideals…”
Camp Constitution is a week-long camp that trains teenagers [and their families in some cases] in the values, documents and history (the true history not the ridiculous history in leftwing history books) that made this nation great. Here is the web site and here is the FB page. The camp is just across the line in New Hampshire a beautiful Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship site called Toah Nipi. (I’d love to come up there just for the telescope nights!) They study such things as the Mayflower Compact, the true meaning of the Second Amendment, the UN (and maybe soon ICLEI, too! if a certain blogger has his way..), the sacrifices of those who fought in the Revolution, the true faith-based history of the early Republic and MORE! Makes me wish I were a teenager again!
Camp Constitution is the vision of Hal Shurtleff, long time activist and staffer of the John Birch Society. Apparently there were a number of summer camps under the aegis of the JBS until the 90s but the society decided not to continue the camps. Shurtleff took up the camp for the New England area and kept it going (it is independent of any group) through today. I spoke with Hal Thursday and he regaled me with great accounts of how he has promoted the camp throughout New England! Next week, the camp will have a table in Long Island. They just had a table at the Massachusetts HOPE Home Schoolers Convention and one of the Super Campers in 2010 was a winner in a national homeschooling mock trial competition!
It’s not too late to come to Camp Constitution! This year’s camp is July 9-15, 2011. Go to the web page to get the application and sign up!
I leave my readers with one question: Why not a Camp Constitution in Virginia? It is sorely needed and I know Hal would offer encouragement and suggestions on how to get it started. Think of the field trips we could do: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Richmond, Hanover…
Please contact me at ssanders at varight.com if you are interested.