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The Tea Party Summer Camp

By Madeline Holler |

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Why let kids fritter away the summer when liberty is at stake?

I got your summer camp gap solution right here, Carolyn. Sure, it’s only a week — and, OK, only in the mornings — but it’s fun, affordable and will develop a love of God, country and Constitution in a way that no liberal fact-lover like yourself ever could.

I’m talking about Tea Party camp.

Tampa Liberty School, organized by the Tampa 912 project, an organization of conservatives identifying with the Tea Party movement. Goals of the Tampa Liberty School, according to the, are to help kids kids 8 to 12 understand that “America is good,” “I believe in God,” and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.”

Like Vacation Bible School only with less about giving and more about hoarding gold bar!

Conservative and writer Jeff Lukens is running the camp along with a staff of volunteers. He says he wants to camp to teach kids what they maybe aren’t learning about the nation.

For example [from]:


Children will win hard, wrapped candies to use as currency for a store, symbolizing the gold standard. On the second day, the “banker” will issue paper money instead. Over time, students will realize their paper money buys less and less, while the candies retain their value.

“Some of the kids will fall for it,” Lukens said. “Others kids will wise up.”

Another example: Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World).

Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility.

Still another example: Children will blow bubbles from a single container of soapy solution, and then pop each other’s bubbles with squirt guns in an arrangement that mimics socialism. They are to count how many bubbles they pop. Then they will work with individual bottles of solution and pop their own bubbles.

“What they will find out is that you can do a lot more with individual freedom,” Lukens said.


Early this week, four were signed up. There are spots for 40 and the price for registration is only $15. Well, $15 and the hope that your kid might recognize a botched retelling of American history when she hears it.

Photo: stevedolo via flickr

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Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “The Tea Party Summer Camp

  1. goddess says:


  2. Shandeigh says:

    Great idea!

  3. Allison Zapata says:


  4. Amanda says:

    Your post is beyond snarky. This camp wouldn’t really be my style, but trying to teach kids about economics and history certainly isn’t a bad thing. The recent Dept. of Education tests that were released show just how well the liberal education establsihment is doing when it comes to teaching our children American history. And liberals aren’t always in love with the facts, that’s for sure. President Obama’s refusal to change course on economic strategy in the face of the complete failure of his massive Keynesian-style stimulus package proves that.

  5. Becky says:

    What child, when offered a “gold standard” candy, won’t immediately unwrap and eat it?

  6. Bunnytwenty says:

    …and any enterprising kid could foil the entire system by bringing in a bag of their own candy. Not a very good lesson!

  7. Gwyn says:

    Seriously, most summer camps and nearly all government sponsored tax payer funded public education have a liberal slant (and I’m not a liberal hating person, I just acknowledge that MOST public school teachers are liberally leaning political people, as are many book and text book writers.) So there is nothing wrong with being OBVIOUS about what the camp intends to teach.

  8. anna ~ says:

    for a moment i thought i was reading the onion…

  9. kelksyt says:

    It’s a great idea considering they already use a botched, hand-picked history and social studies curriculum in schools that doesn’t teach history as it happened, but as liberal book publishers want it to be remembered. It’s like anyone’s take on an experience, they have their own opinion of how things went down, so no matter how neutral a journalist/writer/educator tries to be, there delivery is and will always still be slightly slanted. I think its a great idea and a much better use of the summer months than just riding bikes and going to the pool. After all, summer learning loss is a very real and legitimate thing that happens to most of America’s students each year. No wonder teacher’s have their hands full…

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