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 TampaBay.com, 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 TampaBay.com]:
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