2014 Constitutional Champions Camp
Rock Ledge Ranch
June 23rd to June 26th
Many of America’s youth have received little education about the birth of our country and its founding principles. According to the U.S. Department of Education, less than 25% of students tested ‘proficient’ in US history in 2010, with only 12% of high school seniors showing “solid academic performance” in US History.
Constitutional Champions Camp provides heritage-based education for up to 80 second through sixth graders, with special focus on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the early statesmen who helped create our nation’s foundations. The Camp is held at historic Rock Ledge Ranch near the east entrance to Garden Of the Gods. A Fife and Drum Corps open the Camp on the morning of June 23rd, and Camp continues through June 26th, meeting daily from 8:45-11:45 AM. In addition to the classroom instruction and crafts and games, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, James Madison and John Hancock will visit the Ranch to tell the students their stories of America. More information and registration forms can be found at http://www.912PPP.com.
Some of the Founding Principles explored with the children:
Republic vs. democracy
- Representative government
- Electoral College
- Exceptionalism in America
- Checks and balances
- Balance of power between branches of government
- Individual responsibility
- Equal opportunity vs. equal results
- Selected amendments in our Bill of Rights
Camp is committed to providing experiencesthat engage the 100+ students and bring history to life. The core principles use:
- A short lesson,
- A meaningful analogy to lend the lesson real-life applicability,
- A fun activity to help the lesson stick, and
- Meeting a Founding Father each day.
Each teaching station uses this methodology daily to educate the children, passing on a love and appreciation for America’s history, excellence, and legacy.
In our first year, 2011, almost the entire expense of renting Rock Ledge Ranch facilities, creating the curriculum, procuring supplies, and daily operation of the Camp classes was borne by volunteers and the 9-12 Pikes Peak Patriots organization. Volunteers contributed over 1,000 hours of labor and significant personal funds in this initial effort. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents and students told us we had to continue the Camp, but our completely self-funded financial model was unsustainable. In 2012 and 2013, significant personal and corporate sponsorship funds and student fees allowed us to almost cover the costs of the camp. With over 1,200 man-hours committed this year, the staff is obviously still excited about this unique opportunity to serve our children and our country!
Sponsors have provided professional printing services, donated period costuming, provided patriotic memorabilia, subsidized the rental of Rock Ledge Ranch (our major expense), donated classroom materials, provided supplies for daily snacks, and contributed certificates for sandwiches and kids meals. Several parents have made donations in addition to the fees paid for their children to assist other students.
Constitutional Champions operates under the Constitutional Champions Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization formed to meet the needs of the youth of this nation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law, and Constitutional Champions Foundation will process tax documentation for donors.
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