Do you know what your children are doing this summer? If you haven’t already made plans and act quickly, you may be able to secure a spot for them at Tampa 912 Project’s Tea Party camp, or as they’re calling it, the Tampa Liberty School. The weeklong program will introduce kids aged 8-12 to such principles as “The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me” 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.”
So, if your children have grown too politically correct, or heaven forbid, have been coming home from school exhibiting socialist signs like sharing, this could be the place for them.
Forget tennis, horseback riding and capture the flag. At the Tampa Liberty School, the St. Petersburg Time reports, kids will learn what America’s really about. They’ll play a game that will teach them about the gold standard through winning hard, wrapped candies to use as currency at a store. The next day, a “banker” will issue paper money. Kids will come to realize that over time money buys increasingly less, unlike the candies that will retain their value.
In another fun activity, the children will sit quietly in an austere room that is meant to represent Europe. Then they’ll pass through an obstacle course that will take them to a brightly decorated room into which red, white and blue confetti will be thrown. The kids will have to clean it up though, because “with freedom comes responsibility.”
What child doesn’t like to blow bubbles? At Tea Party camp, they’ll share a single container of soapy solution, pop each other’s bubbles with squirt guns to mimic socialism and count how many bubbles they pop. Then they’ll get their own bottles and pop their own bubbles. So what if it's not as much fun? As conservative writer Jeff Lukins, who organized the camp, told the newspaper, the lesson is “you can do a lot more with individual freedom.” But is it fun?
Tea Party camp is cheap, too. It costs just $15. And if all goes well, the organizers hope to add more sessions and perhaps an after-school program.
If conservatives want to get America back—and keep it—it’s probably wise to start early.