Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Tea party summer camp held in Florida


A man flies a 13-star American flag during a Flag Day Rally sponsored by The Vaca-Dixon Tea Party Patriots. (Joel Rosenbaum - AP)
School is out and kids have hours and hours of free time to terrorize the neighbors, make their room messy, and ... attend a tea party summer camp?

A tea party group called the Tampa 912 Project will host a weeklong seminar in mid-July that promises to teach Florida kids about the principles on which the group says our nation was founded. Those principles include: ”America is good,” “I believe in God, and he is the center of my life,” 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.”

Conservative writer Jeff Lukens, who organized the camp for kids aged 8-12, told TampaBay.com , “We want to impart to our children what our nation is about, and what they may or may not be told.”

Lukens says God will be a big part of the discussion. The camp, which is called Tampa Liberty, will be held at the Paideia Christian school in Temple Terrace, Fla.

Alex Pareene at Salon writes of the camp: “I can't even write jokes about what the children will do at this camp, because the Tea Party people have predicted all of the jokes and made them real.”

For example, the camp will teach kids about the gold standard by giving them candies and paper as currency at the beginning of the week, and then only paper money after that. Over time, students will see their paper money buy less and less, while the candies will retain their value.

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

In another exercise, the kids will be told to sit quietly in an austere room, symbolizing Europe, and then pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room, which symbolizes the New World. Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown, and then the kids will have to clean the room up, learning that “with freedom comes responsibility.”

Talking Points Memo says the smart kids will, “of course, use their hard, wrapped candies to pay other kids to clean up the confetti.”

The concept of socialism will also be taught by using bubbles.

The camp, which can fit 40 students, runs from July 11-15.

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