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Welcome to Camp American

August 8, 2015

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Reclaiming Individual Liberty Through Prayer, Education in the Truth of Our Christian Heritage and Activism

Attention Parents, Campers and Camper Wannabe’s!

Due to circumstances beyond our control the 2016 Camp American will not be held this year.

Watch this space for updates


The goal of Camp American™ is to raise a core of knowledgeable, godly leaders for the 21st century. Camp American™ will help students and adults understand…

  • The Christian principles upon which the nation was built
  • The US Constitution, Declaration of Independence and founding documents
  • The founders’ original intent

Camp American™ is a one-week adventure designed to teach students (ages 12 to adult)…

  • The proper role of government
  • Principles of good government
  • History, economics, civics and government from a Christian perspective.

Our team of outstanding instructors will help your child understand how American government is intended to operate, and how to become involved in the policy making process.

Camp American will also help your teen recognize and refute false teachings and morally bankrupt philosophies now so prevalent in American culture. Students will discover the deception of evolution, the importance of purity and morals in a free society, and the pagan connection to the radical environmental movement. Your teen will learn the importance of prayer and action. Most importantly, students will learn that in order to restore America, we must return America to Christ.

Camp American students will learn in a wholesome, beautiful lakeside setting, free from the influence of TV, radio and television. Best of all students will learn invaluable lessons that they will carry with them into adulthood. They will also build friendships and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Oh, yes. We almost forgot to mention that Camp American is also lots of fun! See the “Recreation” page for examples.

Don’t know what to bring or what to wear to camp?

To Be Better Prepared


 Printable Registration Forms and Flyers are in Adobe PDF format. To get a free Adobe reader click on the icon below

Have a question? Go over to the Camp Forum and post it under the Questions About Camp American category.

Our address is:

Camp American 4635 Southcrest Dr. Louisville, KY 40215




Website Administrator

Program Director Noelle Dielman

Executive Director Chuck Michaelis

Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center gave a lecture on Our Emerging Surveillance Society in June 2009 at Camp American. In it he accurately predicted the very things having to do with illegal immigration “reform” and unconstitutional personal surveillance that we are seeing in today’s America.

Here’s a 15 minute sample-

A full copy of the video can be obtained HERE

The Institute for Principled Policy and Camp American have been jointly sponsoring classes of Institute on the Constitution for over two years now.  One of our goals for this class is to prepare citizens for engaging actively in our governmental structures with a foundation of Biblical and constitutional principles to stand on.

In 2012, our goals became reality as two graduates of Institute on the Constitution, Jim Butler and Scott Cadle, decided to run for public office for the first time.  Each stood for the office of Delegate in the West Virginia state Legislature.  Each man had to win a multiple-candidate primary before moving onto the general election.  On November 6th, Butler and Cadle each won a term in the legislature for their districts.

On Tuesday, December 4th, Delegate Scott Cadle of Letart and Delegate Jim Butler of Gallipolis Ferry were officially sworn in at the West Virginia State Capitol by Judge Thomas Evans. Judge Evans is a judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Mason, Jackson, Roane, and Calhoun Counties.

Delegate Cadle represents Northern Mason County, along with part of Putnam and Jackson Counties. Delegate Butler represents Southern Mason County and part of Putnam County.  The first day of the 2013 Legislative Session will be January 9th, followed by a break until February 13th when the sixty day session begins.

The Institute for Principled Policy, Camp American and Institute on the Constitution wishes to extend our heartfelt congratulations to these two distinguished and determined citizens.

Swearing in ceremony

We the People have the duty to restrain a government operating outside Constitutional boundaries.  The Institute on the Constitution invites you to learn how by discovering your American heritage and birthright.

INSTITUTE ON THE CONSTITUTION – Course Description & Information

 A great history and non-partisan government class for adults and teens to be introduced to the

U. S. Constitution, our Biblical heritage and the concept of limited government.   Twelve weekly classes of approximately 2 hours each are comprised of a 30-minute video lecture, group review and discussion questions.

Beginning with the Bible you will learn of the origins of history, law and government, followed by stories of America’s discovery, settlement and evangelization from exciting, primary sources you never saw in school!  Then, the worldview of the founding fathers is discussed, which leads straight to the text of the Constitution.

Your live instructor will be Barry Sheets, Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Policy and owner of Principled Policy Consulting, LLC.  Barry has nearly two decades of experience working with elected officials and public policy. David Barton of Wallbuilders and Lt. Colonel John Eidsmoe are the video instructors.    Barton is a master teacher with a vast collection and knowledge of founding era literature.  Lt. Colonel Eidsmoe is a Constitutional attorney and professor with degrees in theology, law and political science.  He is a published author and frequent lecturer at colleges, churches and community groups.

This timely and relevant course’s cost is $60 per person prior to October 28thRegistration after that date will be $75.  Your course fee includes the 12 weekly lectures, a Student Manual, and a number of supplemental books that will be read during the course.

 CLASS DATES AND TIME –  Begins October 31st, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks

CLASS LOCATION –Gallipolis Christian Church, 4486 State Route 588, Gallipolis, 45631

TO REGISTER CONTACT – Barry Sheets, 614-989-5293, or register at:

Join in the cause of preserving our God-given Liberty and restoring our Constitutional Republic. After all, if you don’t defend Liberty, who will?

Camp American on the Radio!

January 25, 2011

Camp American Executive Director Chuck Michaelis appeared on Linda Harvey’s Mission America radio program on Tuesday January 18, 2011. The program is carried on WRFD in Columbus, OH.

The subject was Beware The Con-Con Con JobWhy a New Constitutional Convention Would Be Disastrous to the United States. Barry Sheets, the Director of the Institute For Principled Policy, of which Chuck is also the Vice-chairman, was guest host and conducted the interview.

You can hear this interview here

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Freedom Action Conference

Please join us at what will certainly be THE most important conference of the year, the 2010 Freedom Action Conference. Veteran Camp American teachers, Tom DeWeese (American Policy Center), Larry Pratt (Gun Owners of America), Dr. Michael Coffman (Environmental Perspectives, Inc), Barry Sheets (Principled Consulting) and Chuck Michaelis (Executive Director of Camp American and Vice-chairman of the Institute For Principled Policy) are all teaching sessions on their various areas of expertise.

Camp American Executive Director Chuck Michaelis will be joining with Larry Greenley of the John Birch Society to give a presentation on “Why We Must Stop The Con Con.”

There are several levels of registration including a “Student” registration at a fraction of the cost and discounts for couples attending the conference together.

Get all of the details at and join us August 12, 13 and 14 2010!

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This is an 8 minute segment of a 110-minute class taught by Chuck Michaelis, Executive Director of Camp American and the Vice-chairman of the Institute For Principled Policy.

The class, taught at 2009’s Camp American, is entitled Crises, Coups and Constitutional Conventions. It details how a series of crises, both real and manufactured were used by men who wanted to eliminate the state governments (Nationalists) to call a constitutional convention in 1787 and how the men who wanted to preserve the authority of the individual states (Republicans) only by a hairsbreadth saved the United States from that fate and created the delegated powers and limited authority of that is the United States Constitution.

This class is a warning about crises are often created or made into something they are not in order to give the federal government more power.

Questions, comments or want to attend? Send an e-mail to [email protected]

You can buy a copy of this video in its entirety by clicking HERE

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Last year Tom DeWeese, CEO of the American Policy Center, taught 3 classes. This is a 10 minute excerpt of his 55 minute class on “The Founding Documents and the Dangers of a New Constitutional Convention

Questions or comments?

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To purchase the entire video click HERE

Camp American is proud to announce that Pastor David Whitney, head instructor for Institute On The Constitution, will be returning to Camp American in 2010. In his previous appearances he has taught Institute On The Constitution, the Rights and Responsibilities of a Fully Informed Jury (DVD’s available HERE) and The 10 Commandments as the Basis of American Law (DVD’s available soon).

Pastor Whitney ALWAYS delivers an interesting presentation on vitally important and practical knowledge for developing a Christian Worldview

He will be teaching classes on the “Requirements of Christian Citizenship”

Remember Pastor Whitney’s class on the fully informed jury and what it can do in the grand jury phase of a prosecution?

Well check out this story from the Columbus Dispatch for June 30, 2008.

It’s a perfect illustration of the power of the jury.

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