Camp Blog

17th of Tammuz

DATE: July 7, 2023

We had a late wake up today so we could be strong and awake to get through the fast day in a meaningful way. The younger eidot added Avinu Malkeinu to their tefilah, while their older added Avinu Malkeinu as well as a few Selichot. The chanichim who are under bar and bat mitzvah age had a chance to eat breakfast and lunch today, of course. Meanwhile, the programming in the morning was all around the topic of the day and a little bit from our tochnit (time in jewish History that we have been studying). Offical shiur covered the mishna in Masechet ta’anit that reviews the 5 things that happened on the 17th of tammuz, and then each group discussed the customs we have in mourning and the dual nature of a day like today: a little mourning for the Beit haMikdash and we have lost and a little repentence to try and earn / merit its return.

Each eidah, after shiur, had time to visit 5 different skits that the tzevet put on – all about the 10 martyrs – Rabbis who were killed by the Romans around 70 CE, all for learning and teaching Torah.

After an early mincha, the afternoon was time off to rest, relax and watch some movies. At 7:00 pm, we all gathered in the Indoor Beit Knesset – the “IBK”  – for slow singing and then maariv and a break-the-fast brownie tin for each bunk. Dinner was served and then right to a night tochnit for everyone to “get out and have some fun” after a long hot serious day. Eidah Daled met with Rav Adi, our rav haMachane for a mishmar, followed by cinnabons.

Machal began their day with tefilah in Harrisburg, PA and then traveled to the cemetary in Corry, PA to learn about the Jewish community that used to live a half hour from Sugar Grove. They spoke about what defines community and what causes a community to die out. They returned to camp in the latye afternoon and had some time to rest before their maariv and dinner.

Can you believe that brings “full week number two” to an end? Tomorrow is Friday/ Hike day and then onwards and forwards…Color War is around the corner, we all know 🙂  and Machal is headed to Virgina for a memorable few days of canoeing.

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About the Chanukah Raffle

Dear Camp Stone Community,

It is an incredible feeling to reconnect with everyone once again at the beginning of our 2021 camp season.

We are writing to you today, first and foremost, to express tremendous gratitude.

Hakarat HaTov, literally “recognizing the good”, is an important and fundamental principle in our community. We, at Camp Stone, want to express our Hakarat HaTov to everyone receiving this email for your unwavering support, especially this past summer. Whether you provided financial assistance through your donated tuition dollars, participated in Indoor World, or connected with the Camp Stone community in other ways, together we had an incredibly successful, albeit different, summer experience.

There is no substitute for being in Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and this summer, B’ezrat Hashem, we will be back at Camp Stone, in person, in full force.

To achieve that goal, we must continue to ensure the financial success of our home away from home that we all know and love so deeply. The logo on top, featuring the slogan “Stone. Forever.” also features a Ner Tamid, an “eternal flame.” The year 1969, etched into the logo, is the year camp was founded. Symbolically, the overall image represents the idea that Camp Stone began many years ago and must endure forever, always burning brightly, and always an integral part of our collective conscience.

On that note, we are excited to announce that our annual Chanukah Campaign will be a raffle taking place over all 8 nights of Chanukah with prizes for both campers and parents/alumni!!

Please go back to the web page  to purchase raffle tickets and help us achieve 100% participation from our entire camp community!

Looking forward to being in touch with all of you in the near future.


Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors