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And we’re back…Opening Day!!!

DATE: June 20, 2018

Reporting live from Moshevet Shivat Zion!!

It’s like we all never left!!

Your children ran off those buses and greeted their friends with the biggest hugs and shrieks! Some shy ones just said hi and started talking. And the new ones were welcomed by their madrichim and madrichot and introduced to the old timers. (And the weather could not have been more perfect!)

We had 9 buses pull up to camp simultaneously with 470 campers representing 35 cities!! Machane Stone is our home away from home, and it feels great to be back. As the blogger who is here for her 22nd summer, I know what I am talking about 😉

This month’s Roshei Moshava are Yael Engelhart and Aryeh Klein. They are leading a very passionate, idealistic and responsible group of tzevet. We will all be living through the pre-1948 decades of the Jews’ return to their homeland, i.e Return to Zion = Shivat Zion

The campers began in the upper baseball field with a welcome from none other than Moses Montefiore and his wife 🙂  They welcomed the chanichim to Palestine in this First Aliyah of the late 1800’s and proceeded to direct each eidah to a station:

  • Jaffa Port where the chanichim were able to get some snacks from the shuk and make juice from Jaffa oranges
  • Border Control where they wrote name tags, handed in all medicines and had their picture taken
  • Tzfat – they created mosaics
  • They threshed wheat at the mill in Mishkanot Sha’ananim – separating the stalk and beating the kernels out of the chaff
  • Blueberry orchards where they planted blueberry bushes and ate blueberries

This opening tochnit (program) was followed by Mincha and dinner. The chanichim spent the evening unpacking and getting to know each other.  Everyone was excited for our first real day, to jump right in to the shiur, activities and bonding!!

Kaytana has their own tochnit each summer where they experience the creation of our nation from Avraham through entry into Eretz Canaan with Yehoshua. They began with a visit to Terech and smashed his idols (that is “Camp Stone language for pinata!!) and then enjoyed getting snack in the shuk of Charan. Off to Avraham’s tent for dinner.

Machal chanichim were in a big circle playing a game within 10 minutes of everyone’s arrival! They were soooo excited for this transformative month!  They had their “shelet aish” to inaugurate the month and celebrate their shevet’s name: Hineni – a word in Tanach that implies passion, determination and commitment. Then off to their first hike on Wednesday. No time to rest!!

Each day I will give you some background and explanations to the pictures you see, as I walk you through our day and any special programs or experiences we are having here.

The blog is usually written in the late evening so best to read about each day the next morning 🙂

Registration for summer 2024 is now closed.
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Staff application opens on 11/17.

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Registration for summer 2023 is now closed. There are a few select spots remaining.
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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