Camp Stone: 1969-2019

Camp Stone: 1969-2019

When discussions first began about Camp Stone’s 50th Anniversary, we asked the question – what do we want to accomplish in celebrating such an amazing milestone? Unequivocally, there were two answers: (1) generating warm, positive, wonderful feelings about camp – as individuals across the world reconnect with the institution they love, and (2) drastically increasing our network of committed alumni.

With those goals in mind – we held 4 events over the course of this past year:

It began in December 2018 with our Chanukkah Campaign, where our Tzevet, working the phones in New York and Israel, for 36 hours, and in partnership with matching funds from the Weiss family, helped us raise $400,000 from over 550 donors! The success of that fundraising campaign was the result of hard work by our Tzevet and tremendous dedication and commitment by our alumni and parent network. It was only because of the generosity of our parents, Tzevet and alumni that we reached our goal. We hope to reach even greater heights in the coming years. Stay tuned for our campaign this winter to raise funds for our new swimming pool, Im Yirtzah Hashem!

We then had a winter event called “50 at 50” – a shabbat where 50 families from all over the world hosted people in their homes to reminisce and share old camp memories. The proceeds from those dinners all went to the Camp Stone Scholarship Fund.

Next was Labor Day when we hosted an event in Cleveland, Ohio, honoring Morry & Judy Weiss for 50 years of love and dedication to Camp Stone, complete with a bar-b-que, Camp Stone paper goods, the sale of Stonewear, Machane Trivia, a Machsan concert, and over 400 people in attendance! It was a beautiful tribute to the legacy of Irving Stone.

And our last celebration was held in Israel at Eretz Ayalim in Gush Etzion on Chol Hamoed Sukkot. What a zechut to celebrate Camp Stone’s 50th in Israel, where so many of our alumni – campers, parents, and staff members – have made aliyah and now call Israel their home. It’s hard to believe that 750 people attended – our largest event to date!

Now that our year of festivities has come to a close, we can proudly say that our goals were achieved, and we are excited to see where the next 50 years take us.

See the Photos from Our Celebrations!

50th Celebration in Cleveland.

50th Celebration in Israel.

Watch Our Latest Videos from Summer 2019!

DJ Raphi at Camp Stone!

A Day in the Life!

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.

Sincerely,

Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors