Camp Blog

Monday, August 13

DATE: August 13, 2018

It’s been busy, productive, and exciting at Machane Stone! Please read on for an update on the many happenings over the past few days.

Shabbat is nothing short of magical at Camp Stone! Here’s a brief recap and synopsis of the uplifting, ruach-filled, and dynamic shabbat tochnit at Machane Stone: Mifkad, Kabbalat Shabbat (with dancing, singing, cheering), Halacha skits, Maariv, dancing to Chadar Ochel, Dinner (with dancing, singing, cheering), Oneg Shabbat, Shacharit (with parsha skits & parsha trivia), Kiddush, Learning Chaburot, Lunch (with dancing, singing, cheering), Learning Chavrutot, Menucha, Eidah “chill” Time, Mincha, Seudah Shelisheet, Camp Trivia, Slow Shira, Maariv, Musical Havdallah. To sum, it’s an uplifting hybrid of learning, eating, singing, dancing, & connecting.

Motzei shabbat, each Eidah had a special tochnit which included: Eidah Aleph: Cake Wars & Night Swim; Edah Bet: Luau with Limbo; Edah Gimmel: Climbing Wall & Lip Sync PJ Party; Eidah Daled: the annual Daled versus Machal Basketball Game.

On Sunday (yesterday), the campers were immersed in the story of the Daveed and his battle with Golaith through texts, skits, and night tochnit. They also learned about the many adoring fans that Daveed accrued through his heroic actions. During the night tochnit, the campers played the exciting and creative “Junk Wars” – in which every bunk gathered random items from their bunk and competed to identify their item that best matched the prompt. For example, “an item that resembles the stone that Daveed threw.” The campers also enjoyed the wonderful wide range of peulot  that are unique to Camp Stone.

Today, the campers learned about Shaul’s encounter with the sorcerer and how they revived Shmuel for guidance. They also observed the devastating battle with the Plishtim during a lunch dramatization, in which Shaul was killed. Somehow, Cowboy Dave (who leads the horseback riding peulah) and Yaakov (who co-leads the camp) arrived in full cowboy uniform which was somehow (?) connected to the story – but really just a Fakeout Breakout for colorwar! (Have I mentioned that Machane Stone loves breakouts?)

Did you know that the campers have also been visiting Yehoshua’s Tent? It is located in a field across from camp. The campers have the opportunity to make fresh Nana Tea and Pita on Tabouns – just like the original settlers of Eretz Yisrael 🙂 .

*Machal Spotlight*:

On Motzei Shabbat the campers enjoyed a competitive basketball game versus Eidah Daled and then celebrated a farewell party for 2 of their counselors who were returning to Israel for the army. On Sunday, they visited Pittsburgh and viewed the Flight 93 movie which depicts the story of heroic passengers of a flight on 9/11 who courageously derailed a plane and saved many potential victims in the nation’s capitol.  Today they visited the Flight 93 national memorial. They discussed how the people on the plane, in the most challenging and darkest of moments, stepped up and took responsibility on behalf of others. The group then reflected on the importance of taking responsibility as world citizens, community members, and Jews.  Machal also took time to have some fun at the trampoline park. Tonight they are visiting memorials on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Registration for summer 2024 is now closed.
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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