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Monday, July 30

DATE: July 30, 2018

Greetings from Camp Stone!

We have been enjoying another rich and exciting day at Camp Stone! Please read on for updates on all of Machane – including a special spotlight (and update) on our amazing Machal program!

During daily morning shiur, the campers reflected on texts related to Jewish female leadership, which aligned with our immersion in the period of Settling Eretz Yisrael, as we particularly focus on several heroines who enabled this incredible feat. Did you know that twice daily (during two of the following: Aruchat Esser/ Shekem/ Lunch) the campers are immersed in skits and re-enactments that reflect the period we are learning? Today the campers met “Judge Devorah” and were able to present their authentic cases and receive her wise verdicts and guidance. They also encountered the brave Yael and watched as she strategically and heroically killed Sisra (in a G-rated rendition :-)), a Caananite General.

The campers also enjoyed the full range of exciting and enriching activities, including their beloved Chugim – elective activities of their choice!

*Kaytana* continued their immersion in the stories of Tanach. They tie-dyed shirts in honor of Yosef’s special coat and created beautiful dreamcatchers in honor of his grand dreams. They also loved DOUBLE Agam. They bounced on the huge flotational island and enjoyed boating and other water sports.

For all of you with loved ones in Machal – here is your long awaited *Machal Spotlight Update*:

On Wednesday, Machal began their month-long experience of rigorous hiking, leadership training, Jewish values immersion, and community building with their first grueling hike which ended with a leisurely float down the river.  They set up a camp, BBQ’ed, and slept in the great outdoors – their first of many this month.

On Thursday, Machal hiked in the beautiful Allegheny Forest and slept outside. Even the rain didn’t deter our adventurous hikers. They persevered through the rain and enjoyed a longer and restful sleep. Nothing stops this adventurous group! On Friday, Machal went on an exciting canoe trip and then prepared for shabbat in camp. After their adventures, it was wonderful for them to enjoy a spirited, joyful, Camp Stone-signature shabbat back in their beloved machane. They brought great ruach, cheering, and energy throughout shabbat.

On Sunday, the group visited a a Jewish cemetery that used be part of a vibrant Jewish community. They reflected on the critical aspects of a Jewish community. They also visited the Kinzua Dam  on the Allegheny River which is one of the largest dams in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Stay tuned for more regular updates . . .

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