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Opening day!!!

DATE: June 16, 2021

Welcome to Moshevet Shivtei Yisrael – summer 2021 First session – where we will spend a month making new friends, enjoying tons of outdoor and indoor activities, creating art, spending inspiring shabbatot together and learning about our history from the time of Yehoshua ben Nun leading us into Eretz Yisrael, after 40 years in the desert, all the way to Chizkiyahu’s reign as king! We are all so grateful to be back here in Sugar Grove, PA after a two year hiatus – שהחיינו וקיימנו והגענו לזמן הזה!

When the chanichim (campers) came yesterday, they unpacked and bonded with their madrichim (counselors) and their bunkmates. Each bunk has a name related to the places and people in the books of Yehoshua, Shoftim, Shmuel and Melachim (for example Shimshon and Shilo). This morning, the chanichim went around camp to 4 stations where they experienced: 1) crossing the Jordan River into Eretz Yisrael (a.k.a. the stream behind the boys’ bunks), 2) learning about Jewish law for a farmer who has to give food to the kohanim, leviim and poor people 3) bringing the vessels of the mishkan into the mishkan-structure in Gilgal (a.k.a. the grass near the lake) and 4) bringing the red string to Rachav, the woman in Yericho who helped our spies and who would be saved when the soldiers identify her home by the red string. At each station, there was a team-building activity for the chanichim to do, as they identified with what they were learning. (Now you will hopefully understand the pictures with building “monuments” after they crossed the Jordan River, gathering oranges, marching with mishkan vessels and running a red rope through a tunnel in the walls of Jericho)

At the end of the round robin, each bunk stood in a circle with their flag, just like the tribes each had a flag.

When the Jewish nation entered Eretz Yisrael, they kept Pesach by sacrificing the Pascal Lamb – something, according to the verses in Sefer Yehoshua, they hadn’t done for years since no one had been circumcised in the desert. In order to feel that “passover feeling” we all had meat for lunch, something we never usually do during the week. Special occasion!! And, after lunch, we gathered around “the walls of Jericho” and watched as they miraculously collapsed!

The afternoon schedule was more typical for a day at summer camp with peulot (activities) such as swim, archery, climbing wall and basketball. And tonight’s night tochnit (program) will be more bunk time with sports activities and games, so everyone can continue learning each other’s name and feeling comfortable and at-home as a bunk family.

We cannot wait for tomorrow’s 7:30 kima (wake-up over the camp intercom): BOKER TOV SUGAR GROVE 🙂

Those words are music to our ears….

(This blog post will be written daily in the evening/night hours and will give you a chance to learn about and appreciate some of the magic that goes on here with the experiential education that excites, stimulates and inspires your children! Just in case you do not receive detailed letters about that 🙂 The descriptions you read here are also beneficial in that they will help you understand many of the pictures, about which you find yourself saying “What is that?” or “What are they doing exactly?”)

 

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

Thank you so much for your interest in Camp Stone :) Please email Randi Mashmoor

with the name, age, and gender of your child AND whether you are interested in Session 1 or Session 2, and we will let you know if there is space available in that bunk.