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Sunday, August 5

DATE: August 5, 2018

Shavua Tov from Sugar Grove!

We had a beautiful shabbat at Camp Stone and an energizing and wonderful beginning of the week!

Shabbat at Camp Stone is hard to capture in words. Many campers (and their parents) share that they look forward to Camp Stone shabbat the entire year. Here is an attempt to capture some of the shabbat Stone spirit: As the camp welcomes shabbat, the bet knesset fills with song, dancing, connection, and intense ruach throughout tefilla. The campers are edu-tained about halacha (this week about netilayt yadayim) in spirited, funny, and informative halacha skits. They march and sing their way to the Chadar Ochel for Friday night dinner – which entails intense cheering, singing, and dancing (literally almost breaking the floorboards – which is an actual Edah Daled cheer 🙂 ).  Shabbat morning tefillah also includes Parsha skits, singing, and divrei Torah. The campers enjoy special Kiddush treats (donuts) in their shabbat chaburot while they learn Parsha. Lunch is packed with more dancing, cheering, and singing (and some eating as well :-)). Then the camp is dotted with chavrutot as campers meet with their partner from tzevet (staff) and hadracha (counselors) for individualized learning, schmoozing, and sharing. The campers then have time for Menucha to chill and relax with their friends. After Mincha, is Seudah Shelisheet followed by “Stone Trivia”, singing, and the high point of *slow shira*. The chadar ochel literally filled with the intense and uplifting singing. The campers and staff sit in concentric circles, arms linked, voices raised and reflect on the learning, friendships, and growth from the past week. And then . . . the campers join for a very spirited Havdalah, excited for the week at Stone that awaits.

Today was a full day of activities in warm and sunny weather!! The campers began exploring  Shmuel 1 and the reemergence of the mishkan. In shiur, they learned about the characters of Chana & Elkana and discussed how these characters demonstrated a strong commitment to family and to Hashem and emulated empathy towards others. The pre-lunch skit was staged at our soon to be debuted *Mishkan* replica – which included fully costumed kohanim, live animals (don’t worry – no actual sacrifices were made 🙂 ), and burning incense. Chofni and Pinchas demonstrated their greed and corruption in the mishkan service as they selfishly partook of people’s korbanot.

*Kaytana* spent the day at the super-fun Midway Amusement Park!

*Machal* joined the rest of camp for a wonderful shabbat! For their sicha, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna (Disclaimer: he is this writer’s husband :-)) shared an idea about the luchot, never being publicly displayed, embodying the selective modesty required of Jewish leaders. He related this idea to his experiences supporting the growing Jewish community in Dubai, where Jewish identity is often kept private. On motzei shabbat, last night, they left for their 5 day adventure to Algonquin Park, where they will push themselves to the limit as they hike, canoe, portage, and sleep outdoors. They carry all of their belongings and all of their food, camping material, etc. with them throughout the week. In the process, they reflect on building a community based on the values they have explored and cultivating in themselves the characteristics of genuine leadership.

Layla tov from Camp Stone!

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