News

Thursday Aug 21

DATE: June 21, 2018

Today we all learned about the question of how does Zionism really work? Do we try to actively return after 2,000 years of exile or wait for Hashem to send a Messianic figure to bring everyone home? The chanichim read some opinions and talked it out.

Since everyone is done unpacking, the day was spent in a regular camp routine with peulot (activities) like drama, basketball, baking in the “babybach” (our little mitbach – kitchen – that cooks for programs and all special diets), dance, ceramics, ropes course, swim etc etc. Six activities per bunk! At the end of the day, the chanichim had “sichot” which is an opportunity to sit in small groups within each eidah and discuss a topic related to Shivat Zion, with their counselors. The chugim (electives described in yesterday’s post) and sichot switch off daily. It was a really full day of camp and it feels like we’ve been here for a week!

The night tochnit was a very creative activity in which, after having learned about Herzl and his dream to buy land in Eretz Yisrael,  each bunk had “stone money” to bid with to try and acquire a piece of Eretz Yisrael (well, technically, camp, but use your imagination…) which they will build up and develop this month. Each section had an incentive and bunks had to discuss and reach a conclusion about which area to buy and call their own. For now, the bunk left a sign marking the area as their own. We will follow that throughout the month and see what bunks do to develop their small area 🙂

Kaytana studied the attributes of Yitzchak in shiur and discussed the marriage of Yitzchak to Rivka…actually, they attended the wedding!! Rabbi Adi Krohn, our Rosh Beit Midrash, officiated and a festive dinner was served after the ceremony. Mazal Tov!  The chanichim created challah boards to take home, after learning about the special way that Rivka filled the home with a Shabbat holiness just as Sarah had done. Other than that, just a regular day at camp 😉

Machal spent their second day in the Allegheny National Forest hiking another trail and learning how to pitch a tent. They ate dinner at the Machal Chutz site near camp and had a BBQ with marshmallows. They are all excited to return to their beds over Shabbat and finally see the rest of camp in the Chadar Ochel.

We cannot believe it is Thursday, which means Friday hikes tomorrow and then our favorite hour of the week, a beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat tefillah!! Stay tuned for everyone’s first Friday hike and for Machal’s special activity…

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.