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Thursday, August 9

DATE: August 9, 2018

The Camp Stone Mishkan opened today!

The Stone mishkan is a large impressive structure built in the center of campus that mirrors the actual dimensions, colors, and textures of the Mishkan described in the Tanach. It has been an important element of tochnit skits and a highly visible part of the campers’ environment. Today, the campers began an interactive and immersive experience inside the mishkan.  The mishkan activity includes a competitive scavenger hunt to decipher clues and solve challenges related to the different Keilim: menorah, mizbeach, ketoret, lechem hapanim, parochet, keruvim, and aaron, in the chatzer, kodesh, and the kodesh hakedoshim. Challenges to be solved also relate to the melachot that are forbidden on shabbat based on the creation and function of the mishkan. To reflect the holiness of the holiest – and most restricted – part of the mishkan, campers are only permitted to peek inside the Kodesh HaKedoshim but not to enter. When they figure out a clue, they win a piece of the asseret hadibrot that they reassemble and return to the Kohen Gadol.

As they embark on their mishkan adventures, the campers explored several ideas connected to the mishkan. The mishkan is a space for us to connect to Hashem. The campers discuss the connection between shabbat as sanctity of time and the mishkan as sanctity of space. They also reflect on the unexpected position of the mishkan when Bnei Yisrael were conquering  Eretz Yisrael, the period we are covering in tochnit. Bnei Yisrael had lost track of the mishkan while they were busy conquering the land and it only resurfaced later in their lives. The campers related to the concept of all relationships requiring intention and effort.  Relevant to the intense and special relationships they develop at camp, they discuss how all relationships need to be nurtured – with Hashem, friends, and siblings.

And, today the campers fulfilled a Stone tradition of throwing their beloved Roshim and Camp directors into the Camp Stone Agam (lake)!  The campers cheered as  Yaakov, Estee, and all of the Roshim fulfilled their annual rite of passage and cooled off on a warm summer day.

During the pre-lunch skit, Shmuel annointed Shaul to become king. and today in shiur, the campers studied the rise and fall of Shaul’s Malchut.  Tonight, the campers will have a fun night activity connected to Bnei Yisrael’s war with Amalek!

Sending love from Sugar Grove!

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