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Thursday, July 29

DATE: July 29, 2021

Last night, Machane Stone slept out under the stars! At Shekem, the Lina (one-night campout) was announced, and all the chanichim packed up and set out to their respective Lina sites not too far from camp. Each edah had a blast, cooking their food on fire pits, bonding with the full group and stargazing. This morning, everyone streamed back to camp after wake-up (no loudspeaker necessary in the woods!). A bit tired but exhilarated, the chanichim jumped right into a regular camp morning filled with Tefilla, food, and Torah learning. 

In shiur, the chanichim learned about one of the effects of the failed Bar Kochva revolt: decentralization of the Jewish community. With geographical distance between groups of Jews, conflicts of opinion, and diversity of practice spread. They discussed how the rabbis dealt with these challenges, as they learned about the town of Usha and the burgeoning community in Bavel (Babylonia).

After the chanichim returned to camp, we had our first rainy morning this session. While we all love a sunny day at camp, the chanichim enjoyed the sounds and sights of the rain, and happily ran around camp in their rain gear. Rainy days include some special peulot (activities)! For example, Edah Bet girls enjoyed MAST (Meet a Sefer Torah), where they held a Torah, peered inside, and learned all about the work of a scribe. So inspiring!

Kaytana is busy preparing for Matan Torah! Today they decorated beautiful covers for their very own Chumashim.

Tomorrow is hike day! Each camper will pack a lunch in the morning, and then each edah will head out for their own hike — which hike will it be? A water hike? A Sugar Grove hike? A berry picking hike? They won’t know until tomorrow! When they return, it’s time for Mincha, and getting ready for Shabbat. By the time the sun gets low in the sky, each bunk and camper will be sparkling clean, and each chanich/a will be wearing their finest blue and white Shabbat clothes. The pre-Shabbat routine culminates in a pre-Shabbat mifkad — just before heading to Kabbalat Shabbat!

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.

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