Camp Blog

Tues June 27

DATE: June 28, 2023

Before we get started on today’s blog – remidner to go look at photos from last night’s BUNK NIGHT, where each bunk presented about their name. great group pics!

Today we learned about a very tragic figure -Elisha ben Avuya who left his religion half-way through his life. The students discussed how his student Rabbi Meir never stopped respecting him and recalling what he learned from him. His nickname became “Acher” which means “Other” and that is the name used to quote his rulings. There are many ways to interpret the story of how he entered “an Orchard” and then left Judaism, and the chanichim discussed them and then talked about learning from people who are flawed and the concept of teshuva.

In machane today, Rabbi Yismael and Rabbi Akiva drove around (their Roshei Eidah dressed up, of course) and asked chanichim to draw a Beit Midrash – Rabbi Akiva who was a more creative spirit just told kids to draw whatever they wanted/visualized whereas Rabbi Yismael (a more classic and “in the lines”  kind of thinker) showed them a picture of a Beit Midrash for them to copy. This was a great way for the campers to see the different personalities at play.

We had a full day of peulot, despite some on and off drizzle – and then a beautiful and fun Erev Shira after maariv tonight. We have our own guitarist, keyboardist and drummer and we all sang out on our Dining Deck. Those old slides were projected up on the tarp-wall, and we sang the classic Israeli songs  (think “chai-chai-chai” and “Yo Ya”) from years ago and some from more recent artists. Seeing chanichim of all ages singing these songs, swaying arm in arm and having such a great time together is a highlight of the summer!

Kaytana learned about galut (exile) today in their shiur and then lived the lives of slaves in Egypt, for a part of the day. Our plugah (maintenance staff) gave them some tasks to perform and Alex, their Rosh Kaytana was dressed as Pharoah, ordering them around. Yonina, their other Rosh Kaytana, would deliver plagues on Pharoah – red bug juice, frogs, a blindfold etc etc Each time plagues were sent, the orders became louder and louder! A fun way to go back in time and experience  a tiny taste of the Jews’ experience in Egypt. All of the campers watched the movie The Prince of Egypt tonight as a special night activity.

Machal had a looong hike today – 12 miles, ending at the Buckaloons campsite where hot cocoa awaited them. They grilled burgers and got to bed!

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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.


Yakov & Estee, Co-Directors