Camp Blog

Tuesday, August 3

DATE: August 3, 2021

Shalom from day two of the Machane Chutz!

The chanichim woke this morning for tefillah in our chutz beit knesset — right in the middle of the main migrash of our chutz site. On a chutz, we divide the camp into 20 groups called plugot (groups). Each plugah has a group of mixed ages and genders and is led by some eidah daled chanichim (aka the Roshei Plugah). They gather around their fire pit for all meals, and work together to gather wood and to cook. For the Roshei Plugah, this is their first experience with leadership in Machane, and they take it very seriously. Some of these rising ninth graders have aspirations to be Roshei Eidah and Roshei Moshava and know that this is their time to grow in the skills needed for those leadership positions. They have to lead by example and take care of their group.

When it was time for shiur, several shiur teachers did round robins of delivering spoken word poetry “raps” from the perspective of several women of the Talmud, such as Bruriah. Each plugah heard each rap, and was asked to discuss the perspective of the narrators, and what each told us about the nature of Torah she-ba’al Peh (the oral tradition).

Following shiur, each plugah was given ingredients for their lunch — bread, cheese, eggs, vegetables, cinnamon, sugar, salt, etc. They have so much fun for hours! They make a fire, prep it for cooking, prepare their ingredients, eat, and try to cook all sorts of yummy versions of eggs, french toast, grilled cheese, etc. It is the highlight of the chutz!

The day is all about playing catch, building things from wood, working on art projects, catching up with siblings and friends in different eidot, and maybe napping. Some chanichim elected to go to a “drawing from life in the forest” peulah, where they learned how to draw forest landscapes by looking and noticing.

It is another beautiful night tonight, and some campers went stargazing, while others gathered around a campfire for singing, before going to sleep.

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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