Camp Blog

Tuesday, July 27

DATE: July 27, 2021

The camp is swept up by messianic fervor! Today the campers learned about Rabbi Akiva and his persistent optimism, and discussed why he supported Bar Kochva when he rose to power. In shiur, they learned about Rabbi Akiva’s impressive perseverance to learn Torah at the age of 40, and the way he kept up his spirits when so many of his students died. No wonder he believed in Bar Kochva’s potential to bring about a positive change for the Jewish people.

Later in the day, the Bar Kochva revolt came to life when Rabbi Akiva and Bar Kochva traveled around camp in a wagon, passing out flyers and drumming up support for their cause! 

At night, each chanich/a learned the ins and outs of being a member of Bar Kochva’s recruits! In round-robin fashion around camp, campers learned what it takes to be a part of a spy mission, how to transfer supplies, and other useful skills they will need to fight against the Romans.

In other news, chanichim enjoyed another full day of peulot (activities). A favorite spot at camp is the agam (lake) where campers have the opportunity to choose from kayaking, swimming, jumping on several trampolines in the lake and trying to cross the “shekem log”. Those who make it across are rewarded with double shekem!! 

Kaytana came home this morning from their very own Lina (overnight)! Late on Monday afternoon, Kaytana went on a short walk to their Lina site, where they set up camp and dined on delicious hotdogs and smores! They had perfect weather to enjoy the night out under the stars. Today, they had so much fun making charoset in anticipation of tonight’s Pesach Seder.

Machal began their day with a hike up to 2,245 feet above sea level on the Tracy Ridge trail with beautiful views of the Allegheny Reservoir. They will spend the night camping in the Allegheny National Forest as well.

Registration for summer 2024 is now closed.
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Staff application opens on 11/17.

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Registration for summer 2023 is now closed. There are a few select spots remaining.
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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