News

Tuesday June 27

DATE: June 27, 2017

Camp was in Shivat Zion-mode today, with shiur focusing on the Jewish response to the news from King Cyrus that the Jews can all return to Eretz Yisrael and build their temple! Many Jews DID return and grabbed this opportunity, but so many did not. Why would Jews not “go home” when given the chance? The campers discussed and compared to the situation today with so many Jews making aliyah, while so many do not quite yet. Later at night, they had fun sneaking around with pieces of the wall, trying to get to the Old City, at the shekem shack, to rebuild the walls. If Tzevet members caught them (which was hard since they dressed in black and ran around in the dark), they would have to go back to the beginning and try again! This experience, although fun, gave them a sense of the challenge Nechemia and his men encountered when troublemakers from the Jerusalem area tried to prevent them from building up the walls around Jerusalem.

There is an archaeological dig here in camp stone (You didn’t hear about it on CNN?) Near Machal, there are many second-temple artifacts being discovered…one per eidah actually 🙂  Shards of pottery, remnants of a mikvah, even a skeleton!! Through these discoveries, our campers will learn about the people who lived around Jerusalem over the centuries.  It is amazing how these things ended up right here in Sugar Grove 😉

Kaytana had a very full day: Team Moshe and Team Aharon battled it out throughout the day with team marches before each meal, fun activities and games and a ten plagued-theme apache race. They ended with presentations of a cheer, a song, a banner (on oak tag) and a song, dance or stomp about their team name. The campers wanted it to be real! Really real! So score keeping was serious and a winner was announced. But nobody cared or remembers now what they announced 😉 Onwards and forwards to Yetziat Mitzrayim: Pharoah chased them out and they went to have a BBQ at one of our campsites. Complete with hot dogs, smores and…matza 🙂 Ha!

Machal had a beautiful 10-mile hike nearby and camped out at a campsite on the Allegheny river. They had a shiur/discussion about the power of nature and its ability to connect us to Hashem.

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